Today we breakdown the conference's top commits from each of the respective programs as of 8/16. USC owns the top 2015 class in the conference, followed by UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, and Arizona State rounding out the top 5.
The complete Pac-12 rankings for teams and players can be found here at: 247sports Pac-12 Rankings.
A big get for Rich Rodriguez and his staff to keep the number 2 ranked recruit in the state of Arizona at home. The Wildacats have been hot on the recruiting trail and lead the Pac-12 with 22 commitments thus far in the class of 2015. The 6'6 Walker headlines the group and has drawn comparisons to Taylor Lewan, partly because Lewan was also a tackle that Rich Rodriguez landed out of Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, AZ. He has good size for the position, and has proven to be very effective in pass protection at this stage in his career. Walker is also a tenacious player who is very physical at the point of attack.
Arizona State- QB Brady White (Newhall, CA)
Todd Graham's quarterback of the future, the number 3 pro-style quarterback in the nation on 247sports rankings, was one of the standouts of the Elite 11 final competition. Brady White will bring precision throws to the quarterback position and has just enough athleticism to keep the defense honest, which makes him a perfect fit for Graham's attack. He is described as having impressive intangibles as well, including a "calm and cool demeanor" and a "quiet swagger" about him. The lack of quarterback depth behind Senior QB Taylor Kelly is what makes this a huge commitment for the Sun Devils as White projects to be a big time player in Tempe.
Cal- WR Austin Aaron (Napa, CA)
Aaron is a big, tall receiver standing 6'5 and weighing in at around 210 pounds. He has great physical measurables, but not a ton of top end speed, more of a possession type receiever rather than a home run threat after the catch. Does have the ability to make some big plays in the vertical passing game. With some development, the three star recruit, Aaron should be a solid pass catcher in the 'Bear Raid'. He will have time to learn and develop behind an already talented and deep receiving corps once he arrives in Berkeley.
Colorado- OG Tim Lynott (Aurora, CO)
Tim Lynott is going to be a fantastic addition to Colorado if they can keep him at home and committed. Lynott, the 4 star guard, is the number 2 recruit from the state of Colorado and also had offers from Oregon, UCLA, and Miami among others. He really excels in run-blocking, and if he can prove to be effective in pass protection he projects to be a very productive player at the college level and a prospect for Buffs fans to be excited about.
Oregon- RB Taj Griffin (Powder Springs, GA)
One of the most explosive and exciting players in the nation. Griffin is a smaller sized running back at 5'10 175lbs, with tremendous big play ability, he fits a similar mold to a couple other speedy backs that's that we've seen in the Oregon backfield recently, in De'Anthony Thomas and LaMicheal James. Taj, the number one ranked all-purpose back in the nation according to 247sports, lands in Mark Helfich's open spread system which will best utilize his elusiveness and top end speed. Griffin has excellent lateral quickness and can get up field in a hurry to exploit a crease and gain huge chunks of yardage. In the Oregon system scouts are expecting him to get touches in a variety of different ways in order to accentuate matchups, both in the passing game and on the ground similar to how we saw De'Anthony Thomas used.
Oregon State- DE Hunter Mattox (Chatsworth, CA)
Hunter Mattox is a 6'4 255 pound defensive end prospect given a 3 star rating by 247sports. Mattox is a sort of under the radar recruit who had one other offer which was from Fresno State. ESPN's Recruiting Nation detailed that Mattox has the toughness and playing speed to contribute at the next level, though it may take some time and possibly a redshirt would be needed to improve his strength and technique before he can consistently stay on the field as a regular.
Stanford- ATH Arrington Farrar (Atlanta, GA)
Athlete Arrington Farrar is a 6'2 195 pound 4 star commit from the state of Georgia who according to Rivals.com projects best at strong safety. Farrar is a standout athlete who has the ability to cover a ton of ground when defending the run. He is a very strong tackler, both in tight spaces and in the open field. He has shown flashes of great range as a pass defender and is proving to be more than capable in that regard. The 4 star commit has great potential to become elite defender at the college level. Especially once he gets to Palo Alto and starts working with highly talented defensive backs coach Duane Akina, the architect of 'DBU' at the University of Texas.
