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USC, Oregon Stellar in Pac-10 Recruiting

Jan 17, 2011 – 10:49 AM
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David Wasson

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Chip KellyIn the final push toward National Signing Day 2011 on Feb. 2, FanHouse will examine the recruiting efforts of a major conference in twice-weekly notebooks. As always, recruiting is an ever-changing landscape -- and there are several high-profile players that remain uncommitted. Here is FanHouse's review of the Pac-10.



Total commitments (as of Jan. 16): 24

Five- and four-star commitments: 10

The 411: Despite NCAA violations that have the Trojans on probation and unable to play in a bowl game in 2011, Lane Kiffin and his staff have been busy recruiting to Southern Cal. The Trojans have not one, but two four-star quarterbacks already signed, as Cody Kessler (6-1, 208, Bakersfield, Calif., Centennial HS) and Max Wittek (6-4, 215, Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei HS) will be contending for playing time starting in the spring. Kiffin and USC hope to add five-star WR George Farmer (6-2, 192, Gardena, Calif., Junipero Serra HS) and ATH De'Anthony Thomas (5-9, 160, Los Angeles, Calif., Crenshaw HS) to the haul in two weeks.

Grade: A+


Total commitments (as of Jan. 16): 21

Five- and four-star commitments: 11

The 411: Coach Chip Kelly and the Ducks are hoping to parlay a BCS National Championship near-miss into a Top 10 class -- and just have a few slots to go to complete that effort. WR Devon Blackmon (6-0, 175, Fontana, Calif., Summit HS) and ATH Christian French (6-6, 229, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kennedy HS) are two special talents, and QB Jerrard Randall (6-2, 189, Hollywood, Calif., Chaminade Madonna HS) could be a difference-maker as well.

Grade: A+



Total commitments (as of Jan. 16): 18

Five- and four-star commitments: 11

The 411: The Golden Bears are making a serious run at Southern Cal's formidable class, and still have some room to get there. The best future Cal talent so far: DE Todd Barr (6-3, 265, Lakewood, Calif., HS), QB Kyle Boehm (6-3, 205, San Jose, Calif., Archbishop Mitty HS) and LB Jason Gibson (6-3, 212, Gardena, Calif., Junipero Serra HS).

Grade: A-


Total commitments (as of Jan. 16): 19

Five- and four-star commitments: 8

The 411: Perhaps Stanford's best recruiting effort was in convincing future NFL first-round quarterback Andrew Luck to stay. That said, new coach David Shaw has some keeper talent committed, including LBs Anthony Sarao (6-1, 215, Abescon, N.J., Holy Spirit HS) and James Vaughters (6-2, 233, Tuckers, Ga., HS)

Grade: A-


Total commitments (as of Jan. 16): 21

Five- and four-star commitments: 4

The 411: While only fifth-best in the Pac-10, Washington still has a class shaping up that would make most programs jump for joy. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6-7, 250, Gig Harbor, Wash., HS) and DT Danny Shelton (6-3, 300, Auburn, Wash., HS) are two massive future Huskies.

Grade: B+



Total commitments (as of Jan. 16): 22

Five- and four-star commitments: 1

The 411: Oregon State might only have one or two openings remaining in its 2011 class, which features WR Brandin Cooks (5-11, 165, Stockton, Calif., Lincoln HS) as its centerpiece.

Grade: B-


Total commitments (as of Jan. 16): 18

Five- and four-star commitments: 1

The 411: With four early signees in addition to 18 commitments, Arizona could be done with this class. RB Ka'Deem Carey (5-10, 180, Oro Valley, Ariz., Canyon Del Oro HS) is the best future Wildcat of the bunch.

Grade: B-


Total commitments (as of Jan. 16): 23

Five- and four-star commitments: 1

The 411: The Cougars are seemingly done with their 2011 class, and have gone heavy on the offense. RB Bishop Sankey (5-9, 183, Spokane, Wash., Gonzaga Prep HS) will get great future blocking from OL Rico Forbes (6-5, 290, Corsicana, Texas, Navarro J.C.).

Grade: C


Total commitments (as of Jan. 16): 13

Five- and four-star commitments: 0

The 411: With just 13 commitments to date, Arizona State has the most room to improve in the Pac-10 before National Signing Day. DT Matthew Ramondo (6-4, 280, Las Cruces, N.M., Mayfield HS) has tremendous upside.

Grade: C-


Total commitments (as of Jan. 16): 8

Five- and four-star commitments: 1

The 411: It is not exactly apparent what Rick Neuheisel and his staff have been doing on the recruiting trail, as QB Brett Hundley heads a single-digit class so far.

Grade: D-


Not only does Southern Cal head our Pac-10 rankings, but the Trojans also snagged a surprise commitment over the weekend.

Four-star RB Amir Carlisle (5-11, 190, Sunnyvale, Calif., The Kings Academy HS) switched his commitment from Stanford to Southern Cal after his official visit. Carlisle is also still considering Notre Dame.


Notre Dame picked up two five-star linemen and two four-star athletes are among the 14 public pledges -- which are non-binding and are always subject to change before Feb. 2 -- since Friday's notebook.

Five-star DE Ishaq Williams (6-5, 225, Brooklyn, N.Y., Abraham Lincoln HS) committed to the Fighting Irish. Williams also had offers on the table from Miami (Fla.), Penn State and Syracuse.

Five-star DE/TE Aaron Lynch (6-6, 255, Cape Coral, Fla., Island Coast HS) also chose Notre Dame. Lynch had pending offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State and Tennessee.

Four-star DE Jeoffrey Pagan (6-4, 25, Asheville, N.C., HS) committed to Clemson and four-star WR Andre Davis (6-1, 180, Tampa, Fla., Jefferson Senior HS) chose South Florida.

DT Brandon Tuliaupupu (6-2, 290, Claremont, Calif., HS) committed to Washington State, MLB Blake Terry (6-0, 235, Denton, Texas, Guyer HS) pledged to Texas-San Antonio, WR Jakeem Grant (5-7, 160, Mesquite, Texas, Horn HS) chose Texas Tech, DT Jon Lewis (6-3, 265, Spring, Texas, Klein Oak HS) and DT Chuck Hunter (6-1, 190, West Monroe, La., HS) both committed to TCU.

OG Errin Joe (6-4, 295, Lakeland, Fla., Lake Gibson Senior HS) committed to Georgia Tech, K Matt Goudis (6-0, 165, West Hills, Calif., Chaminade College Prep) chose Miami (Fla.), OLB Ryan Simmons (6-1, 218, Cibolo, Texas, Steele HS) pledged to Oklahoma State, OG Robert Trudo (6-4, 285, Farrell, Pa., Farrell Area HS/UMS) committed to Syracuse, and TE Jack Tabb (6-4, 235, Red Bank, N.J., Red Bank Catholic HS) committed to North Carolina.
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