Washington recruiting wrap

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WASHINGTON HUSKIES

The 2011 class

Recruits: 23 (21 prep athletes and two from junior college).

Top prospects: WR Kasen Williams and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins are both members of the ESPNU 150. Williams was the Parade Magazine National Player of the Year, too. Derrick Brown is an intriguing dual-threat QB. The Huskies signed the five best prospects in the state -- according to the Seattle Times -- in Williams, Seferian-Jenkins DL Danny Shelton, DL Taniela Tupou and RB Bishop Sankey.

Needs met: The class includes five linebackers, four receivers, two offensive linemen, two defensive ends, two safeties, two quarterbacks, two tight ends, two athletes, a running back and a defensive tackle. The Huskies got a second QB with the signing of JC transfer Antavius Sims. LB was a need position that was restocked. Coach Steve Sarkisian said he wasn't concerned about a lack of offensive linemen because he restocked last year. With four receivers, two safeties and two "athletes" there's some flexibility between offense and defense, receiver and secondary.

Analysis: It's meaningful that the Huskies dominated the top in-state recruits, beating out Washington State and other Pac-12 and national teams for the local prospects. That was a problem for previous coaches. Brown was a nice get, particularly after the top choices at QB went elsewhere. Sarkisian talked Wednesday not only about speed but also getting taller -- "long, rangy" -- players. It also seems the Huskies will use more 3-4 looks on defense, so signing five LBs and two DEs makes sense. On the downside, the Huskies lost out on three previously committed players: cornerback Kameron Jackson (California), offensive lineman Paulay Asiata (Colorado) and defensive lineman Stephan Nembot (Colorado).

ESPN recruiting grade: B-

Washington State recruiting wrap

February, 3, 2011
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WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS

The 2011 class

Recruits: 24, which includes six players who are already enrolled

Top prospects: LB Logan Mayes, WR Dominique Williams and athlete Tana Pritchard were the highest-rated players. More than a few folks think QB Cody Clements is underrated.

Needs met: The class included five linebackers, five offensive linemen, four receivers, three defensive ends, two defensive tackles, one quarterback, one running back, one safety, one cornerback and one tight end. The Cougars wanted to stock up on both lines and sign a couple of running backs. The numbers on the lines are good, but only one running back, Marcus Mason, signed.

Analysis: The production of Paul Wulff's class from 2010 suggests folks might want to reserve judgment. After all, who saw Marquess Wilson and Deone Bucannon coming? The class is particularly intriguing at linebacker, with Mayes, Chester Sua and Darryl Paulo. When you read about Clements, who's undersized, you can't help but think of Jason Gesser. It will be interesting to see which of the five JC signees proves Pac-12-ready immediately. On the downside, the Cougars lost a top running back, Bishop Sankey (Washington), defensive end Stephan Nembot (Colorado) and defensive tackle Brandon Tuliaupupu (UCLA) to other Pac-12 teams.

ESPN recruiting grade: C-

Pac-12 recruiting rankings

February, 3, 2011
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So how's everybody's Day After Signing Day going?

How about some recruiting rankings?

Here's ESPN Recruiting's Pac-12 rankings -- you can read analysis here -- with a letter grade. The (number) is the national ranking.

1. USC: A (4)
2. Oregon: B (14)
3. California: B (17)
4. Stanford: B (20)
5. Washington: B- (23)
6. Oregon State: C+
7. Arizona: C+
8. Utah: C+
9. Arizona State: C
10. Washington State: C-
11. UCLA: C-
12. Colorado: D

We'll be adding our thoughts -- class by class -- throughout the day.

USC announces 30 new players

February, 2, 2011
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USC announced a class of 30, which includes eight early enrollees.

As for signing day, the Trojans added 21 high school football players and one junior college player, though long-time commit DeAnthony Thomas ended up signing with Oregon.

Five high school players and three junior college players already enrolled at USC in January and will participate in the upcoming spring practice. Coach Lane Kiffin noted that several other signings could be announced soon.

Because USC is still awaiting its appeal of NCAA sanctions, it opted to sign a full recruiting class.

The signees today included: five defensive linemen, four offensive linemen, four linebackers, three receivers, two running backs, two defensive back, a tight end and a punter.

The class is ranked fourth in the nation by ESPN Recruiting.

The five prep players who joined USC last month as freshmen are kicker Andre Heidari of Stockdale HS in Bakersfield, Calif.; quarterback Cody Kessler of Centennial HS in Bakersfield, Calif.; long snapper Peter McBride of Chaparral HS in Paradise Valley, Ariz.; fullback Soma Vainuku of Eureka (Calif.) HS; and quarterback Max Wittek of Mater Dei HS in Santa Ana, Calif.

The three juco players who joined USC in January as juniors are offensive lineman Jeremy Galten of San Mateo (Calif.) JC; offensive lineman David Garness of City College of San Francisco (Calif.); and linebacker Dallas Kelley of Chaffey JC in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

California announces class of 22

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California has announced a class of 22.

The class includes five defensive backs, five defensive linemen, three linebackers, three running backs, two offensive linemen, a quarterback, a tight end, a receiver and an "athlete."

You can read the official bios here.

The class is ranked 16th by ESPN Recruiting.

Colorado announces class of 19

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Colorado announced a class of 19, including defensive end Stephan Nembot, who switched from a commitment to Washington.

The class included 18 high school and one JC player.

The class included four defensive backs, three linebackers, three offensive linemen, two running backs, two quarterbacks, two defensive ends, a receiver, a kicker and a player called an athlete.

You can read their bios here.

Cal staff not finalized

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California coach Jeff Tedford was in a good mood on signing day. Why? Because he signed the best class of defensive linemen in the Pac-12.

