In the next 24 hours, Pac-12 fans will see plenty of prospects commit to their schools. That joy, however, will tempered by some of their teams' prospects decommiting as well.
It's a vicious cycle, signing day is. One minute you're fist pumping the air, the next minute you're cursing at it.
The Pac-12 currently has four schools in Scout's Top 20 team rankings: UCLA is No. 6 with 23 commits, Washington No. 11 with 22, USC No. 13 with 12 and Oregon No. 18 with 17 commits.
Which Pac-12 school will see the biggest surge up at the end of signing day? Which team will make the biggest jump up?
UCLA should be the Pac-12 big winner on signing day.
Two former USC commits, 4-star defensive end Kylie Fitts and 5-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes make their decisions on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, although according to Vanderdoes' twitter feed, he has already made his decision and may have signed his paperwork (but cannot fax until tomorrow):
Making my college decision silently and it's not gonna be easy tonight that's for sure. Now I'm ACTUALLY signing. #BigBoiStuff— EV4™ (@EddieVanderdoes) February 5, 2013
Fitts decommitted from USC after he apparently was not offered the opportunity to early enroll despite being under the impression that he would be able to enroll early by the school.
According to UCLA's registrar, UCLA's spring quarter begins March 27 which means Fitts, if he signed with UCLA, could compete for a starting spot in spring practice. Fitts could be leaning toward UCLA if this is the most important factor in making his decision.
On the other hand, USC has been a long time favorite of Fitts, who told Scout last April that USC is "where my heart is and there is no way I’ll go anywhere else.” This one is 50-50 for either USC or UCLA but I have a sneaking feeling Fitts commits to UCLA so he can enroll early and get a jump start on playing this fall.
Vanderdoes is down to five schools: USC, UCLA, Washington, Notre Dame and Alabama. USC recently offered Vanderdoes' little sister Baylee a basketball scholarship ostensibly to counter an advantage held by UCLA, where Vanderdoes' older sister attends. This one is getting very interesting but I'm leaning toward Alabama because of these tweets by Vanderdoes:
Man I love it out here in T-Town. Idk why everyone was saying I wouldn't love the South haha I fit in perfect here. #RTR— EV4™ (@EddieVanderdoes) February 2, 2013
Watching film with Coach Rumph of Marcell Dareus and I def can see the similarity in body type and how we play! Got me excited!— EV4™ (@EddieVanderdoes) February 3, 2013
Haha never a bad day having brunch at Coach Sabans house then getting to ride his Golf cart down to his lake #rtr— EV4™ (@EddieVanderdoes) February 2, 2013
Offensive tackle Christian Morris, committed to UCLA, just returned from Ole Miss and his profile page indicates a "high interest" in the school. Morris is from Tennessee so staying in SEC country shouldn't be a shock. Moreover, Ole Miss is on a tear somewhat similar to UCLA's.
If Morris decommits, this would be a huge loss for UCLA but I think the Bruin staff keeps him to his commitment.
With the pick up of both Vanderdoes and Fitts, UCLA will move up on the team rankings but even if the Bruins only sign Fitts, signing day would still be considered a win for UCLA.
USC, on the other hand, is in a bit of a funk after losing 5-star corner Jalen Ramsey to Florida State on Tuesday. The Trojans also have two other soft verbals in Torrodney Prevot and Nico Falah—if both of those commits flip, USC will take a huge drop.
Washington has had a very strong class as well as Oregon but I don't think either will catch up to UCLA.
Bottom line: If UCLA lands either Fitts or Vanderdoes, the Bruins will be King of LA.