No state had a better recruiting battle than California on national signing day.
With USC, UCLA, Stanford and California all posing impressive recruiting classes, the greatness of each class was helped by who won the battle within the state. The Golden State held 72 of the ESPN 150 recruits.
That doesn't necessarily mean that the winner of the state posses the best recruiting class in the Pac-12, though.
One of those four teams reeled in big-name recruits and offers the best class in the conference, while another school lost out on a few big pickups, which will hurt in the future.
So with that said, which teams made their future the brightest on national signing day? Which team presents the best 2013 recruiting class in the Pac-12 conference?
The Colorado Buffaloes only have one 4-star recruit to their name. That's it.
Yeah, that's not exactly going to get the fanbase jumping to sell out the stadium in 2013. More importantly, it's not going to give Colorado a better chance of competing in the Pac-12 next season.
If you want to look on the bright side, that one 4-star recruit is a 4-star dual-threat quarterback named Sefo Liufau. Liufau has the tools to spark the offense; he also has the name to give sports writers future headaches.
Washington State has one more 4-star recruit than Colorado does.
"Oh come on, these star ratings hardly ever pan out. Stop basing these rankings on them," a Washington State enthusiast screams at his computer screen.
There's validation in that claim, because sometimes, recruits with fewer stars outshine those that haul in four or five stars. But let's be real—this an ever-growing era of multimedia, and because of Twitter and YouTube, scouts are getting better at grading these athletes.
Washington State has a 4-star linebacker in Ivan McLennan and a 4-star receiver in Vince Mayle who have signed letters of intent. Mayle is a junior college transfer with a lot of flash to his name. We all know offense is Mike Leach's forte, so let's see what offensive concoctions he can cook up for this talented receiver.
Arizona State fans should be excited about the continuance of playmaking linebackers.
With the signing of Chans Cox and Viliami Latu, the Sun Devils ensured that its tradition of putting great linebackers will continue in the future.
Cox is a 4-star linebacker that's expected to contribute right away, while Latu is a future contributor with great upside.
Arizona State's most presentable signing might not be either player, though. The signing of 4-star junior college defensive end Marcus Hardison could prove to be a game-changer as soon as next season.
Utah is adding some offensive firepower with its 2013 signing class.
Skill players who can dazzle is something that the last-placed passing attack in the Pac-12 needed. Utah will help its case in 2013 with the signing of 4-star wide receiver Andre Lewis and 4-star running back Dre'Vian Young.
Quarterback Travis Wilson returns after gaining valuable experience in 2012, and fans can expect Lewis to come in and be a primary target for Wilson right away.
As for Young, he will likely get some reps in at the running back position, but the Utes have a lot of backs returning next season. Still this is a nice step forward for Utah, as it tries to compete in a great offensive league.
Though he may be small in stature, Samajie Grant is the face of this recruiting class.
Grant is only a 3-star recruit, but he can give Arizona another element to its offense immediately. At 5'11", 175 pounds, Grant will provide a spark for the Wildcats and give opponents something else to think about.
With his quick, evasive style of running and shifty movements, Grant should complement Matt Scott and Ka'Deem Carey like Darren Sproles changes the offensive flow for the New Orleans Saints. Seriously, watch out for this Arizona offensive attack in 2013.
Now, we're getting into the ESPN 300.
With the commitment of cornerback Dashon Hunt, Oregon State has something that most of the previous teams (excluding Arizona) has—an ESPN 300 commit.
Is that a big deal? Eh, not necessarily, but it does bring a little more merit to this recruiting class. Let the record show that ESPN has Hunt as a 4-star cornerback, while 247 Sports has him as a 3-star. Let's have a scuffle over stars, shall we?
Both sites agree that junior college cornerback Steven Nelson is a 4-star recruit, and he has signed his letter of intent. If Oregon State gets Hunt to sign with Nelson, the Beavers will have an impressive secondary for years to come.
Stanford's recruiting class is a letdown.
After going 12-2 and winning the 2013 Rose Bowl, you figure Stanford would have been able to steal a few recruits leading into signing day. Guess high school players care more about playing style than we think.
Hey, this recruiting class isn't flashy, but it wouldn't be Stanford if it was. Still, this is a sound recruiting class with position needs being taken care of with solid recruits. Grabbing 4-star linebacker Peter Kalambayi should prove to be vital next season. These are all hard commits, and as their letters of intent likely trickle in soon, this class will simply be respectable.
The Cal Bears have to find a quarterback that can shred defenses.
The Bears might have done that with the signing of 4-star quarterback Jared Goff. Last season, Zach Maynard had his moments, but he never broke through like fans thought he would.
That's why fans are understandably thrilled to see Goff walk through the door. Goff is a 6'4" pocket passer with a tight, quick release. In other words, he's your ideal prototypical quarterback.
This Cal team has seven 4-star recruits on ESPN and Takkarist McKinley, who ESPN has unrated, is rated as a 4-star defensive end on 247 Sports. Considering the firing of Jeff Tedford, enough positive statements can't be made about this surprisingly good recruiting class.
Washington let one slip by, but this is still a great recruiting class for the Huskies.
Daeshon Hall picked Texas A&M after committing to Washington, but Steve Sarkisian kept this ship from sinking.
With Keith Price entering his senior season, keeping Troy Williams was a must. Williams is a 4-star quarterback with good throwing ability and towering size. Mission accomplished for Sarkisian.
However, Sarkisian did most of his work on the defensive side of the ball. Landing 4-star defensive linemen Elijah Qualls and Marcus Farria were as big as his signings of 4-star cornerbacks Jermaine Kelly and Kevin King. Sarkisian gained valuable depth with this recruiting class.
Oregon weathered the storm.
After the Ducks lost their head coach in Chip Kelly, many wondered how the Oregon recruiting class might suffice.
Though Kelly is gone, the Ducks managed to secure its exciting playing style by reeling in flashy players, such as Tyner, 4-star athlete Tyree Robinson and 4-star Devon Allen. Keep in mind that Oregon was able to bring in 4-star outside linebacker Tyrell Robinson, 4-star safety Chris Selsay and pickup a huge signing by 4-star defensive end Torrodney Prevot.
That last name mentioned on the previous slide stings for USC fans.
This could have possibly been a top-five class for USC, but with all of these decommitments, it's hard to proclaim it as such. Still, this is a great class with a lot of big-name prospects.
Just like its 38-28 victory on Nov. 17, 2012, UCLA reigns supreme over USC.
Assuming Priest Willis signs with the Bruins, UCLA will have seven 4-star signees, with seven more possibly signing by the end of the day, according to ESPN.
The biggest of those signings might be the dual-threat quarterback that shocked everyone when he won the MVP of the Elite 11 competition last July. Of course, I'm referring to the electric 4-star quarterback Asiantii Woulard.
This is an exciting recruiting class that not only occupies needs for the Bruins, but it presents the Bruins with capable playmakers all over the field. UCLA edges USC.