"This is the best class of defensive linemen, from top-to-bottom, that we've ever assembled," he said.

But that's not the only reason. He's reassembling his coaching staff, and it might remind folks of the glory days when Cal was fighting with USC for the top spot in the Pac-10.

Receivers coach and passing game coordinator Eric Kiesau is back. As is offensive line coach Jim Michalczik, who hasn't been formally announced but Tedford said "is here, that's not any secret." Tedford said that he and those guys and running backs coach Ron Gould will hash things out -- there's one more hiring expected this week -- and figure out how responsibilities will be distributed.

"There's so much familiarity between coach Gould, Keisau and Michalczik, it's like reassembling the band," Tedford said. "We are all back together. There are no hidden agendas. Everybody understands what's going on."

Asked if he planned to call plays next fall, Tedford said "Possibly." He added,"I'm going to be more involved with the quarterbacks this year."

UCLA announces class of 16

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UCLA announced a class of 16, which included offensive lineman Torian White, who signed with the Bruins after committing to USC on TV.

The class includes three prep seniors already attending classes and a junior college player who signed his LOI in December and will enroll for spring quarter.

The class includes five offensive linemen, three linebackers, two defensive tackles, two quarterbacks a receiver, a running back and a tight end.

You can read their bios here.

Utah announces class of 19

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Utah announced a class of 19, which includes 16 signees on Wednesday, two freshman recruits who are already enrolled and a mid-year junior college transfer who is expected to join them soon.

The class hails from four states, led by Utah with nine signees, followed by California (6), Texas (3) and Louisiana (1).

The class included 11 offensive players and eight defensive players: five offensive linemen, four defensive backs (not including Quinton Pedroza, who was recruited as a receiver/defensive back), three receivers, three running backs, two linebackers and two defensive linemen.

Along with the 19-member signing class, Utah has five other initial counters for 2011. Freshman offensive lineman Zach Bolton (Houston, Texas/Klein Forest HS) and freshman quarterback Tyler Shreve (Highland, Calif./Redlands East Valley HS), who both grayshirted last year after signing in February 2010, are now enrolled in school. In addition, scholarships were extended to freshman tight end Jake Murphy (Alpine, Utah/American Fork HS), freshman wide receiver Tyron Morris-Edwards (Draper, Utah/Alta HS), and senior defensive end Tevita Finau (Lahaina, Hawaii/Phoenix College), who were all on the team last fall.

Arizona announces class of 17

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Arizona announced a class of 17, who will join five players who enrolled at mid-year.

Including the early enrollees, the Wildcats signed 11 offensive players, nine defensive players and two kickers.

Nine recruits were from California, followed by three from Texas, three from Arizona, two from Hawaii, two from Oklahoma and one each from Louisiana, Utah and American Samoa.

As for today's signees: There were four offensive linemen, three linebackers, two receivers, two running backs, two defensive ends, two defensive backs, one defensive tackle and one tight end.

You can read their bios here.

Oregon State announces class of 24

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Oregon State announced a class of 24, which includes 21 high school players and three JC transfers.

You can review their bios here.

The class includes six defensive ends -- three from the JC ranks -- four receivers, four defensive linemen, three athletes, two running backs, two offensive linemen, a tight end, an outside linebacker and a quarterback.

UCLA gets touted receiver

February, 2, 2011
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It hasn't been a great signing day for UCLA, but the getting receiver Devin Lucien provided an afternoon boost.

Lucien picked the Bruins over Miami, Arizona State, Colorado and Kentucky.

Lucien is ranked the No. 63 receiver in the country.

Washington State announces class of 24

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Washington announced a class of 24, which includes six players who are already enrolled.

The class includes a five linebackers, five offensive linemen, four receivers, three defensive ends, two defensive tackles, one quarterback, one running back, one safety, one cornerback and one tight end.

You can review their bios here.

Shaw fills out Stanford staff

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New Stanford coach David Shaw is filling out his staff, promoting Derek Mason to co-defensive coordinator and Pep Hamilton to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.

Mason, the Cardinal's secondary coach, will share the job with Jason Tarver, a former coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Tarver will coach linebackers and Mason will call the defensive signals. Mason also had "associate head coach" added to his title.

“[Mason] has the utmost respect of our players, who draw upon his energy level and detailed teaching skills," Shaw said in a statement. "Derek is a guy who we have always leaned on for game planning purposes and to motivate our players to play at their highest level.”

Hamilton, the Cardinal’s wide receivers coach last season, served as the quarterbacks coach with the Chicago Bears for three seasons (2007-09) and also gained NFL experience in coaching stints with the San Francisco 49ers (2006), New York Jets (2003-05), Baltimore Ravens (2002), Washington Redskins (2001) and Kansas City Chiefs (2000).

“Pep is more than ready for this job,” Shaw said. “He did a great job for us last year. He brought new concepts to our offense, which were invaluable for us in the red zone and was a big part of our success in the passing game all season.”

Prior to joining the 49ers in 2001, Tarver spent three seasons (1998-2000) as a graduate assistant coach at UCLA.

“He has been very successful in training linebackers for the system we run," Shaw said. "His hiring was a no-brainer."

Shaw said he still intends to hire an offensive line/running game coordinator in the next week or so.

Arizona State announces class of 14

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Arizona State announced a signing class of 14, with players from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado and Florida.

The class includes seven defensive players, six offensive players and one special teams player: three defensive linemen, three offensive linemen, two quarterbacks, two linebackers, a punter, cornerback, safety and receiver.

The punter, Josh Hubner, enrolled in January.

You can review their bios here.

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