The ink is barely dry on the many national letters of intent issued last week, but because the recruiting process is a 365-day-a-year endeavor, coaches now turn their attention to 2015.
358 days remain until next year's national signing day.
Pac-12 programs have some impressive, albeit very early, verbal commitments. USC received a pledge from 5-star quarterback Ricky Town, formerly committed to Alabama, and UCLA has one from 4-star athlete Jaason Lewis.
Certainly much can happen with the verbally committed prospects between now and the next national signing day, but below are the top uncommitted players in the 2015 recruiting class being targeted by Pac-12 programs.
4-Star Defensive Tackle, Clovis (Calif.) North
At 6'4", 298 pounds, Jacob Daniel is exactly the kind of big, physical presence Pac-12 teams are seeking to clog up the middle against potent run games. His position comes at a premium, and Daniel is 247Sports' No. 8-ranked defensive tackle in the 2015 class.
It's no wonder then that Arizona State, USC and Washington are all interested in signing Daniel.
5-Star Defensive Tackle, Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra
Junipero Serra has produced plenty of explosive Pac-12 players, including USC standout wide receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. This year's star Trojans signee, cornerback Adoree' Jackson, is another explosive Serra product.
Rasheem Green is explosive in a different way, but is commanding just as much recruiting attention. His brand of explosion is made in opposing backfields, where per MaxPreps.com he made an astounding 26 tackles for loss in 2013.
5-Star Linebacker, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy
UCLA head coach Jim Mora appears to be continuing the Bruins' tradition of possessing standout linebackers, while making audacious efforts to spread the program's recruiting reach into SEC territory with the recruitment of Jeffery Holland.
USC entered the mix last year, as well as Oregon. They join Southeastern programs Florida State, Auburn and Alabama as those 247Sports projects as warm options for Holland. However, nearby Florida is the early favorite for this Jacksonville-based prospect.
5-Star Linebacker, Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra
The pipeline between USC and UCLA alumnus Scott Altenberg's Junipero Serra program could strengthen with the recruitment of 5-star linebacker John Houston.
Houston has interest from across the nation, including UCLA, but Justin Hopkins of 247Sports writes USC is a "heavy favorite."
4-Star Quarterback, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Rivals Rich Rodriguez of Arizona and Todd Graham of Arizona State both made quick offers to dual-threat quarterback Sheriron Jones, and with good reason.
Jones runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash per 247Sports, but recently showed off his passing ability at the SoCal Elite 11 Camp kickoff in Santa Monica, Calif. Brian Perroni reports:
[N]ot a lot expected to impress as much as he did. With offers from Arizona and Arizona State under his belt, the nation’s No. 104 overall prospect showed that he is more than just a runner who can throw if need be. He was great rolling out of the pocket but also showed a nice ability to see down the field and find the open receiver.
4-Star Defensive End, Honolulu Punohau
At 6'6.5" and 275 pounds, Canton Kaumatule has the kind of size as a high school junior that Stanford All-American Trent Murphy boasted upon leaving for the NFL.
Coincidentally—or not—Stanford is 247Sports' overwhelming favorite to land Kaumatule. New defensive coordinator and Cardinal admission liaison Lance Anderson is overseeing his recruitment.
4-Star Defensive End, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Opposing offensive lines in the tough California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Trinity League have difficulty containing the 6'5", 210-pound Keisean Lucier-South. Last season, he racked up 10 sacks and forced four fumbles per Maxpreps.com.
Several Pac-12 programs have taken notice, with UCLA, USC and Washington atop 247Sports' initial list. Arizona coaches also paid Lucier-South a visit on Jan. 23, 247Sports reports.
5-Star Cornerback, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Long Beach Poly's long-standing tradition of standout recruits continues into 2015 with cornerback Iman Marshall. Marshall's comrade in the Jackrabbits secondary, John "JuJu" Smith, signed his letter of intent to USC just last week. Might a reunion be in the works?
USC's Steve Sarkisian is among the Pac-12 coaches receiving high interest from Marshall, along with UCLA's Mora and Stanford's David Shaw.
Kyle Kensing is the Pac-12 Lead Writer. Recruiting rankings culled from 247Sports.com.
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