Football Recruiting: Pac-12 Signing Day Predictions
With national signing day a mere 24 hours away, many college coaches will on the edge of their proverbial seats—waiting in eager anticipation for recruits to make their intentions known as to where they will be playing collegiately next season.
The Pac-12 has recruited well as a conference during this cycle. According to Rivals, both UCLA and USC are in the top 10 nationally, while Washington is ranked as having the 14th-best class currently.
According to Scout, UCLA is currently ranked as having the sixth-best class, while USC and Washington are in the top 15 nationally. Cal, Oregon and Arizona also have classes in the top 25.
The prospects listed below have yet to fully solidify their collegiate choice. All of them are either committed to Pac-12 schools, or are considering signing with Pac-12 programs.
Here are predictions as to how things could shake out on Wednesday:
Who will sign the best class in the conference?
It's not very common to see recruits from the southeastern part of the country travel out to the opposite coast for college—especially when being pursued by prominent SEC programs.
In the case of Bellamy, Cunningham, Alford, Ball and Dobbs, location could prove to be the ultimate factor in each of their recruitments.
Enewally has favored Washington and UCLA at different times. He's coming off a recent Cal official visit, and the Bears do need corners badly.
Similarly to what was written above, I believe Hatcher will rescind his USC commitment in favor of playing ball in his home state of Kentucky. The clouded future of Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron also doesn't favor the Trojans in this case.
After the public falling out with USC, I see Fitts opting to stay close to home and attend UCLA—where his sister ironically enough goes to school.
Although attending high school in Texas, Hall is a native of the state of Washington. I feel those strong roots will win out in the end, giving the Huskies a major boost on signing day.
Michael Parker—Arizona State
Torrodney Prevot—Texas A&M
Johnny Ragin III—Cal
Morris and Pippins have been longtime commitments to UCLA and Utah, respectively, and I don't anticipate that changing on signing day. However, Morris is a Memphis native, and Ole Miss has made a late charge. With that in mind, it wouldn't be a shock to see him go "Hotty Toddy" on Wednesday.
Prevot has been a longtime USC commitment as well, but it seems as if the hometown Aggies of Texas A&M might win out here. Again, location could play a major factor here.
Jalen Ramsey—Florida State
Location has already played a factor with Jalen Ramsey, as he's rescinded a commitment to USC in favor of attending Florida State.
The Robinson twins have been longtime commitments to the University of Oregon. Both plan on playing football and basketball in college, and like the direction of both programs in Eugene. Washington and USC are hot on the trail, but these two should stick with the Ducks.
The Honolulu native Savaiinaea is down to UCLA and Texas A&M. The Aggies already have commitments from six linebacker prospects. In addition, Hawaii is a lot closer to Los Angeles than it is to College Station—from both a cultural and location standpoint.
Matthew Thomas—Florida State
USC is desperately trying to land Thomas, but it's a long ways away from Florida to California. I see Thomas staying closer to home.
The Vanderdoes recruitment has been a whirlwind for the past few months. After initially pledging to USC, the Auburn, Calif., native has opened up his recruitment. He does have a very strong relationship with UCLA's defensive line coach Angus McClure.
UCLA is also in his home state, whereas Notre Dame and Alabama are a ways away. However, the Fighting Irish are a real player here. It could come down to a UCLA versus Notre Dame battle at this point for the talented defensive tackle.
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