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Pac-10 makes a run at recruiting crown

While the Pac-10 may have been exposed last year during bowl season, the Pac-10 rebounded with a flurry. While Florida’s recruiting class is being hailed as one of the strongest ever, top-to-bottom, no conference did a better job improving itself than the Pac-10.

Taking a look at the Rivals recruiting rankings, it’s pretty easy to see why people are feeling bullish about the Pac-10’s chances.

USC had an incredible Signing Day, sky-rocketing to a number-two finish in the mythical recruiting National Championship, signing an astounding five five-star commits to go along with 12 four-star players and only one three-star recruit. On offense, the Trojans pulled five-star commitments at running back, left tackle, two at wide receiver, and an athlete that can easily play on either side of the ball. If it weren’t for having only 18 commits, the Trojans would easily rank ahead of the Gators as the number one class.

UCLA made a terrific jump, pulling in Awamagbe Odighizuwa in an upset, Dietrich Riley, Anthony Barr, Cassius Marsh, and a slew of other top prospects. Even better for Rick Neuheisel, he beat out the Trojans head-to-head for a few key signatures, evening the score with the crosstown Trojans for the time being.

Jeff Tedford’s Cal program also came on the scene nationally, buoyed by the dynamic duo of five-star defensive end Chris Martin and defensive back Keenan Allen. As JT mentioned earlier, it was Cal’s willingness to take Allen’s half-brother that got Cal the North Carolina native.

Oregon, behind the commitment of dynamic running back Lache Seastrunk, also had a Top-15 effort in recruiting, capitalizing on first-year head coach Chip Kelly’s Rose Bowl run and the dynamic facilities and stadium that come with their prized status with Nike owner Phil Knight. (I’m not sure I can call their uniform choices a recruiting asset…)

Both Stanford and Washington had great recruiting classes as well, with coaches Jim Harbaugh and Steve Sarkisian each respectively pulling in classes just outside the Top 25 — pretty incredible ratings for regional programs far from historic powerhouses.

Arizona State, Arizona and Oregon State all had nice efforts as well. As for Washington State… let’s just hope these Rivals guys don’t know everything.

UPDATE — As we mentioned here, the Trojans’ late push to 20 recruits put them over the top. Just another crazy turn for a conference with a ton of momentum…  

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6 Responses to “Pac-10 makes a run at recruiting crown”
  1. jeremyb91 says: Feb 3, 2010 10:53 PM

    Just a note, Rivals has WSU 9th in the PAC 10 with OSU rounding out the 10 spot.

  2. louisianaguy says: Feb 3, 2010 11:48 PM

    Are you kidding me?
    The Pac-10 has only four teams in the Top 20… while the SEC has SEVEN teams in the Top 20… including FIVE teams in the Top 10.
    One thing for certain, though: It is these recruiting rankings that are the basis for all pre-season polls. Before a play is run, pollsters ask, “Who has the most talent?” Thus, right or wrong, the importance of these recruiting rankings by Rivals.com and Scout.com in determining who gets to eventually play in the BCS championship game.

  3. Meldryn says: Feb 4, 2010 1:07 PM

    Did Keith Arnold flunk math or somthing?
    Lets do a little simple math.
    OK USC is #1 in one out of five different ranking systems but is as low as 7th in others Florida on the other hand is #1 in four of the five systems and #2 in the fifth ranking system.
    Keith Arnold specifically references Rivals so Lets compare SEC to the Pac 10 using the Rivals Rankings.
    #1 Average Ranking of entire conference
    SEC = 23.333
    Pac 10 = 29.2
    SEC wins
    #2 Average Ranking of top two teams in each conference
    SEC = 3
    Pac 10 = 4.5
    SEC wins
    #3 Average ranking of top 3 teams in each conference
    SEC = 3.666
    Pac 10 = 6.666
    SEC wins
    #4 average ranking of top 4 teams in each conference
    SEC = 4.25
    Pac 10 = 8.25
    SEC wins
    #5 Average ranking of top ½ the conference.
    SEC = 7
    Pac 10 = 12
    SEC wins
    #5 Average ranking of top bottom 2 teams in the conference
    SEC = 55.5 (Kentucky at 49 Vanderbilt at 61)
    Pac 10 = 66 (Oregon State at 44 Washington State at 89)
    SEC wins
    #6 Average Ranking if you exclude the worse team in the conference
    SEC = 19.9
    Pac 10 = 22.55
    SEC wins
    #7 Average ranking of the dead middle teams in the conference This should Give the pac 10 an edge because this compares the #5 & #6 Pac 10 team to the #6 & #7 SEC teams
    SEC = 16.5
    Pac 10 = 27.5
    Sorry SEC wins again
    #8 maybe if we take the meat of the conference the middle 4 teams. This should Give the PAC10 an edge because this compares the #4 to #7 Pac 10 team to the #5 to #8 SEC teams
    SEC = 16.75
    Pac 10 = 25.75
    Sorry SEC wins again

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