Recruiting classes are ranked on their potential, but their ultimate value is measured in reflection. The end of an era in college football presents a unique opportunity to reflect on the impact of the recruits who defined the era.
Many outstanding recruits came through the Pac-12 in the 15 years of the BCS. Plenty of 5-star prospects lived up to their billing, and several breakout stars emerged.
So, rather than an assessment of the talent signed during this period, this is a ranking of the conference's 10 most impactful recruiting classes. As a result, stellar groups, such as UCLA's in 2013 and Stanford's in 2012, that have not had enough time make their mark, are omitted but not forgotten.
Recruiting rankings obtained via 247Sports.com.