We’re counting down the rankings of the recruiting classes in the Pac-12 for the class of 2021, every week, with this week’s installment that sees Oregon once again cut into USC’s lead at the top.
1. USC Trojans — 244.82 points
Previous Ranking — No. 1 (245.60)
They lost a few points in some re-rankings of certain recruits but this should absolutely in no way diminish what they’ve created to date. I took a bigger look at their class over on Conquest Chronicles.
2. Oregon Ducks — 237.79
Previous Ranking — No. 2 (219.82)
The Ducks mission to topple USC is going as planned it seems. They’ve secured their first five-star recruit in WR Troy Franklin and got the services of four-star CB Jaylin Davies since our last update. Oregon’s average recruit ranking tops USC and the Trojans stay ahead of them only because of quantity, not because of quality.
3. Washington Huskies — 146.70
Previous Ranking — No. 5 (118.83)
One of only two Pac-12 schools with a five-star recruit committed, Sam Huard continues to rise up the individual rankings and is the No. 9 overall prospect now. The Huskies also saw their second-highest ranked recruit in Will Latu, the four-star athlete who is the sixth-best player in their home state. They’ve picked up multiple commitments this month and are going to clearly stay at No. 3 for the foreseeable future at this rate.
4. UCLA Bruins — 142.89
Previous Ranking — No. 4 (130.35)
If you would have guessed that UCLA would be a viable threat for Washington’s spot at No. 3 a month ago, I would’ve said you’re crazy, but here we are. Chip Kelly has secured five commitments this June and eight if you count the month of May. They picked up the top offensive lineman in the state of California since our last update as well as Kelly is on a hot streak.
5. California Golden Bears — 131.64
Previous Ranking — No. 3 (131.74)
Only one commitment since April will keep you in a stagnant place and though they grabbed the seventh-best player from the state of Hawaii in Fatuvalu Iosefa, the Bears are in fear of falling out of the top half, let alone the top three.
6. Arizona Wildcats — 113.35
Previous Ranking — No. 7 (89.74)
We documented their commitment from Matthew Weerts and the success that Kevin Sumlin is having right now on the recruiting trail. The rest of the Pac-12 better keep up because that’s now six commitments in June and another three over the back half of May. These Wildcats are cooking.
7. Washington State Cougars — 100.11
Previous Ranking — No. 6 (90.82)
The Cougars falter only because of Arizona’s rapid rise. Washington State secured the services of three-star safety Adrian Shepherd from the state of Texas in a big out-of-state get for Nick Rolovich since our last update.
8. Arizona State Sun Devils — 87.65
Previous Ranking — No. 8 (87.65)
The Sun Devils are averaging 2.5 commitments per month over the past two months and with only one commitment to date in June, we expect that number to rise and for them to stand pat right here at No. 8 with the way things are shaking out.
9. Oregon State Beavers — 85.58
Previous Ranking — No. 9 (69.01)
A team ready to make some moves, the Beavers have picked up the country’s No. 7 ranked all-purpose back in Damir Collins. He’s an in-state prospect but to keep him from the Ducks in this loaded class, is a feat in and of itself. Jonathan Smith and Co. could eventually crack the top half with more players of Collins’ caliber.
10. Utah Utes — 67.22
Previous Ranking — No. 10 (67.22)
We’ve reached the bottom three teams, yet again, where Utah, Stanford & Colorado’s combined commitments don’t even total Oregon or USC’s number. Utah is the hottest of the three, however, after securing two commitments in the month of June, but none in two weeks. They have their quarterback of the future on board in Peter Costelli but need to add some more weapons on both sides of the ball to reload for the future.
11. Stanford Cardinal — 67.06
Previous Ranking — No. 11 (67.06)
Color me not too worried about the Cardinal staying here as David Shaw likely is still picking his shots and the no-early-enrollee policy at Stanford likely keeping most future Stanford commitments at bay.
12. Colorado Buffaloes — 54.94
Previous Ranking — No. 12 (52.94)
Karl Dorrell has secured commitments from players in Nevada, Texas and Florida so far in his tenure at Colorado but noticeably absent from that list are in-state players including several top 500 athletes that have committed elsewhere already. Keeping in-state talent will be key for Dorrell’s growth in the program.