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Recruiting 2011 - Pac 12 North Team Rankings

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Posted Feb 6, 2011


Ranking and analyzing the 2011 Pac 12 North Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2011 

Pac 12 North Recruiting Rankings

Recruiting 2011 | Recruiting 2010 | Recruiting 2009

CFN Top Prospects for 2011

- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 
- 2009 CFN Top 150 | 2010 CFN Top 200  

- 2011 Pac 12 Recruiting Lists
- 5 Pac 12 Recruits You Should Care About
- 2010 Pac 10 Recruiting Rankings
- Recruiting 2011

- Pac 12 South Recruiting Rankings

1. Oregon | Scout List

The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Lots and lots of talent. Oregon hasn’t exactly struggled in the recruiting world over the last few years, but it hasn’t made a national splash like this with big-time prospects all across the board. The receiving corps got a mega-boost with JUCO transfer Rahsaan Vaughn ready to be a No. 1 guy right now, while the offensive line got some special talents in Tyler Johnstone, Jake Fisher, and Andre Yruretagoyena. The mega-coup, though, was ripping the heart out of USC by taking away the nation’s No. 1 corner, DeAnthony Thomas, at the last second.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 13. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. The stars are elsewhere, but the numbers are in the secondary as corner Dior Mathis and safety Erick Dargan lead a fast and talented group. DE Curtis White and guard Nick Rowland will be all-stars before their done, and JUCO transfer Ryan Clanton will be part of the offensive tackle rotation right away. The real excitement is over Lance Seastrunk, another talented runner to add to the equation choosing Oregon over Texas, Florida, LSU and Oklahoma. QB Bryan Bennett doesn't quite fit the normal Duck norm, but he's a great athlete who'll add more passing to the offense.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 29. That Class Was Heavy On ... special teams. The Ducks made an investment in their future on special teams with the signings of P Jackson Rice and PK Mike Bowlin. Both were ranked in the top 3 at their respective positions, and will have an opportunity to become the cornerstones of the unit now that P Josh Syria and PK Matt Evensen are gone. Rice and Bowlin won’t get the attention of, say, a Cliff Harris or Boseko Lokombo, but that doesn’t they won’t play an integral role down the road.

2. California | Scout List

The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Defensive linemen. Kyle Boehm, with some work, could be one of the better Cal quarterbacks in recent years, and Daniel Lasco is another fast Bear running back, but the stars are on defense. Stefan McClure is one of the nation’s top corner prospects and Jason Gibson might soon be the leader of the linebacking corps. The linemen are phenomenal with Viliami Moala, arguably the nation’s best tackle, a class-making pickup while Mustafa Jalil and Todd Barr aren’t far behind. Brennan Scarlett and Puka Lopa are could be terrors on the end with a little time to develop.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 22. That Class Was Heavy On ... Linebacker. The Signing Day coup was getting Keenan Allen, Scout.com's No. 1 ranked safety, away from Alabama and Clemson. He was added to a class that was highlighted by Chris Martin, the nation's top-ranked outside linebacker prospect who chose the Bears over USC, Florida, and Oklahoma. Martin is the star, but Jeff Tedford also loaded up the linebacking corps with Cecil Whiteside, a top-shelf prospect for the middle, and Dave Wilkerson, a player who'd be the star of just about any other class.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 33. That Class Was Heavy On ... linemen. The Bears did not discriminate when it came to big bodies this year; they’re feeding both sides of the ball with an impressive array of linemen. The program was especially effective on the offensive line, going all the way to New Jersey to land top-ranked C Mark Brazinski and robbing Oregon of T Charles Siddoway. Both are the type of players who are capable of cracking the starting lineup by their second season.

3. Washington | Scout List

The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Receivers. Jake Locker would’ve loved to have had this group to throw to. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a tall, talented tight end who might could be special very, very soon. Kasen Williams isn’t a blazer, but he’s a big, physical receiver who’ll the team’s No. 1 target when he’s ready. Josh Perkins and Jamaal Jones aren’t going to break any stopwatches, but they’ll fight for the ball. Bishop Shankey could be an interesting back to work into the mix right away. Defensively, the strength is on the defensive front with Taniela Tupou leading a big group.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 10. That Class Was Heavy On ... Linebackers. Steve Sarkisian, with a full year to work, came up with a phenomenal class with the type of infusion of talent to make Washington a player in the Pac 10 race for the next few years. The key piece to the puzzle is Sean Parker, an NFL-caliber safety who was given the full court press by USC, Cal, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Tennessee, but will be the sheriff of the Dawg secondary. Nick Montana, Joe's son, will get a year to groom behind Jake Locker, and Deontae Cooper is the running back the program has been missing. Underappreciated was the pickup of two future All-Pac 10 guards, Eric Kohler and Colin Porter, and DT Sione Potoae, a sure-thing NFL run plugger. Seven linebackers were signed including Chris Young, a big-hitting outside defender, and Victor Burnett, a pure inside linebacker who should become the leader in the middle.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 66. That Class Was Heavy On ... defense. Steve Sarkisian spent almost all of his recruiting muscle trying to rebuild a defense that allowed more than 38 points a game a year ago. Every level of the defense received attention, with special concentration going to the defensive tackles and cornerbacks. Linebackers Tim Tucker and Andru Pulu, in particular, might be good enough to dodge a redshirt year and contribute on special teams and defense right away.

