The race for the top football recruiting class in the Pac-12 just got a little bit more out of hand. In fact, it may as well be a race for who can finish third behind Oregon at No. 2 and USC at No. 1 because as of right now, no one is catching the Ducks or Trojans.
Here’s how they all stack up according to recruiting points from 247Sports:
1. USC Trojans — 245.60
Previous Ranking: No. 1 (220.99 points)
There may be no catching the Trojans at this rate, even from Oregon. They’ve received three commitments since we last checked in, including Miller Moss, the highly sought after quarterback from LA. They also added the state of Texas’ No. 1 TE as well as Nevada’s third-best player overall in WR Michael Jackson III. This is almost getting out of hand how well Clay Helton is recruiting during the coronavirus pandemic’s shutdown of official visits.
2. Oregon Ducks — 201.62
Previous Ranking: No. 2 (201.24)
The Ducks stood pat at 12 commitments since our last check in but they saw a slight boost in points due to some recruiting ranking shufflings. Their recruiting class is as strong as anyone’s at this point due to their strength of players pulled from each differing state. They have the state of Arizona’s top-ranked player, Oregon’s top-ranked player, New York’s highest-ranked player and Nevada’s top-ranked player as well as Arizona’s No. 2, Utah’s No. 2 and OT Jonah Miller, the No. 5 overall player in Arizona.
3. California Golden Bears — 120.23
Previous Ranking: No. 3 (120.23)
Cal is in fear of losing their third-ranked spot for the second week in a row now but Washington hasn’t been able to do it. They both better watch out for UCLA as they’ve received a big commitment in June so far.
4. Washington Huskies — 105.42
Previous Ranking: No. 4 (105.42)
The Huskies haven’t grabbed a commitment from a high schooler since April but they do have the nation’s No. 1 JUCO TE coming in Quentin Moore. They’ll need some players to start pledging their allegiance to stay ahead of UCLA sooner than later.
5. UCLA Bruins — 93.91
Previous Ranking: No. 5 (79.94)
Since our last check, UCLA has seen perhaps their biggest bump due to the commitment of Kajiya Hollawayne, the nation’s 20th-ranked dual-threat quarterback. He’s a huge grab for the Bruins who now have their future leader of the program in the bag.
6. Washington State Cougars — 77.17
Previous Ranking: No. 6 (77.17)
They’ve stayed where they are for now, but are still one of the hotter teams in the Pac-12, seeing all seven of their commitments for 2021 come in the past month. Head coach Nick Rolovich was motoring through commitment news in May and they remain one of the hottest teams in the conference and in the country.
7. Arizona State Sun Devils — 75.86
Previous Ranking: No. 9 (61.96)
Head coach Herm Edwards got a commitment from three-star, Oceanside High School’s Kamron Beachem since our last check. Grabbing the big man gave them a boost two spots as Beachem stands at 6’5, 200 and has incredible positional versatility for the Sun Devils.
8. Oregon State Beavers — 67.40
Previous Ranking: No. 7 (67.40)
Three commitments in May later, the Beavers are teetering on a top-half recruiting class with several others projected to commit before the season. Head coach Jonathan Smith is building something in Corvallis.
9. Stanford Cardinal — 67.06
Previous Ranking: No. 8 (66.20)
Two commitments in April and two commitments in May, David Shaw is slowly but surely getting players to commit. We’ll see where this class winds up but patience is certainly an aspect when dealing with any Stanford recruiting class.
10. Utah Utes — 53.09
Previous Ranking: No. 10 (37.87)
The Utes picked up a commitment from guard Koli Faaiu since our last check, the state of Washington’s 13th-ranked player and 35th-best guard prospect for this class. It’s not enough to move them much as they’re still sitting at three total high school commits for this class.
11. Arizona Wildcats — 41.84
Previous Ranking: No. 10 (29.34)
There’s at least some movement as the nation’s 19th-best center committed to the Wildcats since last time. JT Hand is a big man in the middle and could eventually be a key cog on the Arizona offensive line.
12. Colorado Buffaloes — 41.77
Previous Ranking: No. 12 (27.46)
Slow and steady may not win them this race but it may at least get them out of the bottom as head coach Karl Dorrell got his third commitment, and second since he was announced as the head coach. And it was his best one yet as three-star ILB and the state of Nevada’s 6th-ranked player Zephaniah Maea committed last week. They can easily pass up the two schools ahead of them and start pressing Stanford for a top-10 Pac-12 class with a few more like him.