Top 2015 Recruits Who Committed Early to a Pac 12 School
As a conference, the Pac-12 got off to a rough start in recruiting last year. However, several member schools got hot at the right time to finish strong.
With this being a fantastic year for talent in California—which is the main recruiting hotbed for the entire conference—things should be different for the Pac-12 in 2015. Upon looking at the Top 250 of the 2015 247Sports composite rankings, several Pac-12 schools have already gotten commitments from top-tier recruits.
USC has a 5-star quarterback coming to Troy in 2015, while UCLA will counter with the addition of a talented tight end. Plus, Stanford has a versatile athlete set to play on The Farm.
All recruiting ratings and rankings are from the 247Sports composite rankings.
Thomas Toki, DT
Committed to: Washington State
It's rare for Washington State to have a commitment from a 4-star prospect this early, but defensive tackle Thomas Toki already knows he wants to be a Cougar.
The California native is a 6'1", 280-pounder who is strong, quick and disruptive in the trenches. Toki has an explosive first step to jump on top of guards, plus he has a powerful punch at the point of attack.
He displays impressive ball-location skills versus running plays, which will help him perform well for Washington State starting in 2015.
Arrington Farrar, S/ATH
Committed to: Stanford
At 6'2" and 195 pounds, Arrington Farrar is a 4-star athlete who projects as a receiver or safety at Stanford. He has excellent size and length for a skill-position player, plus he flashes deceptive strength.
Farrar has solid instincts and awareness, as well as good ball skills. The Atlanta native's best asset is his speed, which allows him to skate around the field to make plays on offense and defense.
Jaason Lewis, ATH
Committed to: UCLA
Jaason Lewis is a 4-star athlete who plays a ton of tight end and receiver for Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia. However, he may be better off playing linebacker at UCLA.
Lewis, who is 6'3" and 233 pounds, doesn't look fluid and comfortable in the passing game. Yet, he has solid speed and athleticism for his size, plus it appears he plays with good awareness.
It will be interesting to see what type of player he develops into in Westwood.
Aliz'e Jones, TE
Committed to: UCLA
Unlike Lewis, 4-star tight end Aliz'e Jones is a natural receiver of the football. He has fantastic speed for the tight end position, plus he's 6'4" and 222 pounds.
Jones isn't the best blocker on the edge due to him lacking strength, but his real value is in the passing game. He can work as an in-line tight end, but flexing him to the slot and perimeter puts him in the best position to succeed.
Jones gets upfield with quickness, plus he has the speed to climb on top of linebackers and safeties. He tracks balls into his hands, and he can do some damage after the catch.
Ricky Town, QB
Committed to: USC
USC's 2015 recruiting class will be built around 5-star quarterback Ricky Town. Hailing from California, Town has outstanding mechanics and vision for a prep passer.
The 6'4", 205-pounder has above-average arm strength to push the ball downfield, and he anticipates well in the intermediate passing game. He's not going to impress many people with his mobility, but Town is an adequate athlete who can make good throws on the run.
Has an advanced feel for the game that is way beyond his years.