We’re just a few weeks away from when the 2020 season should have been kicking off, but thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re just a few short days away from news of either a Pac-12 only schedule or no season whatsoever. While we wait anxiously for any news pertaining to the 2020 season and whether or not we’ll have it played this fall, next spring or not at all, we take a look at the Pac-12 team recruiting power rankings, using the team overall score from 247Sports.
The Oregon Ducks have secured the No. 1 spot and despite a few new commitments from USC, look to stay in first convincingly. While Sam Huard won’t reclassify for 2020 and will remain on Washington’s 2021 class list, the Arizona State Sun Devils have been on an absolute tear and are creeping towards a No. 3 overall ranking.
Let’s count them down:
1. Oregon Ducks — 261.79 points
Previous Ranking — No. 1 (258.45 points)
The Ducks keep their lead with the commitment from three-star defensive end Christian Burkhalter from Spanish Fort, Alabama. Their class is rounding into shape, and though far from finished, is one of the best in the nation at this point, ranking No. 3 nationally.
2. USC Trojans — 255.23
Previous Ranking — No. 2 (249.71)
Securing four-star CB Prophet Brown did enough to close a bit of a gap on the Ducks to just over six points in the recruiting rankings, and they still represent the only team capable of catching the Ducks for the No. 1 spot. They’ll need a few pieces to fall their way and one of those is the most sought after recruit in the nation — 5-star, No. 1 player overall Korey Foreman.
3, Washington Huskies — 195.51
Previous Ranking — No. 3 (184.23)
The Huskies class of 2021 stayed a bit stronger when 5-star QB Sam Huard said he won’t be reclassifying to the class of 2020 to enroll early, and rather will stay the course and play whatever senior high school season he may have left, whether this fall or next spring. They also picked up their second-highest ranked recruit for this class in four-star guard and fifth-best player in the state of Washington when Owen Prentice choose Washington over Stanford and LSU.
4. Arizona State Sun Devils — 180.62
Previous Ranking — No. 8 (108.12)
This is the biggest story on the recruiting trail as the Sun Devils now have 18 commitments for this class and have surpassed four other teams in the rankings in doing so. They have secured the services of 10 different pledges since our last check-in, as 10 recruits have committed in the past eight days. They’ve received commitments from top kicker prospect Edward Czaplicki, three-star RB Martin Lucas from Virginia, three-star tackle Isaia Glass from Queen Creek, three-star DE Gharin Stansbury from Louisiana, three-star tackle Marcus Mbow from Wisconsin, three-star tackle Austin Barry from California, three-star DE Eric Gentry from Pennsylvania, three-star CB Robert Regan from California, three-star WR Junior Alexander from Washington and four-star ATH Tommi Hill from Florida. Head coach Herm Edwards’ tear has pushed his team into fourth place here and is a real threat to crack into the top three before everything is said and done.
The Sun Devils now have commitments from players hailing from 11 different states as he’s showing he has more than what it takes to be a major college football coach, leaving no doubt that ASU is in the right direction.
5. California Golden Bears — 178.93
Previous Ranking — No. 5 (148.56)
Since last check, the Golden Bears picked up the commitment of three-star OLB Moses Oladejo when the nation’s 42nd-best prospect at his position choose Cal. Three-star tackle Ryan Lange gave them 13 total commitments this past weekend, and pushed them above Arizona after a slight dip to sixth.
6. Arizona Wildcats — 164.74
Previous Ranking — No. 6 (142.04)
Speaking of the Wildcats, head coach Kevin Sumlin has also been on a tear recently, but not quite like his counterpart in Edwards and ASU. Still, Arizona now has 18 commitments for the class of 2021, including four since our last check. In total, they’ve received 16 of their 18 commitments since May 31, and don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
7. UCLA Bruins — 162.03
Previous Ranking — No. 4 (161.38)
Well, if the Arizona schools are on a hot streak, you can say UCLA has cooled off, a bit. After a great April-June stretch for the Bruins, they’ve picked up just two commitments in July and lost a few battles for some other top recruits on their board. Still, three-star offensive tackle Garrett DiGiorgio at 6’7, 300 pounds was a big get, physically and on the recruiting boards.
8. Washington State Cougars — 137.70
Previous Ranking — No. 7 (130.40)
It took a bit for Nick Rolovich to get rolling at WSU but they’re still continuing to move on the recruiting path. This month, he’s picked up commitments from JUCO transfer Fred Thompkins at LB, three-star DT David Gusta, three-star OLB Jayhvion Gipson and their current highest-rated recruit in three-star safety Jaden Hicks from powerhouse Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.
9. Oregon State Beavers — 107.48
Previous Ranking — No. 10 (97.26)
The slow build continues for head coach Jonathan Smith and the Beavers. Since our last check-in, they’ve received a commitment from three-star DE Omarion Fa’amoe from Salt Lake City as he represents the 11th-best player to hail from Utah this circuit.
10. Utah Utes — 97.57
Previous Ranking — No. 9 (97.57)
Speaking of Utah, the Utes have their work cut out for them to get back into the thick of this race as they’re slowing creeping back towards the bottom. They have just six recruits for this class, but seven total as Tevita Fotu is schedule to re-enroll for this class. Still, they’ve only received one commitment in July and that was back on July 1.
11. Stanford Cardinal — 96.33
Previous Ranking — No. 12 (67.06)
The race off the bottom saw the Cardinal pull a commitment from three-star TE Shield Taylor from the state of Louisiana. A sharp kid with a great academic record and a 4.3 GPA in high school, Taylor is seen as a gadget player for the Cardinal, having played running back, fullback and tight end in high school. He’ll be a multi-use player for Stanford and has helped them get off the No. 12 spot, for now.
12. Colorado Buffaloes — 96.20
Previous Ranking — No. 11 (71.13)
Color us less worried here because head coach Karl Dorrell hasn’t even been able to meet his team in full yet, it feels like. He’s still getting acclimated to his surroundings during what can only be explained as an incredibly difficult time to do so. Since last check-in, however, he’s still managed to pull the commitment of three-star DT Tyas Martin from Arkansas as well as three-star players Tyrin Taylor and Ryan Williams from North Carolina and Texas, respectively.