NCF On The Trail: Peyton Bender

Pac-12 class rankings analysis 

October, 9, 2013

Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings. For an in-depth look at the Pac-12, check out our conference rankings:

1. Arizona, 24 commits: The Wildcats check in at No. 23 in the RecruitingNation class rankings with a class that includes four ESPN300 commitments, including No. 120 overall Marquis Ware and No. 185 Jamardre Cobb of Salesian High in Los Angeles. Arizona will take its shot with No. 17 overall Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy), and teammate Dae'Juan Funderburk (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) in December.

Pac-12 2014 recruiting scenarios 

October, 8, 2013

This week's list offers a look through the Pac-12 at the potential best-case and worst-case scenarios that the 2014 recruiting cycle could bring for various programs. While a few of the best-case scenarios might be close to within reach for some programs, many of the worst-case scenarios would take a special brand of bad luck.

Best-case scenario: Arizona doesn't hold onto all of its 24 verbal commits, but keeps all of its priority recruits in the fold. In exchange for some of the decommitments, the Wildcats are rewarded with a big splash from either ESPN 300 prospect John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) or Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure). A strong finish to the season also helps Arizona clean up in its home state, landing commitments from offensive linemen Natrell Curtis (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe), Andrew Mike (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino), Layth Friekh (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial) and junior college defensive lineman Claudeson Pelon (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa College).

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Cougars gain in-state defensive tackle

April, 28, 2013
Class of 2014 defensive lineman Marcus Griffin (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) has accepted an offer from Washington State, according to multiple sources.

Griffin (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) also holds offers from Colorado State, Idaho and Wyoming. Arizona State, Boise State, California, Oregon and Washington expressed interest.

Griffin is commitment No. 2 for the Cougars, who picked up quarterback Peyton Bender (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) in March. Both Griffin and Bender will be included in ESPN's next rankings update.

Five stories to watch: Atlanta NFTC 

April, 12, 2013
Stop six of 13 for the NFTC will take place Saturday at Buford (Ga.) High School in the Northwest sector of metropolitan Atlanta, and this event will not be short on star power. More than 300 prospects representing 20 states are expected to come out and compete, over 90 of which claim offers from FBS programs. Here are five storylines to watch at the Atlanta NFTC.

Will Lorenzo Carter emerge as the top pass-rusher in the Southeast?

Based on his junior season alone, Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) put his name is on the map as one of the best in the country off the edge. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end helped lead Norcross to its first state championship last fall, racking up 136 tackles, 45 tackles for losses and 18 sacks in Georgia’s highest classification. More than 30 programs have offered a scholarship to Carter, and he plans to showcase just why he is so coveted this weekend.

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Weekly commitment roundup 

April, 5, 2013
Kameron Schroeder OT Elk Grove, Calif./Cosumnes Oaks
HT: 6-foot-5 WT: 235 pounds

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Wazzu lands Florida QB Bender 

March, 31, 2013
Class of 2014 signal-caller Peyton Bender (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) has committed to head west and play in the Pac-12 for Washington State, multiple sources report.

Bender said in a text message to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, "I'm really excited for the opportunity."

His only scholarship offer is from the Cougars. Other programs, including East Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky, Marshall, Rice and West Virginia, also recruited the 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior.

He is Washington State's first pledge for 2014.

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