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Pac-12 Playhouse, 8/19: Football recruiting heats up

No season means the recruiting trails will be white hot this fall

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The Pac-12 football season is cancelled this fall. I didn’t need to say it, we all know. Yet, I still can’t start an article without re-stating it because I think it still needs to set in. While we’ll still have football in the south, most likely, the Pac-12 football coaches are hard at work on the recruiting trail already.

While the south playing games this fall may have a negative impact on teams that have decided not to play the fall 2020 season, others may view it, if done properly, as an advantage for the Pac-12, Big Ten and other Group of 5 conferences that aren’t playing. If they can get out and in front of these players for classes of 2021 and of 2022, and get a jump on their recruiting, they could land more recruits with more time on their hands this fall.

Some coaches have really picked up steam with the new-found virtual recruiting and the Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans are fielding nationally-ranked, top-five classes so far for 2021. They’re both also already looking towards the 2022 class and are hot on the trail of rising high school juniors already.

Let’s take a look around the Pac-12 and see who is hot on the recruiting trail already now that the season has been cancelled.

Addicted To Quack — Oregon Ducks

Quack Fix 8-19-20: The Recruiting Machine Never Sleeps

Arizona Desert Swarm — Arizona Wildcats

AZ Desert Swarm Podcast Episode 2: On Arizona’s defense and 2021 commits

Bruins Nation — UCLA Bruins

Video Highlights: 3-star WR, UCLA Commit Keontez Lewis

Building The Dam — Oregon State Beavers

Top Twenty for 2021* - Numbers 1-7

California Golden Blogs — California Golden Bears

TE Keleki Latu commits to Cal!

Conquest Chronicles — USC Trojans

USC offers 2022 prospect, No. 1 player from Oregon

CougCenter — Washington State Cougars

HCA: Tay Martin reportedly enters transfer portal

Skyler Thomas reopens recruitment and enters NCAA transfer portal

House of Sparky — Arizona State Sun Devils

ASU Football: Four-star defensive end Ken Talley lists Sun Devils in top seven

Rule of Tree — Stanford Cardinal

Cardinal slink to No. 11 in the Pac-12 Recruiting Race

The Ralphie Report — Colorado Buffaloes

What college cancellations means for the future of sports betting in Colorado

UW Dawg Pound — Washington Huskies

Recruiting Roundup: A Peek At Some 2022 Husky Targets