The early Top 12 Pac-12 prospects for the Class of 2015: USC in on a number of elite prospects early

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Josh Rosen and Ricky Town will duke it out to be regarded as the top quarterback in the class.

QB Blake Barnett 6'4 200 Corona, CA (Santiago)

The West Coast may have been light on truly elite quarterback prospects in the Class of 2014, but that is not the case at all in 2015, and Barnett is one of the best of them. Barnett is a mobile weapon with a big arm that can make plays in the read option along with in the passing game - he has the full package and will be likely be the most-coveted signal caller out West after Rosen and Town.

Which Pac-12 schools have a shot early on? Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA

Barnett is already committed to Notre Dame, but that doesn't mean that Pac-12 schools are going to let up on trying to get him to consider them. Quarterbacks waver much less than prospects at other positions, I would be surprised to see him at least take a look at big time schools out West like Oregon if they make big runs at him.

DT Jacob Daniel 6'4 300 Fresno (Clovis North)

The only elite defensive tackle out West in 2015, Daniel has is all - size, athleticism, strength and a good motor. He has the potential to be a monster in run defense and has the size to contribute right away when he gets to the next level and hold down the middle of a defense up front.

Which Pac-12 schools have a shot early on? Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington

Daniel committed to Washington as a junior, but re-opened his recruitment when Steve Sarkisian and his staff headed to USC. One would have to think that the Trojans are now the frontrunner to earn his commitment, but he is still pretty open right now.

DE Rasheem Green 6'5 270 Gardena, CA (Junipero Serra)

Green already has elite size for a college defensive end as a high school junior so he might be destined to play inside, but either way, he is going to be one of the best defensive line prospects in the entire country with his size and versatility.

Which Pac-12 schools have a shot early on? Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington

Not much is out there about Green's recruitment yet, but one would have to think that USC has a great shot at landing him, given their success with recruiting Junipero Serra and that Green had expressed interest in Washington while Sarkisian was there. Also keep an eye on Stanford if they offer and he gets in academically as they have made a living off signing guys like Green in recent years.

LB John Houston 6'3 200 Gardena, CA (Junipero Serra)

A rangy and light, but fierce linebacker that can move sideline-to-sideline and get after the passer, he's one of the top linebacker prospects in the entire country and maybe one of the best prospects in the country at any position. He can play inside or outside, but probably projects outside at the next level where he should develop into an excellent athletic linebacker.

Which Pac-12 schools have a shot early on? Cal, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington

Houston is wide open and assuredly will be pushed hard by every elite school in the country, but expect him to be another guy who has a good shot to end up at USC since he is from Junipero Serra, but also expect UCLA to try and make it an intense local battle for his signature.

TE Alize Jones 6'5 215 Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman)

The nation's top tight end might be out in Pac-12 territory again, as Jones is arguably the top prospect at the position early on due to his elite receiving skills and red zone abilities. He is a little light right now, but is a solid 215 and has the strength to match up with bigger players.

Which Pac-12 schools have a shot early on? UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, USC, Utah, Washington

Jones committed to UCLA early on the Bruins should have the inside track to land his signature, but expect schools to still stay all over him and watch out for USC, who have had success at Bishop Gorman in the past.

WR Christian Kirk 5'9 170 Scottsdale, AZ (Saguaro)

The state of Arizona's top prospect for the Class of 2015 is a small, quick playmaker that is electrifying in space and prolific in the stat book with his ability to both catch passes and run the ball. He is probably the top receiver prospect out West this year and already has a mountain of big time offers.

Which Pac-12 schools have a shot early on? Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington

Kirk is wide open and there will assuredly be a ton of pressure on the in-state schools to keep him home and of course the LA schools will push him hard and probably have a good shot.

DE Keishawn Lucier-South 6'4 220 Orange, CA (Orange Lutheran)

One of the best hybrid, edge rusher athletic prospects in the entire nation, Lucier-South is going to be recruited as a sack master and has already drawn attention from all over the nation. He is extremely fast for his size and has room on his frame to keep adding weight and become a terror up front or at outside linebacker.

Which Pac-12 schools have a shot early on? Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Washington

UCLA and USC are going after the local prospect hard and have to be the West Coast favorites to land him, but he might head out of Pac-12 territory, but right now, the only teams to really give much of a lead to are the Bruins and Trojans.

CB Iman Marshall 6'2 190 Long Beach, CA (Poly)

Early on, it looks like a cornerback from the LA area could be the top overall West Coast prospect for the second year in a row (CB Adoree Jackson was for 2014). Unlike Jackson though, he's known for his size and toughness and ability to jam receivers and dominate physically and could end up at safety in the end.

Which Pac-12 schools have a shot early on? Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State

Marshall is very open right now, but as all LA area prospects pretty much go, especially ones from a powerhouse program like Long Beach Poly, he is most likely to end up at UCLA or even more likely USC. Still, keep an eye out for elite programs from other regions along with Oregon and Stanford.

LB Osa Masina 6'4 205 Salt Lake City (Brighton)

Masina looks like he could be one of the best prospects to come out of the state of Utah in a while as he is a rangy linebacker that can really move with elite speed for his position. He has a lot of versatility and could play a number of positions at the next level and will is very coveted by schools all around the country.

Which Pac-12 schools have a shot early on? Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington

Masina is looking up offers from all around the country, but looks to have a huge interested in Pac-12 schools and he could end up at just about any of them with how random prospects from Utah can be. Obviously Utah has a better shot at landing him than they would most elite prospects of his level due to proximity.

CB Stanley Norman 5'10 165 Bellflower, CA (St. John Bosco)

Another elite corner prospect from out West, Norman has really impressed in camps and workouts and is an impressive pure cover corner that has a great feel for the game. He plays very physical for his size and has the kind of competitive streak you need to have to be a star at cornerback.

Which Pac-12 schools have a shot early on? Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State

Once again, a guy who is completely open early on, but is likely to heavily consider USC with UCLA fighting them all the way.

QB Josh Rosen 6'4 200 Bellflower, CA (St. John Bosco)

Rosen is the quarterback who has led a star-studded St. John Bosco program that has been maybe the most talented school of any in the nation and doing such a good job of it that Rivals has his rated as the second-best prospect at any position. He is the complete package at quarterback with great size, a rocket arm and excellent poise and mental capacity.

Which Pac-12 schools have a shot early on? Cal, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah

Rosen has long had really good things to say about Cal and loves their system, but you have to wonder if they can maintain if they don't improve in 2014. Keep an eye on UCLA with USC already having a commitment from Town.

QB Ricky Town 6'4 205 Ventura, CA (St. Bonaventure)

Scout actually pegs Town as being a tiny, tiny bit better than Rosen and I'm sure it's going to be an argument that rages all recruiting season as they are both similar players that have it all as pro-style passer prospects. When you have a guy like Town that has been targeted by Alabama and USC as their quarterback of the future at different times, you know he is special.

Which Pac-12 schools have a shot early on? USC

Town committed to Alabama early but recently switched to USC and barring something drastic, I don't see him wavering from that decision.

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