Pac-12 football recruiting: Top target on the board for each Pac-12 team

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Some serious recruiting battles are boiling around the Pac-12 as we roll through January.

Recruiting season is starting to really heat up as we get into mid-January, and even though the holidays are over, fans and coaches all around the Pac-12 are putting together their wish lists of which high school prospects they would like to see in their colors come signing day.

Here are the guys who I think are on the top of each Pac-12 team's list.

Arizona - CB Naijiel Hale 5'11 170 Bellflower, CA (St. John Bosco)

Okay, Hale is technically still a commit to Arizona, but they are going to have to fight very hard to keep Nate Dogg's son. He is one of the top cornerbacks on the West Coast and plays for maybe the most talented program in the nation this year and schools from all around the Pac-12 are still fighting to get him in for visits before signing day.

In the fight - Arizona, Nebraska, Utah, Washington

Arizona's chances? 75%

Arizona State - T Casey Tucker 6'6 290 Chandler, AZ (Hamilton)

Not only is Tucker massive, mobile, nasty and one of the best linemen prospects in the entire country, but he has a crew cut! He might be the best big prospect out West this year and could be the left tackle of the future for whoever signs him. He once was committed to USC, but is now primarily down to staying home at Arizona State or heading out to the elite lineman factory that is Stanford.

In the fight - Arizona State, Stanford

Arizona State's chances? 49%

Cal - DT Marcus Griffin 6'3 290 Bellevue, WA

Griffin is a plugger in the middle and a stout defensive tackle prospect that has been one of the key cogs in Bellevue's championship runs in recent seasons. Griffin committed to Washington State early, but has opened it up and many have speculated that Cal could be his new destination, but they will have to fight off the Cougars, some schools out East and possibly Washington.

In the fight - Cal, Cincinnati, Mississippi State, Washington and Washington State.

Cal's chances? 51%

Colorado - S Glen Ihenacho 6'0 185 Gardena, CA (Junipero Serra)

A great all-around safety, Ihenacho is athletic and physical, covering both bases for a college safety and is one of the best prospects at his position on the West Coast. Ihenacho considered some Pac-12 schools and Miami before committing to Oregon in November, but took a visit to Colorado in December, potentially opening the door for the Buffaloes. Obviously the Ducks offer more prestige, but the Buffaloes could offer more early playing time.

In the fight - Colorado, Miami, Oregon

Colorado's chances? 25%

Oregon - S Juju Smith 6'2 185 Long Beach, CA (Poly)

Considered by many to be the nation's best safety prospect, Long Beach Poly star Smith can make plays all over the field and may be the West Coast's top prospect regardless of position. Smith is very much playing out his recruitment and taking all of his visits which are lined up all around the country. There is a good chance that Smith stays home and goes to USC or UCLA, but if he decides to not go, Oregon already got him in on a visit in October and has a good shot at landing him.

In the fight - Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA, USC

Oregon's chances? 15%

Oregon State - T Kaleb McGary 6'8 280 Tacoma, WA (Fife)

McGary is the top linemen prospect in the Northwest this year and is a tall prospect with good feet, making him an excellent tackle prospect. He has a bit of a country side, so he is heavily considering the small town feels of Oregon State and Washington State, but also is considering the local angle of Washington.

In the fight - Oregon State, Washington, Washington State

Oregon State's chances? 34%

Stanford - T Casey Tucker 6'6 290 Chandler, AZ (Hamilton)

Tucker looks like he could be another Stanford All-American offensive linemen, but they are going to have to convince him to leave home and not go to Arizona State to have him be that.

In the fight - Arizona State, Stanford

Stanford's chances? 51%

UCLA - WR Malachi Dupre 6'3 195 River Ridge, LA (John Curtis Christian)

The Bruins have started to recruit very well nationally under Jim Mora and they have their sights set on arguably the nation's top receiving prospect in Dupre. Dupre is fast, long and make plays down field and is great in jump ball situations, so naturally, every big program in the country is after him. The Bruins will have to beat some heavy hitters in the Southeast to get him, but they do have his last visit scheduled so they have a legit shot.

In the fight - Alabama, Florida State, LSU, UCLA

UCLA's chances? 15%

USC - CB Adoree Jackson 5'10 170 Gardena, CA (Junipero Serra)

One of the nation's most explosive athletes, Jackson is probably the best prospect out West in this class and his speed and athleticism has elite programs drooling. He has kept his recruitment very wide open and every big program in the country has been fighting for him, but USC and UCLA are fighting it out if he stays home and a handful of national powers will fight it out if he chooses to leave LA.

In the fight - Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA, USC

USC's chances? 50%

Utah - TE Dalton Schultz 6'5 230 South Jordan, UT (Bingham)

Shultz is maybe the nation's top tight end prospect and has the ability to come in right away and be a receiving threat for a program. Schultz has long been a Stanford lean, but he is also giving the hometown program a shot with an official visit and considering Notre Dame. It is probably a longshot, but there is a chance that the Utes can convince him to stay home.

In the fight - Notre Dame, Stanford, Utah

Utah's chances? 10%

Washington - T Kaleb McGary 6'8 280 Tacoma, WA (Fife)

Chris Peterson and the Huskies need to really improve their ability to keep top in-state prospects at home and with Budda Baker already headed to Oregon, McGary is the next most talented recruit that is on the board. They are going to have to battle some Northwest foes to keep him at home though, and he has expressed a love for small towns, so that might hurt the Huskies in this battle.

In the fight - Oregon State, Washington, Washington State

Washington's chances? 33%

Washington State - T Kaleb McGary 6'8 280 Tacoma, WA (Fife)

The Cougars have a great shot to steal McGary from Washington due to his interest in agriculture and going to college in a small town. Being three teams' top uncomitted recruit left on the board, it's going to be an intense Northwest battle for McGary's signature.

In the fight - Oregon State, Washington, Washington State

Washington State's chances? 33%

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