- Joel Francisco
Here's a team-by-team breakdown of the Pac-12's 2012 recruiting classes after the early signing period.
The Wildcats at the top of the Pac-12 in recruiting is becoming a common theme. Coach Sean Miller and his staff have scoped the entire country and have come up with a scintillating quartet of studs in 6-foot-9 PF Grant Jerrett (La Verne, Calif./La Verne Lutheran), 6-8 PF Brandon Ashley (Henderson, Nev./Findlay Prep), 7-0 C Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Marks School) and 6-2 SG Gabe York (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran). Jerrett may turn out to be the best prospect out west due to his skill set inside and out, while Ashley is a diamond in the rough considering his length and blossoming skills. Tarczewski is a much-improved 5-man who has been well-schooled by the highly-respected John Carroll (New England Playaz), while York can light up a scoreboard from anywhere on the court. This group of standouts comprises the country's best class due to its lethal combination of length (Tarczewski), skill (Jerrett), athleticism (Ashley) and shooting prowess (York).
Arizona, the No. 1 class in the country, and UCLA are leading the way in the Pac-12, writes Joel Francisco.