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Pac-12 recruiting storylines: Dec. 19 

December, 19, 2013
The dead period runs through Jan. 15, and some recruits have said they will use that to take a break from recruiting, but that doesn't mean it will shut down for everyone. Coaches are still able to contact recruits during the dead period -- just no in-person contact -- and a number of recruits will be making commitments during this time. Over the next few weeks and through the holidays, Pac-12 recruiting fans will have a number of things to keep an eye on, including these five topics.

Who sets January visits?

With the dead period wiping out an entire weekend normally dedicated to official visits, recruits will have just three January weekends available to take visits -- the 17th, 24th and 31st -- if they'd like to commit and sign on signing day. Every Pac-12 program is looking to load up on official visits during those weekends. Stanford and USC look as though they will be very busy on Jan. 17, and Oregon is always able to grab a few late official visitors -- ESPN JC 50 WR Eric Lauderdale (Fayetteville, Ga./Saddleback College) is scheduled for Jan. 31. There are plenty of Pac-12 targets saying they will likely set up January officials to various schools.

Arizona adds ESPN 300 teammates

August, 22, 2013

The Arizona Wildcats received some big news Wednesday night, as ESPN 300 teammates Marquis Ware and Jamardre Cobb (Los Angeles/Salesian) announced their commitments.

The announcement came in the form of a text message to media members from Salesian assistant coach D'Vah Thomas.

Ware, the No. 120 prospect in the country and No. 9 recruit in California, is listed as an athlete but will likely play linebacker at the next level. Cobb, the nation's No. 185 recruit and No. 13 outside linebacker, is the No. 2 outside linebacker in California and one of the state's most physical players.

Both held offers from a number of national powers, including Boise State, Florida State, Miami (Fla), Ohio State and Wisconsin. Ware also held offers from Texas A&M, UCLA and Vanderbilt.

Arizona built its lead for both players over the summer, as it hosted them on an unofficial visit that blew them away. Though the new football facilities weren't completed when they were on campus, both spoke glowingly about their time in Tucson and they seemed ready to make a commitment for several weeks.

The commitments are big ones for the Wildcats, who now own verbal from three Salesian players, as athlete Rodney Carr previously gave his pledge to Arizona. The 2014 recruiting class now contains three ESPN 300 recruits and six four-star players. But perhaps more important, Arizona's presence in California moves up another notch. Of the Wildcats' 24 verbal commitments, 14 play high school or junior college football in the Golden State, which is the same number Rich Rodriguez's program pulled from California in the 2013 class. The Wildcats have commitments from four of the top 36 California recruits, which will only help them moving forward in future classes.

But like many recruitments, Cobb and Ware aren't completely finished with the recruiting process. Both have an official visit planned to Oklahoma on Oct. 4, which they still plan to take. It won't be surprising to see the teammates take all five of their visits, though one will definitely be to Arizona.

For now, these commitments will likely boost Arizona in the team recruiting rankings. The Wildcats sit at No. 32 overall and No. 2 in the Pac-12, but now Arizona now could make a serious run at Stanford for the top of the Pac-12 recruiting rankings.
The first annual B2G 7v7 Elite 16 Tournament is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday and will feature 16 of the top passing league teams from Southern California. There will be some familiar faces out at Fullerton (Calif.) College this weekend, as well as others looking to play their way onto the scene. Big performances will determine who comes out victorious, but heading into the weekend, here are five storylines we'll be on the lookout for.

B2G’s to lose?

It’s B2G’s tournament, and with four teams in the field of 16, the program should be favored to capture its first 7-on-7 title of the spring. Wide receiver Daniel Kahn (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame) put on a show at last weekend’s Passing Down tournament, and fellow wideout Trenton Irwin (Newhall, Calif./Hart) should be back on the field after missing the last event. Quarterback Brady White (Newhall, Calif./Hart) has been upping his performances each time out, so we’ll see if the Five Star team can click on all cylinders this weekend.

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A strong start for Salesian standouts 

September, 17, 2012
Los Angeles Salesian was seemingly a mandatory stop for college coaches during the spring evaluation period and with the Mustangs making a strong push out of the gates this fall, coaches will continue to visit Salesian’s standouts.

The biggest news came last week, when quarterback Jihad Vercher picked up his first offer, from Army. Vercher was tremendous this spring and summer, as he stood out at every camp he attended. He threw for 331 yards and rushed for 165 yards and four touchdowns in a tough Week 2 loss, but bounced back in blowout wins the past two weeks, as he completed 22 of 29 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns in the two wins.

Vercher said he understands that an offer from a service academy carries a different meaning than one from any other FBS program, but he added that he views that offer as a distinct possibility. Boise State and Oregon State coaches have been by the Salesian campus in recent weeks and Vercher said he has heard from additional programs as well, but the senior quarterback added that he is content to play out his season and wait for coaches to make a decision.

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