UCLA- QB Josh Rosen (Bellflower, CA)
"The biggest get for the UCLA program at the quarterback position since Troy Aikman" these words by Ryan Bartow of 247sports are lofty praise for Josh Rosen, the pro-style prospect from Southern California. If you couldn't tell by that statement, Rosen is going to come into Westwood with a ton of excitement surrounding his presence on campus. He checks in as the nation's top pocket passer for the class of 2015 according to 247sports. The 5 star commit brings a prototypical and physical stature to the position, standing 6'4 and is listed at 205 pounds. Rosen is a very talented passer with great intangibles and feel for the game. He has the ability to make every collegiate level throw from the pocket and he does so with great velocity, accuracy and is also adept at leading receivers open. The St. John Bosco product displays a calm and confident nature with a competitive edge about him. Brett Hundley is likely to depart for the NFL after the season, opening the opportunity for Rosen to compete for the starting job and have a starring role right away in his career in the Pac-12. This potential makes Rosen the most exciting 2015 prospect in the conference.
USC- OT Chuma Edoga (Powder Springs, GA)
The highest ranked player in the top class of the Pac-12, Chuma Edoga, is a 6'4 273 pound 5 star commit from Georgia, and is currently the third highest rated OT in the nation. Edoga is described by scouts as being the most athletic offensive tackle in the class of 2015, versatile enough to maybe even play some guard at the next level. He is a highly touted recruit who has the potential to grow into a very solid contributor and potentially a star at tackle during his time at USC. His 4.91 40 yard dash time was the fastest of any offensive lineman tested at Nike's "The Opening". In fact his entire performance at the event was quite impressive as it was noted by ESPN's Erik Mckinney that Edoga was "arguably" the only lineman who could matchup with number 3 overall recruit in the nation DE Byron Cowart.
Utah- OG Jake Grant (Scottsdale, AZ)
Jake Grant is an athletically talented lineman who will most likely end up being moved to the interior from his high school tackle position. He shows the type of toughness and size, 6'3 278 pounds, that you like to see from a power five conference lineman. He will most likely redshirt to improve his "physical strength" and explosion. If he develops the way that he is expected to, he will be a very solid contributor and starter on Utah's offensive line.
Washington- QB Jake Browning (Folsom, CA)
Jake Browning might just be the most under-appreciated quarterback commit in the entire nation. The number 6 pro-style quarterback in the nation according to 247sports continues the theme of strong quarterbacks comitted to Pac-12 programs. The 6'3 quarterback from Folsom has ideal size for the position and JC Shurburtt of 247sports projects him to be a perfect fit for what Chris Peterson plans to do with the Huskies. He has adequate arm strength and delivers the ball accurately and on time with sound mechanics. The 4 star recruit chose Washington over other offers from Alabama and Oklahoma State among others. Browning has the potential at the end of the day to be one of the best quarterbacks in the conference, he just hasn't carried along the same amount of hype as others in the class of 2015 though he deserves it.
Washington State- CB Austin Joyner (Marysville, WA)
Joyner is at the top of a very nice sleeper class being put together in Pullman by coach Mike Leach. Wazzu has never signed an ESPN Top 300 recruit and they currently have two committed in the 2015 class. Joyner is as versatile as they come, and despite rushing for over 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns in his junior season at Marysville Pilchuck High School, he decided to stay close to home and commit to the Cougs at cornerback. Scouts are detailing the 4 star recruit's biggest strengths as being his feet and explosiveness. Judging by his game tape he's not afraid come up in the run game and make a big hit either. It's been said that Joyner will need to work on his change of direction in order to play corner at the next level, but with his commitment before his senior year, his focus will be much steeper on the defensive side of the ball.
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