2014 College Football Recruits Most Likely to Spurn Pac-12 Coaches
The Pac-12 is not doing well in 2014 recruiting, as only one of its schools has a Top 25 class, according to 247Sports. With programs such as USC, Oregon and Stanford having the ability to recruit nationally, the lack of great classes in the conference is surprising.
Recruits are choosing to go elsewhere, as the SEC is the leading league in college football. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, Miami, Clemson, Michigan and Florida State are several other programs that have proved to be huge foes for Pac-12 schools on the recruiting trail.
More recruits will spurn Pac-12 coaches, as Arizona State will not land a great cornerback it is recruiting. USC will lose a pair of local prospects to non-Pac-12 schools, and Oregon will not sign a speedy running back it has its hopes set on.
Nathan Starks, RB
Although he can be a bit stiff, Nathan Starks is one of the best running back prospects out west. He's a wanted man in the Pac-12, as USC would like for him to sign up to run in Troy, per 247Sports.
With 2013 signee Keith Ford already on the roster, Kiffin likely will see Starks opt to form a great tandem with Ford in the Big 12.
Qualen Cunningham, DE
With the Pac-12 being known as a passing conference, its schools are always looking for defensive ends who can effectively rush the passer.
Qualen Cunningham is a 6'4", 220-pound edge-defender who can consistently attack the pocket.
Cunningham, who is from Arizona, has USC and Arizona State among his top schools, says 247Sports. However, his father Patrick played at Texas A&M, and he is expected to follow in his dad's footsteps, according to most of the experts at 247Sports.
Derrell Scott, RB
Derrell Scott is a 5'11", 180-pound running back who has an array of skills. A speedy player, Scott has the quickness to jump to the edges, turn the corner on a defense and race upfield for big gains.
He also shows solid receiving ability, as he could be a terror on screens. Scott is from North Carolina, but Oregon is among his leaders, according to 247Sports.
Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich has several great running backs already on his roster, but landing Scott would give the Ducks another potential replacement for running back De'Anthony Thomas. However, do not look for Scott to run in Eugene, as he will sign with South Carolina, per the experts at 247Sports.
Josh Frazier, DT
USC has had several players who went to high school in Arkansas on its roster through the years, including receiver Damian Williams, quarterback Mitch Mustain and briefly running back Broderick Green.
Lane Kiffin is trying to land another prospect from The Natural State, as defensive tackle Josh Frazier is on his radar, per 247Sports. However, Kiffin will strike out on Frazier, as the experts at 247Sports say he will sign with Arkansas or Alabama.
Parrker Westphal, CB
Parrker Westphal is an instinctive cornerback who can effectively play zone coverage. He shows great awareness, fairly loose hips and great range.
Westphal, who is 6'0" and 186 pounds, is from Illinois. If he decides to play in the Pac-12, it will be at Arizona State, according to 247Sports.
Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham will try hard to bring Westphal to Tempe, but in the end, he will sign with Michigan, per the staff at 247Sports.
Dwight Williams, OLB
Signing an outside linebacker such as Dwight Williams would work wonders for a defense. Williams, who is 6'1" and slightly more than 200 pounds, has excellent athleticism and the skills to be a consistent factor versus passing plays.
A Los Angeles native, Williams is attracting the attention of Pac-12 coaches at USC, UCLA, Oregon and Washington, per 247Sports. However, the majority of the writers at 247Sports expect Williams to spurn the Pac-12 and take his talents to Florida.
Also, do not count out Michigan.
Raekwon McMillan, LB
A big and physical linebacker, Raekwon McMillan plays like a heat-seeking missile. He is a classic thumper who stands 6'2", weighs 242 pounds and plays big at the point of attack.
McMillan has interest in USC, says 247Sports, but the chances of landing him are slim for Lane Kiffin. The Georgia native will likely sign with Ohio State, Alabama or Clemson, according to the experts at 247Sports.
Wherever he goes, expect McMillan to deliver plenty of big hits.
Tyler Luatua, TE
A southern California native, Tyler Luatua is wanted at USC and UCLA, according 247Sports. He is one of the best tight ends in the country, as the 6'4", 230-pounder can win battles versus linebackers and safeties downfield.
Luatua does not appear to be interested in playing in the Pac-12, as none of his top schools are members of the conference. Alabama and Notre Dame seem to be in the lead for him, per the analysts at 247Sports.