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2017 Pac-12 Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings

2017 Pac-12 Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings


How did the Pac-12 teams stack up with their respective recruiting classes? Who had the strongest-looking haul of talent, and who struggled a bit? They’re the Pac-12 recruiting rankings.


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2017 Pac-12 Recruiting Class Rankings

Yeah, it’s absurd to rank recruiting classes, considering we won’t know if any of them are any good for a few years, but here’s the best guess. Who did the best job this recruiting and National Signing Day season? So what’s the criteria?

1) Bulk. Recruiting is a contact sport. Getting two five-star guys might be nice, but as history has proven, getting eight four-star players is probably better. The more good prospects, the more chances that a few of them can play.

2) Superstars. Okay, talent matters, too. Who got the most really, really good guys that everyone else wanted?

3) Who loaded up in key areas for what the program needs? Again, chances are that the more prospects you sign, the more opportunities will be there to find real players. So, in general, the big classes are going to get ranked a lot higher than the smaller ones, especially if the prospects fit the team’s profile.

The goal here is to get it close to the pin.

12. California Golden Bears

New head coach Justin Wilcox didn’t get any time to work. He was able to bring in several good, versatile players for the passing game, secondary, wherever the Bears need a few good athletes. Are there enough defenders to do what Wilcox will want? That’s what the 2018 recruiting class is for.
2017 Recruiting Class Breakdown
– 2016 Recruiting Class Breakdown

11. Oregon State Beavers

The Gary Andersen recruiting world is starting to hit its stride. While he’s about a tough defense and a good, strong running game, this year he and his staff cranked up the receiving corps, to go along with several options for the defensive backfield, too. The versatility is there play around with the puzzle parts for the next few years.
2017 Recruiting Class Breakdown
– 2016 Recruiting Class Breakdown

10. Arizona Wildcats

It’s a big class for Rich Rodriguez on the defensive side, and it’s one for the future of the program. With almost no JUCO transfers coming in, this year’s haul – combined with the 2016 class – should be strong enough to start building back up a defense that was decimated by injuries.
2017 Recruiting Class Breakdown
– 2016 Recruiting Class Breakdown

9. Arizona State Sun Devils

It’s probably not going to get a whole lot of national love, but this is a nice class for the near future. Getting former Alabama QB Blake Barnett alone was a good snag to add to the equation, but he’s hardly the only big signing. The tight ends coming in are excellent, and the running backs should be productive sooner than later.
2017 Recruiting Class Breakdown
– 2016 Recruiting Class Breakdown

8. Washington State Cougars

Mike Leach was able to get more star power than normal. Usually he recruits to a type, and he gets the guys who either fit his offensive system, or weren’t wanted by anyone else. This year, though, he hit a few home runs with Anthony White a big-time receiver prospect, Connor Neville a solid quarterback prospect, and a few excellent options for the defensive front.
2017 Recruiting Class Breakdown
– 2016 Recruiting Class Breakdown

7. Utah Utes

National Signing Day saved the class. This wasn’t looking like any big deal of a recruiting season, and then came a massive get in WR Bryan Thompson and offensive linemen Mo Unutoa and Nick Ford to give the Utes two big blockers for the near future. Throw in the DEs from Hawaii – Miki Suguturaga and Aliki Vimahi – and all of a sudden, things are different.
2017 Recruiting Class Breakdown
– 2016 Recruiting Class Breakdown

6. Colorado Buffaloes

The Buffs are about the bulk. Coming off the big season and the trip to the Pac-12 Championship, Colorado loaded up with five JUCO transfers, along with a slew of key defensive backs to potentially help out a depleted secondary. There might not be a whole slew of high-end talents compared to the other top Pac-12 teams, but there are several very good ones.
2017 Recruiting Class Breakdown
– 2016 Recruiting Class Breakdown

5. Stanford Cardinal

Last year’s class was about the bulk talent coming in. This year, head coach David Shaw was able to shopping in the high-rent district. Because the program has been so strong at cranking up the next-level offensive linemen, in come the NFL tackle prospects. It’s not right to look at recruiting classes this way, but Stanford just got a slew of future All-Pac-12 talents.
2017 Recruiting Class Breakdown
– 2016 Recruiting Class Breakdown

4. Oregon Ducks

Give new head coach Willie Taggart a full year to show what he can do. He hit the ground running and has been going hard after some of the bigger stars, and he came up with a strong late run to boost up the class. The defensive tackles are the top parts of this show, but next year the offensive stars will roll in. As is, it’s a fantastic haul considering the late start.
2017 Recruiting Class Breakdown
– 2016 Recruiting Class Breakdown

3. UCLA Bruins

Recruiting still isn’t an issue for the Bruins under Jim Mora Jr. The talent came in by the truckload last year, and this year’s class has several high-end prospects with the defensive side getting a whole bunch of help – especially for the secondary. Now the coaching staff has to do something with it all.
2017 Recruiting Class Breakdown
– 2016 Recruiting Class Breakdown

2. Washington Huskies

It’s way too simplistic to suggest that the Pac-12 title success and the trip to the College Football Playoff made a difference – that’ll all matter for next year’s class. However, Chris Petersen and company were able to get a ton of upper-end stars, even if he didn’t the superstar prospects. It might be his best class yet.
2017 Recruiting Class Breakdown
– 2016 Recruiting Class Breakdown

1. USC Trojans

One National Signing Day later, and USC looks back to being USC again after ladning LB Levi Jones, DT Jay Tufele, OT Austin Jackson and WRs Joseph Lewis and Greg Johnson for a jaw-dropping array of stars coming in late in teh process. The foundation for three years from now is being set on the lines, while the depth is coming in for several key spots.
2017 Recruiting Class Breakdown
– 2016 Recruiting Class Breakdown