It's been over one week since signing day. That's more than enough time for college football fans to decompress from the triumphs, or disappointments, from the 2015 class.
Even though some coaches take vacations after the first Wednesday in February, they always bring their phone with them because recruiting never stops. Unless they bolted for a job to the NFL, they are all fully engaged in 2016 recruiting and are constantly contacting and evaluating the next crop of prospects they are trying to add to their program.
The way recruiting moves these days, a lot of fans already know the top players they are after because they all have scholarships offers already. For those that don't know, here's ten recruits to follow in 2016 recruiting who have offers from just about all of the Pac-12.
Edge player Breland Brandt (UCLA commit)
Brandt committed early to the Bruins and will likely stick, but it's a long way til signing day in 2016. Just about every program in the country would love to have a player like Brandt committed to them. He's one of the top pass rush prospects in the nation and is a big time athlete.
Wide receiver Javon McKinley
The Centennial (Corona) product had a monster season as a junior and may end up as the top pass catcher on the west coast by signing day next year. He's outstanding after the catch and is a big play waiting to happen. Everyone in the Pac-12 is after McKinley as well as schools like Tennessee and Notre Dame.
Defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa
De La Salle is always one of the top programs in not only California, but the nation. They also have one of the nation's best defensive tackle prospects playing for them in Tagaloa. He's a future one technique or nose guard at the college level that should develop into a major run stuffer in the middle of a team's defense. In addition to all of the Pac-12 schools he has an offer from Alabama.
Safety Brandon Burton
As usual, Serra had several big time recruits in the 2015 class like John Houston (USC), Rasheem Green (USC), and Stanley "Scrappy" Norman (ASU). The next in line is Brandon Burton, a player who could play on either side of the ball in college, but looks likely to play safety. In addition to the usual suspects in the Pac-12, he has offers from Florida, Florida State, and Notre Dame.
Safety Shurod Thompson
Thompson has a knack for creating turnovers and schools like Oregon, USC, UCLA, and the Arizona schools have noticed. He's one of the top safety prospects on the west coast in the 2016 recruiting class.
Linebacker Lokeni Toailoa
Any program looking for a physical inside linebacker knows about Tailoa. That's why it's not a shock that Stanford is one of his many Pac-12 offers. Notre Dame and Oklahoma are two of his national offers.
Linebacker Caleb Kelly
With so much interest from all over the country, no one knows if Kelly will stay out west to play college football. That's not going to stop schools in the Pac-12 from trying to keep him closer to home though. He has the tools to be a complete linebacker at the next level and never step off the field in any situation.
Quarterback K.J. Costello
It's not as deep of a year at quarterback in California as it was last year, but with Malik Henry now transferring to IMG Academy in Florida, Costello is now clearly the top quarterback in the region. Stanford, Cal, and USC are some of the Pac-12 schools after him with Alabama also trying to gain a commitment from him. Out of the quarterbacks I have broken down in the 2016 class so far, he's at the top of my list.
Wide receiver Dylan Crawford
Costello is going to be slinging the ball to Crawford this fall and it should make for a dynamic duo. UCLA, USC, Stanford, and ASU all are pursuing Crawford in addition to Michigan.
Running back Chase Lucas
Lucas isn't a complete running back yet, but he might have the most big play potential out of any player out west this cycle. He's as dangerous catching the football as he is running it. ASU and Arizona would love to keep the Arizona product closer to home, but just about every other school in the conference hopes that doesn't end up being the case.