Friday, September 20, 2013
Pac-12 recruiting mailbag
By Erik McKinney
It's Friday, which means a quick trip to the Pac-12 recruiting mailbag. If you have a question about recruiting in the Pac-12 conference overall or with any specific program, please tweet them either at @EMcKinneyESPN or with the hashtag #Pac12recruiting.
This week, it's a look at Oregon and UCLA.
@mheels720: Who's the next espn 300 recruit you think will [commit to] the #ducks?
I don't know if he's the next guy to join the class, but one ESPN 300 prospect the Ducks are doing well with is safety Mattrell McGraw (River Ridge, La./John Curtis). The interesting thing about Oregon's pursuit of McGraw is that the Ducks haven't extended offers to his teammates and good friends, Malachi Dupre and Kenny Young. McGraw recently said that Oregon and UCLA comprise his top two, and the Bruins have offered both Dupre and Young. There are a number of Southeast schools still in the running for Dupre, but if all three decide to go to school together, it looks as though the Bruins could be in a good shape. However, that would mean Dupre turning down Alabama, as well as hometown LSU, which might be too difficult for him to do. If that's the case, McGraw would be able to make his own decision, and the Ducks are going after the nation's No. 193 overall recruit in a big way.
Via e-mail: As of today who would you say has the best Pac-12 recruiting class? UCLA?
As of today, Arizona leads the Pac-12, with Stanford just behind them. That's according to our most recent class rankings, which are released every Wednesday. There simply isn't enough depth in UCLA's class at this point to compare them favorably to the Wildcats or Cardinal. However, by the time signing day comes around, UCLA might be the safe bet to finish with the top class in the conference. The Bruins are in on a number of big-time national recruits and are all too happy to step in as local recruits are no longer flocking to USC. It doesn't appear that UCLA coaches are too worried about filling the class with early commitments, as most of the big-name guys -- and UCLA's biggest targets -- will wait until late in the recruiting calendar to commit. If the play on the field continues at its same trajectory, there could be a big signing day celebration in Westwood.