© 2008 Oregon Magazine
'08 Pac10 Recruiting Results
Favor ASU, Oregon, UCLA
The 2008 Pac10 gridiron recruiting results to date indicate some power balance
shifts are inevitable. The USC dominance has been threatened by its cross-town rival UCLA,
while Oregon and Arizona State scored very well in enticing prep graduates. Assessing the
recruiting scene canpus by campus:
ARIZONA the Wildcats have signed 22 newbies, but none in the 5-star class. Most
notable acquisition is California all-state QB Matt Scott
ARIZONA STATE Dennis Erickson's magic wand has waved in 27 signees to date, including
11 prepsters ranked in the nation's top 25 at his position, plus five all-American JC
transfers expected to contribute immediately. Included in the haul is QB John Elway, Jr., son
of the all-pro. Dennis the Menace also stole a mammoth 6-5, 250 lb. defensive end James Jarrett,
tentativley committed to Oregon and signed running back Ryan Bass rated among the
nation's top 100 preps.
CALIFORNIA Coach Jeff Tedford's crop of 21 prep signees includes five with
all-American mentions at WR, OL, RB, DL & TE. Most interesting recruit is QB Sean
Sweeney, son of former Fresno St. signal-caller Kevin, whom Tedford coached, and
grandson of college hall-of-fame coach (Washington State & Fresno St.) Jim Sweeney.
OREGON the Ducks winning record and superb facilities have lured 16 preps and four
JC's so far for a class comparing to the best in school history and including two QB's,
Darron Thomas & Chris Harper, boasting outstanding spread offense skills. Word is still
out on whether Terrelle Pryor, rated by some as the finest QB in national prep history, will
choose Oregon over Penn St., Michigan & Ohio St. Already in camp is RB LeGarrette
Blount, rated the best JC runner in the country this past season. Oregon's reputation has
attracted signees from Texas, Kansas, Mississippi and Arizona in addition to the usual
OREGON STATE a small recruiting class is highlighted by Texas prep RB Jacquizz
Rodgers, litttle brother of Beaver standout James Rodgers. Also on board is Simi Kuli,
best in the land at his JC position of defensive end. Prep QB Ryan Katz from Santa
Monica , recruited by Washington & Oregon, has become a Beaver.
STANFORD No national standouts are included in a small class of 18 prep recruits, but
the geographic sites of origin are diverse per usual for this school.
UCLA Rick Neuheisel's coaching debut at his alma mater has been staged with a
sparkling recruiting class and the appointment of former USC offensive coordinator Norm
Chow. A total of 22 signees with credentials of national note and a JC all-American QB,
Kevin Craft, son of former San Diego St. head coach Tom. The signal-calling spot will be
hotly contested by all-American high schooler Paul Crissman.
USC the mightyTrojans have signed only 17 to date, including no QB prospects, with
starter Josh Booty and his backup both returning. Coach Pete Carroll and staff concentrated
on defensive prospects, where graduation severely depleted the ranks. The cross-town
Neuheisel show now presents a challenge for attracting gems from the mother lode of southern
California prep talent.
WASHINGTON Coach Tyrone Willingham's battle to restore the ruins of Husky football
created by Neuheisel is fueled by the signing of 26 prep recruits, including a sweep
of the best prospects in the state, undoubtedly inspired by Tyrone's 2007 coup of signing QB
Jake Locker. The signees include stocking receiver and defensive ranks as focal points.
WASHINGTON STATE a new coaching administration led by Paul Wulff signed good numbers
(28), but relied almost soley on Wulff's state of Washington heritage. The notable
acquisition is Tacoma all-state QB Cal Schmidtke who garnered some honorable mention
ROSES & RASPBERRIES a passle of posies to Portland State's dynamic
coaching duo, Glanville & Davis, for gathering their first recruiting
class which has the ingredients to propel the Vikings into national
prominence ... an overwhelming condemnation is due the U.S. Congress
for wasting legislative time reviewing steroid use in baseball when
there are far more important issues they should be dealing with it's
no wonder voter polls show a huge majority of Americans hold the
current Congress in disfavor ... bouquets are showered upon the PSU
basketball program for becoming a serious threat to enter the NCAA
Big Dance ... condemnation by its league brethren has been earned by
the UCLA athletic administration for ignoring all NCAA coaching
standards by hiring Neuheisel, wrecker of two Division I grid programs
(Colorado & Washington) already with his immoral, unethical activities.