Pac-12 Teams Sure to Finish in the Top 25 Recruiting Class Rankings
Earlier in this 2014 recruiting cycle, the Pac-12 was not doing well in the recruiting rankings. However, several programs are now on the verge on signing elite classes.
The conference, which is deeper than it's given credit for, features several excellent head coaches. Chris Petersen is now at Washington due to Steve Sarkisian taking over at USC. Stanford head coach David Shaw is one of the best in the business, UCLA head coach Jim Mora loves coaching college players and both Arizona schools also have excellent coaches.
That's why recruiting in the Pac-12 is so competitive and also why the following programs should be extremely proud of the recruiting classes they are about to sign.
*All recruiting totals are from 247Sports.
Solid Chance: Arizona
Current 247Sports recruiting ranking: 26th
Cornerback Cameron Denson leads a class that has six 4-star recruits. Marquis Ware and Jamardre Cobb are 4-star linebackers who are high school teammates at Los Angeles Bishop Mora Salesian. Running back Nick Wilson is a great 4-star recruit, while 4-star offensive lineman Jordan Poland has big upside.
Solid Chance: Arizona State
Current 247Sports recruiting ranking: 22nd
Arizona State has 25 commitments, with seven being 4-star prospects.
Among the 4-star recruits who can be considered the headliner of the Sun Devils' class are linebacker Derik Calhoun, quarterback Manny Wilkins, defensive end Connor Humphreys and receivers Tyler Whiley and Jalen Harvey.
Without a doubt, ASU's top remaining recruiting priority is 4-star offensive tackle Casey Tucker.
Current 247Sports recruiting ranking: 21st
Set to finish with one of the better recruiting classes in the country, Oregon has a 16-man group that has seven 4-star prospects.
Haniteli Lousi is a 4-star JUCO guard who will likely play early in Eugene, while 4-star cornerback Arrion Springs has the potential to be an All-Pac-12 defensive back. Other notable 4-star recruits include linebacker Jimmie Swain, receiver Jalen Brown and running backs Tony James and Royce Freeman.
Current 247Sports recruiting ranking: 20th
With seven 4-star recruits in its 17-man class, USC is on pace to finish this recruiting cycle strong.
The top player in the assembly is 4-star guard Viane Talamaivao, but 4-star tight end Bryce Dixon, 4-star JUCO defensive end Claudeson Pelon and 4-star offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn can also claim that honor.
Current 247Sports recruiting ranking: 18th
UCLA is on the verge of bringing in a third consecutive class that finishes in the Top 25 recruiting rankings under head coach Jim Mora.
The Bruins have 16 commitments, with half of them being 4-star prospects. Watch out for elite 4-star talents such as safety Jaleel Wadood, cornerback Adarius Pickett, running back Nathan Starks and linebackers Zach Whitley and Dwight Williams.
Cornerback Adoree' Jackson, receiver Malachi Dupre and athlete John Smith are the 5-star recruits the Bruins have the most realistic shot at landing. UCLA is also in the mix for 4-star offensive lineman Damien Mama, 4-star linebacker Kenny Young and 4-star athlete Michiah Quick, among others.
Current 247Sports recruiting ranking: 16th
However, 4-star quarterback Keller Chryst is the best player in the class, as he is one of the top passers in the country.
Head coach David Shaw also has commitments from 4-star prospects such as defensive lineman Nifae Lealao, safety Brandon Simmons, running back Christian McCaffrey and linebackers Bobby Okereke and Joey Alfieri.
2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map
Several commitments and remaining recruiting targets for the Pac-12 schools with best chance to finish with Top 25 recruiting classes are featured on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!