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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.

THE BEST

SOUTHERN CAL TROJANS

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+

OREGON DUCKS

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+

THE CONTENDERS

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS

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-

STANFORD CARDINAL

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-

WASHINGTON HUSKIES

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+

REST OF THE PACK

OREGON STATE BEAVERS

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-

ARIZONA WILDCATS

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-

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS

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

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS

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-

UCLA BRUINS

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-

TROJANS STRIKE AGAIN

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.

COMMITMENT TICKER

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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