Arizona - Nathan Tilford 6’1 200 RB Ontario, CA - Rich Rodriguez does a great job of bringing a steady stream of talented athletes between 5’10-6’1 and 175-205 who can play a lot of positions. Tilford is very talented for a player in that mold and can play a lot of positions. I think he starts out at running back, where the Wildcats have battled injuries and gets carries right away.
Arizona State - Alex Perry 5’10 170 CB Las Vegas, NV - Arizona State’s pass defense was a disaster last year so a four-star prospect with the skills of Perry should be throw into the fray right away. He will join his older brother Armand in ASU’s secondary.
Cal - Elijah Hicks 5’10 170 CB La Mirada, CA - Justin Wilcox is sure to start inputting his recruits into his defense as soon as possible. The most highly-rated prospect coming in this year is well-regarded corner Hicks, who could quickly move into their rotation in the defensive backfield.
Colorado - Jake Moretti 6’5 290 T Arvada, CO - Getting elite prospect Moretti to flip from Ohio State was another sign that the Buffs are back to being a power program under Mike MacIntyre. The Buffs have a lot of talent and experience coming back on the offensive line, but Moretti is just too talented to keep off the field and I wouldn’t be shocked if he works his way into a starting spot by the end of the season.
Oregon - Demmodoire Lenoir 6’0 170 CB Los Angeles, CA - Lenoir was committed to the Ducks under Helfrich and then recommitted after blowing up at the Army All-American Bowl which pushed him up towards being regarded by some as the top pure athlete in the nation. He will fight for a starting spot at cornerback right away on a Duck defense that was epically bad in 2016.
Oregon State - Isaiah Hodgins 6’3 190 WR Walnut Creek, CA - The Beavers needed to reload at receiver after losing Victor Bolden and a highly-rated, rangy receiver with hands like Hodgins should get into action right away. He could be a great target for the Beavers in 2017 in the red zone and on third down.
Stanford - Walker Little 6’8 305 T Bellaire, TX - Foster Sarell might be a little more highly rated by some, but Little looked more ready to go at the Army All-American game. The Cardinal are loaded up with talented and experienced offensive linemen, but given that not a single one made even honorable mention All-Pac-12 last year, I think a blue chipper with size like Little will come in and compete right away for a starting job.
UCLA - Jaelan Phillips 6’6 250 DE Redlands, CA - Phillips is one of the best prospect at any position in the nation and should be a great player from day one at UCLA. He should help fill the void left by the graduation of Takkarist McKinley.
USC - Jay Tufele 6’3 295 DT South Jordan, UT - The Trojans have a wealth of players to choose from, but I am going to go with Tufele because the Trojans desperately need beef in the center of their defensive line after losing Stevie Tu’ikolovatu to graduation and with Kenny Bigelow still a question mark after two injuries. Tufele is a five-star prospect who already has the size and strength to make a difference at the next level.
Utah - Tareke Lewis 6’1 175 CB Riverside, CA (JC) - The Utes make a living on talented junior college players and Lewis is the top-rated one they have coming in for 2017. The Utes will need him right away as they lose their top three cornerbacks from 2016.
Washington - Ty Jones 6’4 200 WR Provo, UT - The Huskies were electic at receiver in 2016 with John Ross and Dante Pettis, but they lacked a big, physical receiver or tight end who could make tough catches and beat press coverage. Jones, who exploded at the Army All-American Bowl should be that receiver from day one.
Washington State - Jamire Calvin 5’10 160 WR Los Angeles, CA - The Cougars lost Gabe Marks and River Cracraft to graduation and need a new playmaker at receiver to step up. The four-star Calvin could become that playmaker rather quickly if he can built up the bulk needed to play in the Pac-12.