The Class of 2021 is shaping up to be an impressive list of commitments and signees for several programs in the Pac-12. Some have been hot on the ‘virtual’ recruiting trail while others are seemingly trailing.
Here, we’re tracking down the rankings as we come to a close on the month of April, and checking in where each of the Pac-12 schools currently rank in terms of committed athletes for the class of 2021.
No. 1 — USC Trojans
The Trojans currently rank ninth overall in the country as they have nine hard commits, including seven four-star prospects after picking up two more just this past week or so. Their average 247Sports composite ranking of 0.9163 is significantly higher than their class of 2020’s 0.8749.
Head coach Clay Helton is on a tear and will look to continue that this summer.
No. 2 — California Golden Bears
The Bears are currently ranked 22nd in the country on the backs of seven hard commitments including two four-star players in Jermaine Terry and Mavin Anderson. They just picked up an impressive duo of secondary players as well, giving them a wide array of commits so far as every commitment is at a different position.
Their average star rating is a slight bit better than last year’s but their overall ranking in the conference is trending in the absolute right direction for head coach Justin Wilcox and Co.
No. 3 — Oregon Ducks
The Ducks had the top-ranked class for the 2020 class and they’re currently swinging big as four of their five commits are four-star prospects including RB Seven McGee from New York, QB Ty Thompson from Arizona and athlete Kyron Ware-Hudson from California. Oh, and their lone three-star recruit is the fifth-best center in the nation.
In fact, their average rating for their five commits is better than their top-ranked class from a year ago, meaning if they keep this up, head coach Mario Cristobal has as great a chance as anyone to top the Pac-12 again.
No. 4 — Washington Huskies
The Huskies have their quarterback of the future in five-star pro-style Sam Huard as the nation’s No. 1 pro-style QB committed back in 2018. Aside from Huard, Washington has four more commitments, all three-star recruits, with three of them committing within the past week. It seems new head coach Jimmy Lake has finally gotten his legs under him and is making waves for players they’re in battles for.
No. 5 — UCLA Bruins
The Bruins have all of two commits for the class so far as they’ve gotten one in each of the past two months. DJ Justice is the son of legendary Atlanta Brave David Justice and is a top-100 receiver while Devin Aupiu is the 32nd-best linebacker in his class.
They may be fifth here, but they’re only 61st in the country, seeing a big-time drop off from the top four schools in the conference.
No. 6 — Stanford Cardinal
Like the Bruins above them, the Cardinal have just two commits for the 2021 cycle as head coach David Shaw’s policy against early enrollees may be doing damage to those committing early and that want to get to campus in January now that the ‘new’ signing day is in December. Still, Ari Patu is the 14th-best dual-threat quarterback in the country while Jimmy Wyrick is a big get from the state of Texas.
They’re currently 62nd in the country in overall recruiting.
No. 7 — Arizona State Sun Devils
Head coach Herm Edwards and his staff have two commitments for the class of 2021, a quarterback in Finn Collins and an edge defender in Caleb Banks from Michigan. It’s hard to tell where this class will go from there but Herm is usually linked to get a big-name player or two as he’s averaged a healthy 0.8812 rating for his recruits since last year.
No. 8 — Utah Utes
The Utes have some big-time shoes to fulfill this year and will ultimately have big shoes to fill even after the class of 2020 is fully on campus. That being said, they did receive their best player so far in QB Peter Costelli who ranks as the ninth-best dual-threat QB in the country and he committed in early April. They rank just 74th nationally.
No. 9 — Colorado Buffaloes
New head coach Karl Dorrell received his first commitment since he took over, of course coming from the state of Florida and near Miami where he hails. Allan Baugh joins Chase Penry, who committed back in January as the Buffs two commits for 2021. They rank just 86th nationally right now, but it will be extremely interesting to see what Dorrell can build once he can really hit the ground running.
No. 10 — Oregon State Beavers
The Beavers have three commits for the class but just one finds himself ranked on any list as Henry Buckles is the fifth-best player in the state of Oregon. They’ve also had Sione Veikoso (another guard) from Hawaii and Alex Lemon from Iowa Central Community College to pledge but currently they rank just 94th nationally.
No. 11 — Washington State Cougars
The Cougars have no commits for the class of 2021 as new head coach Nick Rolovich has not been able to get a player to pull the trigger just yet.
No. 11 — Arizona Wildcats
Arizona also does not have a commit for the class of 2021 and head coach Kevin Sumlin has to be feeling the pressure at this point in his Arizona tenure.
We’ll update this when things change. Got a tip? DM @CamMellor on Twitter.