Marqise Lee Burning the Oregon Defense
With recruiting season just beginning, more than half of the ESPNU 150 have committed to their respective schools. However, some of the top recruits, like standout DT Eddie Coleman and stud WR Dorial Green-Beckham, have yet to commit.
Even though a few of the top 20 recruits have yet to find a place to play football, the Pacific-12 as a whole has been putting together a solid recruiting class.
The Pacific-12 has a penchant for getting impact players who can play from Day One. This past year, Marqise Lee has been the "Diaper Dandy," putting up 919 receiving yards and nine touchdowns alongside Robert Woods at USC.
This article lists the 10 best recruits who have committed to Pacific-12 schools. Each prospect is compared to a current NFL player.
Byron Marshall will add to Oregon's stable of running backs from the beginning because of his sure-fire speed. He won his area's 100-meter race with a blistering time of 10.73 seconds.
In addition, he has great vision and is extremely elusive. He could be one of the top three running backs on the team if LaMichael James declares for the NFL Draft whose stock is probably its highest. If all else fails, Marshall could see time as a corner at Oregon.
Marshall reminds me of a poor-man's Jahvid Best due to his elusiveness and burner speed.
Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick has the size to be extremely effective at the next level, and with the right QB, he might be able to contribute early in his career. He is not a true receiving tight end, who can put up 1,000 yards receiving, but he can be a solid contributor to the passing attack. If he can become a better blocker, he will continue to grow as a player.
He reminds me of Kellen Winslow due to his size and his solid hands. In addition, Winslow is not a primary receiving target, much like Cope-Fitzpatrick.
AJ Millweard is an interesting prospect because he has very strong arm strength, but is also a solid dual-threat QB. He also possesses a very quick release and can make plays with his feet when he needs to.
However, he needs to improve his mechanics and makes some ill-advised throws. In some cases, he plays like a pick-up football player.
Millweard reminds me of Vince Young due to his elite size, his ability to make plays with his feet and his erratic mechanics.
Max Tuerk is one of the underrated prospects this year, as he is not ranked highly in most of the recruiting services. He is a very good pass-blocker and run-blocker who has played against an elite level of high school competition in Southern California. He uses his size to his advantage, as his quick feet and hands can be great tools for elite pass-blocking.
Tuerk reminds me of a poor man's Joe Thomas because of his elite size and his multi-dimensional blocking abilities.
Alex Carter is a prospect whose stock may rise with the spring evaluation period. He posesses top-end speed, sporting a 4.42 40 yard dash, along with being one of the most versatile defensive backs. He is so versatile that he could play wide receiver in college, but also has ball skills to remain as a defensive back.
In addition, he is 6'1", which is solid height for any DB position.
Carter reminds me of Vontae Davis, the current cornerback with the Miami Dolphins. Both use their size and above-average speed to their advantage.
While Isaac Seumalo does not posess elite size, he does make up for it with his toughness, considering that he plays both sides of the ball. He might play defensive tackle in college, but his run-blocking and pass-blocking are also very strong. He is a solid prospect who will continue to improve, but his size (6'3") might be a cause for concern.
Seumalo reminds me of Brian Waters because both are undersized and have played both sides of the ball in high school.
Jordan Simmons is another top offensive guard who has a lot of potential in the Pacific-12. He possesses elite size at 6'5" while being freakishly strong. He is also a superb run blocker at the high school level. Even though he played tackle for most of his high school career, most scouts project him as a guard.
Simmons reminds me of Carl Nicks of the Saints, another huge specimen whose strength is truly off the charts.
Zach Kline will not beat you deep with a rocket arm, but he is extremely accurate. He is an incredibly polished quarterback prospect because he is able to make solid reads while also limiting the number of mistakes he makes. While Kline does not possess ideal height (6'2") or an elite arm, he will be a very good college quarterback for California.
Kline reminds me of Colt McCoy due to his great accuracy and his smaller stature.
Jabari Ruffin is the ultimate athlete because he can play effectively at three positions: wide receiver, linebacker and running back. He possesses superb ball skills while also having elite speed and height (6'3").
He certainly has the size to contribute at all three of these positions in college, but he needs to figure out where he plays best. In addition, he lacks a certain lateral quickness, which is clearly needed at the college level.
At this point, it is really hard to compare Ruffin to any NFL player. Once USC's coaching staff decides where he plays, it would be easier to see his professional counterpart.
Noor Davis is by far the best Pacific-12 prospect at this moment. He possesses so many elite tools that there is talk he might make a huge early impact for the Cardinal. He has superb coverage ability, great tackling and elite run support at the outside linebacker position.
In addition, he has shown the ability to rush the passer and with his elite height of 6'4", He truly has the total package. Stanford is starting to become the Linebacker U of the West Coast, picking up Shayne Skov, James Vaughters and Davis in the span of four years.
Davis reminds me of Lance Briggs, as both are superb tacklers who seem to have a nose for the football.