2018 Pac-12 Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings

2018 Pac-12 Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings

2018 Recruiting

2018 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? Here are the Pac-12 recruiting rankings.


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2018 Pac-12 Recruiting Class Rankings

Who did the best job this recruiting and National Signing Day season? What’s the criteria for figuring out who did the best job?

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. Oregon State Beavers

It’s an easy sell for Jonathan Smith and the new coaching staff – come to Oregon State, and play. There might not be any superstar five-star types, but there’s a lot to like with QB Jake Dukart a good place to start. More than anything, Smith went after versatile prospects who can be moved around where needed – the goal is to upgrade the overall athleticism.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

11. Arizona Wildcats

Just wait, Arizona fans. It’s Kevin Sumlin – he’s not going to have a mediocre recruiting class ever again during his tenure. Keeping DE Adam Plant and QB Jamarye Joiner was good, and using National Signing Day to get QB Kevin Doyle and big safety Dayven Coleman was solid. Sumlin brought in a ton of receivers and just enough defensive backs to play around with.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

10. Stanford Cardinal

For the second straight year, it’s quality over quantity for David Shaw’s class. Landing QB Tanner McKee – even though it’ll take two years to get him after he’s done with his LDS mission – was the big get, with WR Michael Wilson not all that far behind. McKee might be the elite talent, but don’t be shocked if Jack West is deep in the mix for the starting quarterback job over the next few years. Corner Kendall Williamson is the best of a solid group of defensive backs.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

9. Washington State Cougars

It’s okay, but Mike Leach almost never brings in a ton of all-star talent. It all begins with QB Cammon Cooper – he has to be the next great Leach statistical superstar. Drue Jackson leads the deep group of receivers, but that’s about it for the bigger prospects. The secondary is getting the most help, but the defensive tackles and pass rushers should make an impact early on.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

8. California Golden Bears

Justin Wilcox had a full year to work, and he did a whole lot better than his 2017 class. The offense is getting a few excellent running back prospects to go along with WR Nikko Remigio, but the defense is getting most of the attention. The linebackers are coming in bunches, and the pass rushers are in place to do what the coaching staff wants. It’ll take a little bit, but Cal might just turn into a defensive power.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

7. Colorado Buffaloes

Once again, Colorado is about bulk more than top talent – at least on one side of the ball. There are plenty of linebackers, and a whole lot of defensive backs to work into the defensive back seven, but it’s a relatively light class for the other side. QB Blake Stenstrom will be a factor next year, and receivers Dylan Thomas and Daniel Arias might be the stars of the class, but there’s not any one sure-thing skill guy.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

6. Arizona State Sun Devils

It isn’t all that bad considering the circumstances. Herm Edwards was able to land a few strong linebackers in Merlin Robertson and Reggie Hughes, and getting safety Aashari Crosswell helped a rough National Signing Day. With a whole lot of defensive backs and linebackers, the back seven is where the new regime will start, but some of the promising running back prospects will need to pan out to make this class work.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

5. Utah Utes

With the signing of WR Solomon Enis on National Signing Day, all of a sudden, the class started to look like something to get excited about. Jack Tuttle is the quarterback for the near future, and Hunter Lotulelei is a sure-thing starter for the offensive line, but Kyle Whittingham is loading up on the pass rushers. There isn’t any one sure-thing star, but there are enough ends to expect at least two to rise up and rock.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

4. UCLA Bruins

It’s not just about getting a ton of talent in under Chip Kelly; it’s about getting the right talent. Kelly was able to keep several of Jim Mora’s recruits on-board, landing QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson and big receiver Bryan Addison. February was when he took over. In came WR Michael Ezeike and safety Rayshad Williams on National Signing Day as part of a big late class. Wide receivers, defensive ends, and defensive backs – the shelves were stocked.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

3. Oregon Ducks

Willie Taggart got everything going, and Mario Cristobal did his part to keep it rolling in an extremely strong class loaded with way above-average prospects. Landing next-level offensive tackle prospect Penei Sewell on National Signing Day was the key, but there was plenty of good work done before February. QB Tyler Shough was a nice signing, and the receivers are terrific, but the offensive line and secondary got the most help. Be shocked if Steve Stephens isn’t an all-star caliber safety.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

2. Washington Huskies

Washington would be the story of the Pac-12 recruiting season if USC didn’t come up with some late heroics. It might not be a bulky class for any one spot, but there’s potential all-star talent for every position. Chris Petersen has his receivers for Jacob Eason, landing Marquis Spiker and Austin Osborne out of California. However, with Jacob Sirmon and Colson Yankoff signed, don’t just hand the 2019 starting quarterback job to Eason quite yet.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

1. USC Trojans

Once again, USC looked like it was having a good recruiting season, and then came National Signing Day and … kaboom. Clay Helton landed corners Olaijah Griffin and Isaac Taylor-Stuart, and got WR Devon Williams as part of a huge late run.

The base was built on the early period, signing WR Amon-Ra St. Brown and QB JT Daniels to set the tone. Overall, the linebacking corps gets the most help, starting with sure-thing future All-Pac12 talent Palaie Gaoteote and with a whole lot more talent around him.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

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