For those who've wanted some Pac-12 recruiting updates, let's go at it!
Arik Armstead (DE, Pleasant Grove) should announce sometime today or tomorrow. Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee reports that Armstead has officially enrolled at Cal, Notre Dame and Auburn (likely to expedite the enrollment process based on whichever school he picks) and should choose between these three schools. Keep in mind Arik does want to play with his brother Armond, who is likely transferring from USC, and Armond has been visiting both ND and Auburn to pursue transfer options to those schools. Cal and Notre Dame are probably the favorites. Expect this to change hourly until a decision is made.
Kyle Murphy (OT, San Clemente) and Josh Garnett (OT, Puyallup) are both nearing decisions, and it could be great news for Stanford fans. Murphy visited Stanford for the fourth time ($), and it's sure looking like the Cardinal are the ones who will grab him. Garnett is making his decision at his school on January 26th, and the Cardinal figure prominently with Michigan and Notre Dame also right there.
More updates on top Pac-12 targets after the jump.
Jaydon Mickens (WR, Dorsey), who had recently been high on Washington and Oregon, named Oklahoma State his new leader after his weekend visit. Mickens will still be visiting the Ducks this upcoming weekend.
Moana Ofahengaue (OLB/DE, Westlake) will apparently come down to two Pac-12 teams.
Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (TE, Whitney) is still a USC commit, but apparently he enjoyed his Colorado visit enough that the Buffaloes have become a factor. It might be too late for Colorado, as Cope-Fitzpatrick still has USC leading to land his LOI after Lane Kiffin made an in-home visit Sunday night.
Gabriel Marks (WR, Venice) is headed to Washington State ($). The Mike Leach effect is in full swing. Marks should fit right into Pullman with the Pirate, as the former SMU commit has all the potential to become the number one option in the Airraid attack. Read up more on his commitment from CougCenter.
Christian Powell (Athlete, Upland) is on his way to UCLA. Powell provides the Bruins perhaps a full dedicated fullback that can provide some punch right back into the Bruins offense. Interestingly, USC did have the room to offer him, but as a defensive end. Powell was about to commit to Colorado before he ended up with the Bruins.
C.J. Dozier (LB, Chaparral) committed to Arizona after decommitting from ASU after Dennis Erickson was fired.
Seth Jacobs (LB, Arroyo Grande) will visit Colorado and UCLA. He has already visited Arkansas and Oklahoma State.
Aziz Shittu (DE, Buhach) gained admittance to Stanford. It might make a difference in his decision, it might not, but Shittu has always been a bright student. Shittu was an early Stanford verbal before reopening his recruitment after Jim Harbaugh left for the NFL. But Stanford is still on his short list with the other Pac-12 California schools.
Brandon Beaver (CB, Dominguez) really enjoyed his visit to Utah, and San Diego tight end Taylor McNamara is trying to bring Beaver with him to Oklahoma. Beaver's teammate Alphonso Marsh (CB, Dominguez) is probably favoring the Utes.
Bryan Harper (Athlete, Colony) has a top three of Arizona, UCLA and Oregon, with the Wildcats and Bruins tied in first; a visit to the Ducks is still upcoming. His decision will be made January 31st.
D.J. Foster (Athlete, Saguaro) is a tug-of-war battle between ASU, Cal and USC. The Sun Devils are on an all-out blitz as well for the local prospect, apparently meeting him right after his official to SC this weekend. More details from Devils Digest ($).