The Pac-12 does not get the respect it deserves from the national spotlight. The conference is viewed as a pass-happy league whose teams are soft and only play in sunshine. However, USC has had dominant defenses in the past, and Stanford plays a rugged style of football.
Playing in the Pac-12 is a great honor, and although the conference as a whole is not having its best recruiting cycle, its schools will still likely sign good classes. Several recruits appear to be locks to join the Pac-12, as programs such as USC, Stanford and Oregon can recruit anywhere in the country.
A speedy athlete in Washington will likely stay close to home, a solid tight end prospect will do the same, and a pair of high school teammates will stick together and sign with a Pac-12 school.