Stanford recruiting wrap

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STANFORD CARDINAL

The 2011 class

Recruits: 19, all high school seniors

Top prospects: LB James Vaughters and S Wayne Lyons are both ESPNU 150 members. Jordan Richards could play receiver or cornerback, two positions of need. LB Patrick Skov is the younger brother of standout Cardinal LB Shayne Skov.

Needs met: The top three need areas were receiver, defensive line and secondary and the Cardinal hit all three. The class includes five defensive linemen, four defensive backs, two offensive linemen, two running backs, two wide receivers, two quarterbacks and two linebackers.

Analysis: The class mostly held together after the departure of coach Jim Harbaugh to the San Francisco 49ers. There's a lot of top-to-bottom quality that hits needs, and the class upgrades the Cardinal's team speed, particularly in the secondary where it is most needed. On the downside, Stanford lost athlete Amir Carlisle and LB Anthony Sarao to USC. Both had been committed to Harbaugh.

ESPN recruiting grade: B

UCLA recruiting wrap

February, 3, 2011
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UCLA BRUINS

The 2011 class

Recruits: 16, which includes three prep seniors already attending classes and a junior college player who signed his letter of intent in December and will enroll for the spring quarter.

Top prospects: The jewel of the class is Brett Hundley, who is widely regarded as the nation's best dual-threat QB. DT Kevin McReynolds was a nice late pickup, as was WR Devin Lucien. The Bruins also got offensive lineman Torian White, who announced he would sign with USC on Wednesday but changed his mind and honored his commitment to UCLA.

Needs met: The class included five offensive linemen, three linebackers, two defensive tackles, two quarterbacks, a receiver, a running back, a defensive end and a tight end. O-line, D-line and quarterback were the top three need areas and the class hit those.

Analysis: The Bruins' class was going to be small, numbers-wise, anyway, but the lack of star power here received negative national attention, particularly with cross-town rival USC surging, despite NCAA sanctions. Hundley is the only member of the ESPNU 150 in the class. The Bruins lost a number of signing-day battles, too, most notably DE Jalen Grimble (Miami) and LB Tony Steward (Clemson). And many of the battles they won weren't against top teams -- offensive lineman Will Oliver, for example, was committed to Sacramento State, and DT Brandon Tuliaupupu was lured away from Washington State. Part of the problem is the perception that coach Rick Neuheisel is on the hot seat. And the Norm Chow soap opera didn't help, as didn't the continuing void at defensive coordinator.

ESPN recruiting grade: C-

USC recruiting wrap

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USC TROJANS

The 2011 class

Recruits: 30, which includes eight early enrollees. The Trojans added 21 high school football players and one junior college player Wednesday.

Top prospects: Take your pick. George Farmer is the nation's No. 1 receiver. Antwaun Woods was the No. 5 DT. Cyrus Hobbi was the No. 1 OG. Max Wittek was the No. 3 QB. Ten of the signees were ESPNU 150 members.

Needs met: The biggest need: Numbers. And the Trojans clearly hit that. Five high school players and three junior college players already enrolled at USC in January and will participate in spring practices. The class includes five defensive linemen, four offensive linemen, four linebackers, three receivers, two running backs, two defensive back, a tight end and a punter. The Trojans stocked up on linemen -- depth on both sides of the ball was an issue -- and at linebacker, another need. There's also enough speed to fortify the secondary, which struggled in 2010.

Analysis: The class was ranked fourth in the nation by ESPN Recruiting. Said coach Lane Kiffin: “This may be the most critical class that ever signed at USC." The reason for that is the Trojans restocked their numbers while they wait for the NCAA to rule on their appeal of severe sanctions. Even if they don't get relief, getting to a full 85 scholarships this fall will make things easier over the next three years when scholarship reductions are in place, particularly the increased numbers on the line, where players typically need more time to develop.

ESPN recruiting grade: A

Utah recruiting wrap

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UTAH UTES

The 2011 class

Recruits: 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.

Top prospects: Quinton Pedroza was lured away from Arizona State. He could play safety or receiver. Running back was a need and Harvey Langi is a nice prospect with good size who is already enrolled. JC transfer Anthony Denham is 6-foot-6 receiver who figures to offer a big target in the red zone.

Needs met: The class included five offensive linemen, four defensive backs (not including Pedroza, who was recruited as a receiver/defensive back), three receivers, three running backs, two linebackers and two defensive linemen. With the departure of both Matt Asiata and Eddie Wide, the Utes needed running backs, so signing three met the No. 1 need: Langi, Jarrell Oliver and John White IV, a JC transfer who should be on hand for spring practices.

Analysis: A solid class for the Utes. The one area of concern: quarterback. The Utes didn't sign one. They had a commitment from Derrick Brown out of Murrieta, Calif., but he switched to Washington. There was hope that Michael Eubank could be lured away from Arizona State, but he stuck to his commitment. Starting QB Jordan Wynn will be a junior next fall and there's no experience behind him. The Utes recruited well in-state, signing nine from Utah. And signing five offensive linemen always seems like a good thing.

ESPN recruiting grade: C+

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

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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

February, 2, 2011
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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

February, 2, 2011
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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.

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