Top 2015 College Football Recruit Each Pac-12 Coach Covets the Most
Things are going to be fascinating in the Pac-12 for years to come. The league is stacked with terrific head coaches who covet many of the same recruits, so the recruiting trail is going to be quite competitive.
UCLA head coach Jim Mora has already landed his most coveted prospect, while Washington head coach Chris Petersen digs an offensive tackle.
Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre has identified a playmaker in a dual-threat quarterback, plus Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez loves a speedy linebacker.
Rich Rodriguez, Arizona
Most coveted recruit: Kyahva Tezino, LB
Well, Rodriguez is trying to get another linebacker from the same school in 4-star prospect Kyahva Tezino. At 6'0" and 192 pounds, Tezino has excellent range and speed to track running backs across the box. He can also help on third downs as an effective blitzer.
Todd Graham, Arizona State
Most coveted recruit: Brady White, QB
Todd Graham's most coveted 2015 prospect is 4-star quarterback Brady White. Graham wants a lot of different stud recruits to come to Arizona State, but he would likely be most delighted if White decided to play in Tempe.
White, who is 6'2" and 190 pounds, is from California. He has above-average arm strength to get the ball to all areas of the field, plus he delivers accurate strikes. Having him in the Sun Devils' spread offense would be a great sight to Graham.
Sonny Dykes, California
Most coveted recruit: Carlos Strickland, WR
California head coach Sonny Dykes runs a pass-heavy offense, which means he's going to want one or more receivers in every recruiting class.
His most coveted prospect for 2015 is 6'5", 194-pound 4-star receiver Carlos Strickland. From Texas, Strickland has deceptive speed to gallop downfield to get on top of cornerbacks. He uses his size to keep himself in the middle of passing lanes, plus he has strong hands.
Mike MacIntyre, Colorado
Most coveted recruit: Sheriron Jones, QB
Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre isn't in a position to be picky on the recruiting trail, as his team has a huge need for dynamic playmakers.
MacIntyre's squad would be helped by the addition of 4-star dual-threat quarterback Sheriron Jones. Although the 6'2", 180-pounder is still a bit raw, his natural athleticism and ability to improvise would provide a spark to the Buffaloes' offense.
Mark Helfrich, Oregon
Most coveted recruit: Christian Kirk, WR
A 5-star receiver, Christian Kirk is an Arizona native who strikes fear in the hearts of defenses. At 5'11" and 197 pounds, Kirk has blazing speed to go with exceptional quickness and elusiveness with the ball.
His ability to play receiver, running back and return kicks and punts is why he is wanted by Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich. The Ducks run an uptempo spread offense that Kirk would be a great fit in.
Mike Riley, Oregon State
Most coveted recruit: Cordell Broadus, WR
Broadus, who is 6'2" and 195 pounds, has good speed and athleticism. He's deceptively strong versus press coverage, plus he tracks throws well with his eyes to his hands. The Beavers would get a future No. 1 receiver if they landed Broadus.
David Shaw, Stanford
Most coveted recruit: Canton Kaumatule, DL
Stanford head coach David Shaw still has the Cardinal working in a 3-4 defense, which 4-star defensive lineman Canton Kaumatule is a great fit for.
The Hawaii native is nearly 6'7" and 275 pounds already, plus he has a big motor. Kaumatule has great strength and power to fight through blocks to make plays, but he can also help occupy offensive linemen to keep linebackers free.
He's Shaw's primary target on the recruiting trail.
Jim Mora, UCLA
Most coveted recruit: Josh Rosen, QB
Not all coaches get their most coveted recruit, but UCLA head coach Jim Mora already has landed his. Josh Rosen is a 5-star quarterback from California who can do it all.
The 6'4", 205-pounder has fantastic arm talent and instincts inside the pocket. Rosen is great at making pre-snap reads and adjustments, plus he can fire balls deep with accuracy. The Golden State native is also sneakily mobile, which surprises people.
Steve Sarkisian, USC
Most coveted recruit: Iman Marshall, CB
USC is still searching for an elite cornerback, which is something 5-star prospect Iman Marshall could become in college.
The Los Angeles native is already 6'1" and 190 pounds, plus he has impressive instincts and awareness. Marshall gets out of transition in a hurry to close on balls, and he also has the speed to stick with receivers deep.
He could warrant early playing time in Troy, which is why he is wanted by new USC head coach Steve Sarkisian.
Kyle Whittingham, Utah
Most coveted recruit: Osa Masina, OLB/ATH
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham is a defensive-minded head coach, but he could have some decisions to make if he lands 4-star recruit Osa Masina, who is the Utes' most coveted prospect.
Masina is a 6'4", 218-pound in-state target for Whittingham who has great athleticism and solid speed. He can play outside linebacker, tight end, running back, receiver and fullback. That kind of versatility would be welcomed by Whittingham.
Rod Cassidy of Rivals.com (subscription required) wrote on April 11:
Masina, whose two brothers both decided to attend in-state Utah, says his family ties to the Utes won't be a major issue when it comes to his decision but also points out that Utah remains in the thick of his recruitment based on the program's merit.
Chris Petersen, Washington
Most coveted recruit: Henry Roberts, OT
Chris Petersen is now the head coach at Washington, and one of the first things he must do in his first full year recruiting in Seattle is establish himself around his state.
The best way to do that would be landing 4-star offensive tackle Henry Roberts, who is a Washington native. Roberts is light in the pants at 263 pounds, but he has a long frame and stands 6'6". He keeps defenders out of his body well, plus it appears he has a good amount of discipline in his technique.
Mike Leach, Washington State
Most coveted recruit: Marvell Tell, S
Although Mike Leach is known for his offenses, his most coveted recruit is 4-star safety Marvell Tell. A California native, Tell is a versatile seam-defender who can play free safety or strong safety.
The 6'2", 175-pounder has good range and vision from the top of the defense. He can shoot out of transition to attack passing lanes, plus he will help his front seven when he can versus running plays.