Every Wednesday we'll take a trip around the Pac-12 to see how recruiting is panning out. Whose class is shaping up nicely and who has a lot of work left to do? Your weekly recruiting roundup will help answer just that.
Some programs may have taken a bit of a break with the Fourth of July holiday, but not Washington. The Huskies grabbed eight commits over two weeks. Those commits are 3-star OL Andrew Kirkland, 3-star RB Lavon Coleman, 3-star DT Andrew Bashman, 3-star Daeshon Hall, 3-star OL Poasi Moala, 3-star Elijah Qualls, 4-star WR Demorea Stringfellow and 3-star Caleb Tucker. Seven 3-stars and one 4-star isn't bad for Washington at all, as the Huskies made a huge climb in the Pac-12 recruiting rankings.
Arizona had a good couple of weeks also, getting commits from 3-star ATH Samajie Grant, 2-star Derrick Turituri and 3-star DB Derek Babiash. While the Wildcats have yet to get a 5-star commit, they currently boast one 4-star and 11 3-stars. They are right on UCLA's heels as far as recruiting class, so it will be interesting to see if they can catch them.
Quite a few Pac-12 programs gained commits from a 3-star this week; California with 3-star OL Cameron Hunt, Colorado with 3-star OL Gunnar Graham, Oregon with 3-star OL Alex Redmond and UCLA with 3-star DT Kenneth Clark. Oregon State got two with 3-star WR Jordan Villamin and 3-star WR Victor Bolden.
USC continues to hold a top recruiting class, despite only having 11 commits to date. Adding 4-star LB Michael Hutchings, it is easy to see why the Trojans have a highly praised class. With five 5-star and six 4-star pledges, USC has solidified themselves as the highest average star ranking in the nation with 4.45.
Only one commit for Washington State with 2-star DB Myron Turner. Mike Leach liked what he saw from the DeSoto, Texas native and was able to secure a verbal commitment for the class of 2013. This brings the Cougars to 10 total commitments.
No decommits to report on for the Pac-12. While nothing is set in stone until next February, this is still a good sign.
Rumor has it that the BYU-Utah rivalry will end in 2014-2015, per CougarBlue.com.
"When we joined the Pac-12 Conference, we knew there would be opportunities for Utah athletics that were never available before," athletic director Chris Hill said in an official statement released Tuesday afternoon.
The 2014 season will be the first time "The Holy War" won't meet since 1922.