Ranking Pac-12 Recruiting Classes Post Priest Willis, Tahaan Goodman to UCLA

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 24, 2013

Ranking Pac-12 Recruiting Classes Post Priest Willis, Tahaan Goodman to UCLA

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    Head coach Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins had a huge day on the recruiting trail—and that's putting it lightly.

    The Bruins landed the commitments of two extremely talented 2013 recruits in 4-star safety Tahaan Goodman and 4-star cornerback Priest Willis.

    Willis is a 6'2'', 200-pound cornerback, and he is considered to be the No. 6 player at his position, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

    Goodman is an extremely physical safety and checks in at 6'3'', 195 pounds and runs a 4.50 40, according to 247Sports.

    UCLA's secondary of the future is going to be stellar because of these two recruits, and the Bruins' 2013 class is a whole lot stronger, especially within the Pac-12.

    Here's a ranking of the Pac-12 recruiting classes now that Willis and Goodman have committed to UCLA.


    Note: All star rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

12. Colorado

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    Commitments: 13

    This recruiting class won't cut it if Colorado wants to build up its program within the Pac-12.

    Mike MacIntyre will need a few seasons to really establish something, but it all has to start on the recruiting trail. Finishing the 2013 recruiting cycle strong has to be the goal for the Buffaloes, but in the end, this is going to be a long process.

    Thankfully for Colorado, it seems as if they hired the right coach.

11. Stanford

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    Commitments: 12

    For as good as Stanford has been on the field, the team's success hasn't translated well onto the recruiting trail—from a numbers standpoint, at least.

    David Shaw has only landed 12 commitments, but the good news is that all 12 of those commitments are talented players. Four of Stanford's commitments are 4-star recruits, and the rest are 3-stars.

    Still, Stanford will have to pick up the pace to keep up in the Pac-12.

10. Oregon State

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    Commitments: 19

    Mike Riley deserves a ton of credit for being able to recruit in the same state as the Oregon Ducks. Even without Chip Kelly, the Ducks are one of the elite recruiting draws in college football.

    Oregon State is doing some good things on the recruiting trail in light of their competition.

    Riley has rounded up 19 current commitments and has put together a top 50 class so far. 

9. Washington State

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    Commitments: 24

    Mike Leach is going to need some time to make a big impact within the Pac-12 in regards to recruiting. That said, he has put together a nice class with 24 commitments.

    The marquee recruit Leach has brought in for 2013 is undoubtedly 4-star quarterback Tyler Bruggman. He is the No. 17 pro-style quarterback recruit in the country (247Sports Composite), and he is one of the best players from the state of Arizona. 

    All in all, this is a great "building block class" for Washington State.

8. Arizona State

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    Commitments: 23

    The Sun Devils have put together a very respectable class so far, with 23 current commitments. Those commitments are highlighted by 4-star quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who is the No. 11 ranked player at his position, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

    Arizona State's other marquee recruit is 4-star inside linebacker Chans Cox, who is the No. 7 inside linebacker in the 2013 class.

7. Arizona

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    Commitments: 26

    Rich Rodriguez has made a huge impact on Arizona football, and that has translated onto the recruiting trail. The Wildcats are slowly but surely building a great program, and this class will be a big part of their future success.

    Arizona's 2013 class features 26 commitments, 21 of them are 3-star recruits. The Wildcats also have two 4-star recruits in all-purpose back Pierre Cormier and cornerback Derek Babiash.

    Overall, Rodriguez has assembled a lot of talent, but it is going to come down to coaching for Arizona to leave its mark in the Pac-12.

6. Utah

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    Commitments: 27

    According to sheer numbers, Kyle Whittingham and his staff have done a great job of bringing in recruits for 2013. The Utes have 27 current commitments, and they'll finish with a good group of players.

    The only issue here is that none of these recruits are ranked higher than 3-stars, according to the 247Sports Composite.

    That doesn't mean this class won't be good, but it does mean the Utah coaching staff will have to get the most out of them.

5. California

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    Commitments: 23

    You have to give new Cal football coach Sonny Dykes credit for maintaining a fairly strong recruiting class. Sometimes, when a new coach comes into the fold, recruits tend to sway on their commitments and ultimately decommit.

    Cal's class is still very impressive, though, with 23 commitments, 18 of which are 3-star players.

4. Oregon

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    Commitments: 13

    Mark Helfrich was the right hire for Oregon. He'll be able to maintain the Ducks' high-powered offensive identity, while keeping some consistency on the recruiting trail.

    That said, he is going to have to finish strong in the weeks and days leading up to national signing day (Feb. 6).

    Nevertheless, the class he inherited features 5-star running back Thomas Tyner, who runs a 4.3 40, according to 247Sports. The Ducks have also received commitments from a handful of other extremely talented players, including 4-star running back Dontre Wilson and 4-star offensive tackle Evan Voeller.

3. Washington

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    Commitments: 22

    Steve Sarkisian and his staff have done a great job on the recruiting trail during this 2013 cycle. The Huskies currently have a top-15 class, and they are still in the running for a few more good prospects.

    This class is going to get better, but it already features some elite players. 4-star wide receiver Demorea Stringfellow is one of the better receivers in the 2013 class, and 4-star quarterback Troy Williams has star potential.


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    Commitments: 24

    Jim Mora and the Bruins have made huge strides on the recruiting trail this year. UCLA has landed some elite prospects, and with Mora at the helm, the sky is the limit in regards to how good this Bruins program can become.

    Goodman and Willis are the two marquee recruits here, but UCLA also boasts the commitments of former USC wideout Eldridge Massington and 4-star offensive tackle Kenny Lacy

    Overall, this is an extremely strong recruiting class, and it has quickly become one of the best in college football.

1. USC

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    Commitments: 13

    Despite a very rough few months on the recruiting trail, Lane Kiffin and the USC Trojans still boast the best recruiting class in the Pac-12. Even with a handful of commitments, the Trojans still have five 5-star recruits (according to 247Sports Composite), so that goes to show you how good this class was at one point.

    The future of this program is still extremely bright, though. 5-star quarterback Max Browne is going to be one of the better players in college football, and he projects to be the next great USC quarterback.

    The Trojans will also be very strong defensively, and this class features the No. 1 overall safety, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, in 5-star recruit Su'a Cravens.

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