College football recruiting has the ability to completely change the balance of power in a conference.
Elite recruits choosing one school over another can drastically shift the playing field, especially if a growing or rebuilding program is starting to get some great talent. This really helps balance things out and gives a conference far more dynamic.
The Pac-12 is currently a conference searching for more of that dynamic. USC, Stanford and Oregon have been the big consistent names as of late, while other schools like Arizona, UCLA and Washington are struggling to keep up.
There are a few recruits in the 2013 class that can drastically change the way things look for the future of the Pac-12 though. Let's check them out:
Kenny Lacy, Offensive Tackle, UCLA Commit:
4-star offensive tackle Kenny Lacy is a very big player at 6'6'', 270 pounds and he chose to commit to the Bruins even though he had offers from bigger schools like South Carolina, Arkansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma amongst others, according to 247Sports.
He also turned down a number of other Pac-12 schools including California, Arizona and Arizona State.
This was an important recruiting win for the Bruins as they try to build a program that can keep up with the likes of USC, Oregon and Stanford. Lacy is the kind of prospect who will be a constant on their offensive line for the next few years.
Pierre Cormier, Running Back, Arizona Commit:
Cormier is a smaller back at just 5'10'', 180 pounds, but he's got great speed and will be home run threat in Rich Rodriguez's offense. He runs a 4.5 40-yard dash according to Rivals.com.
The Wildcats currently find themselves ranked No. 22 in the AP Poll and Rodriguez is trying to build a Pac-12 contender for now and in the future. Cormier will be a huge part of any success the Wildcats have.
Troy Williams, QB, Washington Commit:
With the likes of Oregon and Stanford in their Pac-12 North division, the Washington Huskies really have to bring in top talent if they want to compete. 4-star dual-threat quarterback Troy Williams may be the answer.
Williams an extremely athletic quarterback that can be very effective a runner, but he also has a strong and accurate arm—a versatile threat that should be able to really be effective against Pac-12 defenses. You can watch his highlights here via Rivals.com.
The game of football is so much easier when you have a premier quarterback, and Williams can be that guy for the Huskies. He'll at least help them compete with the Ducks and the Cardinal in the North Division.