- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
It was another busy weekend in the Pac-12 as a number of programs reeled in verbal commitments. Utah pulled in three-star receiver Jeremy McNichol, Arizona State continued its hot August and Stanford posted one of the most impressive days of the 2013 recruiting calendar.
Biggest commitment: It’s a three-way tie for this category, but they all go the way of Stanford, which posted a phenomenal Saturday on the recruiting trail. Safety Kirk Tucker (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) announced his commitment to the Cardinal and was followed quickly by linebackers Bobby Okereke (Tustin, Calif./Foothill) and Joey Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit). The three three-star commitments are huge additions to Stanford’s defensive class.
Best performance by a commit/target: Since the high school season hasn’t started yet, this can’t refer to on-field performance. But Arizona State fans are surely happy with the showing Dasmond Tautalatasi (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) put together on his trip to Tempe. The three-star athlete visited Arizona State and committed to the Sun Devils following their fall camp practice on Sunday.
Most-important visit: Every move Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) makes will be scrutinized this fall, so it was big news when he showed up to USC’s Saturday practice. Jackson has made it known that he would like to play wide receiver at the next level, so it was no surprise that he followed that position group for the entire day. On top of that, Jackson had something of a personal chauffer throughout the practice, as wide receiver Marqise Lee -- who also attended Serra High School -- sat out due to injury and was able to spend some extended time with the nation’s No. 6 player.
Biggest answer: Those wondering when ESPN 300 offensive guard Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) would narrow down his final list got their answer on Sunday night, when the nation’s No. 56 recruit announced his final eight schools. Alabama, BYU, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, USC and Wisconsin are his final group. Mama has official visits scheduled to Wisconsin (Oct. 11) and Alabama (Nov. 8), while the only hope for the Pac-12 comes in the form of local schools UCLA and USC.
Biggest question: How high can Stanford climb? The Cardinal are almost assuredly going to rise up the recruiting ranks when Wednesday’s class rankings are released. But this could be just the start to Stanford’s 2014 class. The three defensive commits were big, but Stanford could be poised for even bigger things. ESPN 300 prospects Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Tex./Coppell), Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), Dalton Schultz (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham), Garrett Dickerson (Oradell, NJ/Bergen Catholic) and Nifae Lealao (Sacramento, Calif./Capital Christian) are just a few of the names seriously considering Stanford.