It was something of an odd opening weekend for Pac-12 teams looking to bring in recruits for official and unofficial visits. Only four programs hosted Saturday games and the conference had just two official visitors in total. But even without a significant number of visitors, there was important news for the conference.
Malik Lovette commits to Oregon
Congrats to @MalikLovette for verbally committing to the University of Oregon! He's going to be a great Duck! The kid can fly!
— Kurt Bruich (@CoachBruich) August 31, 2014
Lovette’s head coach, Kurt Bruich, offered his congratulations to his star athlete, who committed to Oregon while on an official visit. The commitment didn't come as much of a shock, and Oregon continues to stockpile talent in the offensive backfield, as Lovette teams with fellow ESPN 300 running back Taj Griffin to give the Ducks a potent duo.
2016 talent takes in big USC win
— David musa (@dav_musa) August 31, 2014
With UCLA on the road this weekend, USC coaches took advantage of being the only game in town, bringing in a number of bigtime 2016 prospects. ESPN 300 quarterback KJ Costello and ESPN 300 wide receiver Tyler Vaughns are pictured above, and there was plenty more junior talent in attendance. Cornerback C.J. Polland, athlete Brandon Burton and linebackers Darrian Franklin and Blake Walls were a few other 2016 ESPN 300 prospects in attendance.
Trojans make solid first impression under Sarkisian
Man... A place like USC is hard to beat. It recruits itself! Pops really has an awesome job✌️🔴🌕
— Caleb Wilson (@CWilson__12) August 31, 2014
First-year USC defensive line coach Chris Wilson's son Caleb is a quarterback at Gardena (California) Serra High School, which just so happens to produce arguably the most FBS-caliber talent in the state. A year after signing three Cavaliers, including five-star athlete Adoree' Jackson, Wilson's presence at the school might give the Trojans another boost, as he was one of a number of Serra prospects to take in the USC game.
First visitor for Oregon State
Oregon Bound! ✈️
— Solomon Matautia (@poly_soly) August 28, 2014
The Beavers are one of only a handful of Pac-12 programs that look to take advantage of bringing in a number of official visitors for game days, and Oregon State had safety commitment Solomon Matautia on hand this weekend.