4. Stanford | Scout List

The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Defensive linemen. The big splash will be about Kevin Hogan, with the hope that he’ll be ready to challenge for the starting job next year if and when Mr. Luck is done with his architecture career, and Remound Wright and Kelsey Young are dangerous backs who should add more flash than the Cardinal backfield has had in a while. David Shaw’s first class focused mostly on defensive linemen with two big, talented tackles in Lance Callihan and Anthony Hayes, and three good-looking defensive ends led by 6-6 Charlie Hopkins. The star of the defense, though, will either be middle linebacker James Vaughters or safety Wayne Lyons.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 25. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. Talk about being a salesman, not only did Jim Harbaugh successfully pitch top quarterbacks Brett Nottingham and Dallas Lloyd away from UCLA and Miami, respectively, but he also was able to sell them on Stanford even though Andrew Luck is the unquestioned starting quarterback for the next three years. Throw in the almost certain departure of Harbaugh to bigger and better things some time in the next five years, and it'll be interesting to see how this class progresses. The defense got the bulk with Blake Lueders a special end and Devon Carrington a safety who'll end up starring in the secondary sooner than later.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 21. That Class Was Heavy On ... pass-catchers. If the Cardinal is going to continue this forward push that started when Jim Harbaugh was hired, it needs to improve offensively. Like, now. This class provides some exciting weapons for whenever QB Andrew Luck takes over the offense. Stanford bagged a pair of four-star wideouts, Jamal Patterson and Jemari Roberts, to go along with easily the best collection of tight ends in the country. Both Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo are massive targets, who could have gone just about anywhere.

5. Oregon State | Scout List

The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … Defensive ends. Oregon State can’t get the players that Oregon and other Pac 12 programs can get, so it has to go bulky in numbers when it has to fill a hole. This year, the goal was to improve the defensive front, and with ten linemen brought in including JUCO transfers Rusty Fernando, Rudolf Fifta, and Blake Harrah, the Beavers are hoping for instant depth. Dylan Wynn is the star of the class and could end up being the team’s next great pass rusher. The strength of the offensive class is at receiver with Richard Mullaney a big target and Brandin Cooks and Tyrequek Zimmerman field stretching speedsters.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 60. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive tackles. The Beavers loaded up on offensive linemen last year, and this year Mike Riley concentrated on the defensive front. QB Sean Mannion is the crown jewel of the class and LB Shaydon Akuna is a nice get, but 280-pound Thomas Molesi, 290-pound Fred Thompson, and 290-pound Mana Tuivailala will be the key to the class. Throw in pass rushers in Dominic Glover, who'd be an ideal end in a 3-4, and Scott Crichton and OSU is loaded on the line for the next few years.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 48. That Class Was Heavy On ... offensive linemen. With so much turnover going on here, it was time for Mike Riley to replenish in the trenches, a key to the program’s success in recent years. A half-dozen new linemen are set to hit Corvallis, hoping to open holes for Jacquizz Rodgers as soon as possible. The name to remember in the short term is Michael Philipp, a can’t-miss guard, who had offers from everyone in the Pac-10 and is physically ready to play right now.

6. Washington State | Scout List

The 2011 Class Is Heavy On … JUCO defensive ends. The best players in the class are at linebacker with Max Hersey and Darryl Paulo two future starters for the inside, and Chester Sua and Logan Mays two potential killers on the outside once they add ten-plus pounds. But head coach Paul Wulff needs to show improvement and he needs to show it now. Hellooooo, JUCO transfers. Wazzu welcomes in four JUCO defensive ends, and while none of them are going to be on any All-America short lists, they’re all quick, they’re all ready, and they’ll all be a part of the rotation immediately.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 57. That Class Was Heavy On ... Wide receivers. Paul Wulff needed playmakers and he needed them last year. There might not be any sure-thing starters for 2010, but Bobby Ratliff, Marquess Wilson and Robert Jiles, and Blair Bomber are upgrades at receiver. Tight end Aaron Dunn needs to be a part of the offense now, and running backs Rickey Galvin and Devontae Butler-Booker are quick backs who should provide a boost for the running game. JUCO transfers David Gonzales and Wade Jacobson will push for starting time at tackle this offseason, while C.J. Mizell is a ready-made linebacker to plug in on the outside. 

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 44. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. The only reason why last year’s pass defense wasn’t worse off was because the run D was so easy to navigate. The Cougars realize there’s still plenty of work to be done in the secondary. They beat out the likes of Arizona State and Boise State for talented CB Nolan Washington, and bagged five safeties with the potential to start at some point in their careers. Heck, Wazzu even got themselves a Locker, beating out Washington for Jake Locker’s cousin, Casey.

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