Recruiting 2012 - Pac-12 North Team Rankings
Posted Feb 4, 2012

Ranking and analyzing the 2012 Pac 12 North Recruiting Classes

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QB – Devin Fuller, UCLA
RB – D.J. Foster, Arizona State
RB – Barry Sanders, Stanford
WR – Darreus Rogers, USC
WR – Bryce Treggs, California
TE – Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, USC
OT – Arik Armstead, Oregon
OG – Joshua Garnett, Stanford
C – Hiva Lutui, Utah
OG – Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State
OT – Kyle Murphy, Stanford
PK – Ka'imi Fairbairn, UCLA

DE – DeForest Buckner, Oregon
DT – Ellis McCarthy, UCLA
DT – Aziz Shittu, Stanford
DE – Leonard Williams, USC
OLB – Noor Davis, Stanford
MLB – Scott Starr, USC
OLB – Jabari Ruffin, USC
CB – Ishmael Adams, UCLA
S – Gerald Bowman, USC
S – Shaquille Thompson, Washington
CB – Yuri Wright, Colorado
P – Koree Durkee, Washington

1. Stanford | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Receivers. Stanford was terrific over the last few years partly because the lines were strong, partly because Andrew Luck was Andrew Luck, and partly because Jim Harbaugh did a terrific job of recruiting. David Shaw brought in a nice class last year, especially for the defensive front, but he has to upgrade the athleticism and speed at receiver. He's getting enough variety for the receiving corps to come up with a few instant options to help keep the Luck-less passing attack rolling.

Team Concerns For 2012: All the attention will be on Brett Nottingham and the quarterback race to replace Luck, but the bigger problem could be on the line with left tackle Jonathan Martin and right guard David DeCastro each leaving early for the NFL. The program is strong enough to come up with elite quarterbacks, but finding pro O linemen and a top tight end like Coby Fleener is a bit tougher. The defense loses safeties Michael Thomas and Delano Howell, putting the pressure on a few underclassmen to show they're ready.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: You don't get better by losing the No. 1 pick in the draft and a be-all-end-all quarterback prospect like Andrew Luck, but Jim Harbaugh recruited well before leaving for the pros leaving good young players in place ready to wage an interesting battle to fill the enormous void. The bigger problem could be on the offensive line where left tackle Jonathan Martin and right guard David DeCastro took off early and could be top 15 overall draft picks. The defensive front seven is full of veterans, but the secondary loses four starters and the offense doesn't have enough playmaking receivers to take the heat off underappreciated running back Stepfan Taylor.

2. Oregon | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Defensive linemen. Last year was the big class of top-shelf talent. This year the focus is on a line that needs pass rushers to help boost up the depth. With Terrell Turner and Brandon Hanna gone, Oregon needs as many options and bodies for the outside as possible, and this class will do it. The secondary will get a nice boost at safety for a few years from now; the Ducks are stocked for the near future.

Team Concerns For 2012: Offensive backfield. Most programs would be crippled by the loss of players like QB Darron Thomas and RB LaMichael James, but head coach Chip Kelly has done a phenomenal job of upgrading the talent level enough so that it's simply a matter of putting in the next guy. Kenjon Barner is good enough to be another James, while Bryan Bennett has to show he can be the leader Thomas was. A few key stars from the defense – end Terrell Turner, LB Josh Jadu, and safety Eddie Pleasant – will be missed.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: Assuming head coach Chip Kelly doesn't chip out – sorry – and take the money grab of an NFL coaching gig, it'll be more of the same for one of college football's new superpowers. LaMichael James is off early to the NFL, but there's more where he came from with speed to burn in the backfield thanks to the return of Kenjon Barner and the expected expanded role for receiver/runner De'Anthony Thomas. Losing James will still hurt, but the biggest hit is at quarterback where Darron Thomas stunningly chose to take off early for the NFL. Bryan Bennett isn't going to come in cold, but he has to prove he can run the attack like Thomas did.

The secondary will lose some key parts and the linebacking corps has to replace both starters on the outside, but Kelly has proven over the last few years that coming up with fill-ins isn't a problem. Michael Clay will emerge as a star in the middle after leading the team in tackles, and John Boyett is a terrific free safety who'll be in the mix for all-star honors.

3. California | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Receivers. The work was done over the last few classes to improve the lines as much as possible, and now the payoff is about to come. The receiving corps is fine for this year, even with Marvin Jones gone to the NFL, but head coach Jeff Tedford is looking to make the big push now with a potentially special class of targets coming in. Landing's No. 1 safety Shaquille Thompson already makes the recruiting season a success for the defense.

Team Concerns For 2012: An improved Zach Maynard is a must if a loaded Cal offense is going to play up to its potential. The defensive front needs a few new starters, safeties D.J. Campbell and Sean Cattouse are done, and linebackers Mychal Kendricks and D.J. Holt aren't easily replaceable, but things aren't that bad. The team's biggest loss could turn out to be punter Bryan Anger, putting the pressure on Jed Barnett to become a weapon.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: Can the Bears take another step forward under head coach Jeff Tedford? The offense needs QB Zach Maynard to be more effective and more consistent, but Keenan Allen should be one of the nation's top receivers and Isi Sofele is a special back who should roll at will behind a terrific-looking line. The defense led the Pac-12, but leader Mychal Kendricks is gone from the middle and D.J. Holt will be missed at one of the other linebacker spots. Safeties Sean Cattouse and D.J. Campbell are done, as is end Trevor Guyton, but there's good depth and solid reserves ready to play bigger roles. The team's biggest loss could be Bryan Anger, one of the nation's best punting weapons over the last few years.

4. Washington | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Quarterbacks. Everything is fine for the moment with Keith Price firmly entrenched as the main man, and with a good pecking order behind him, but the coaching staff is looking ahead to 2014 while upgrading the depth. Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles are big passers who fit what Steve Sarkisian wants to do with his offense, and the receivers will be in place with a good haul last year and a few good prospects coming in this season.

Team Concerns For 2012: Sarkisian has a good-looking team returning, but the offense needs some skill help with receivers Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar gone and workhorse back Chris Polk leaving early. Finding a few big bodies for the lines with 301-pound left tackle Senio Kelemete and 333-pound defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu off to the NFL.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: The coaching staff is undergoing a bit of an overhaul after the ugly second half of the season – allowing 31 points or more in five of the last six games and giving up 65 to Stanford and 67 to Baylor – but the offense should be solid. RB Chris Polk took off early to the NFL, but QB Keith Price outplayed Robert Griffin in the Alamo Bowl and proved he's ready to be a national star. He loses top targets Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar, but Kevin Smith and Kasen Williams are promising. The line only loses two regulars, while the D has to replace four starters including leading tackler Cort Dennison and corner Quinton Richardson. Top pass rusher Josh Shirley should shine with an expanded role.
5. Oregon State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... The defensive back seven. The Beavers have done a great job on the defensive line over the last few recruiting classes, and now it's time to work on the backfield, especially the secondary, with safety the key to the season and a few nice-looking corner prospects ready to sign on. The offensive line was worked on mostly in the 2009 class, and now come the reinforcements for three years from now led by Isaac Seumalo,'s No. 1 ranked guard.

Team Concerns For 2012: More offensive production. Sean Mannion appears settled in at quarterback, but the running game that was so miserable has to start getting a push from the line. Two starters are gone up front, while the passing game needs retooling with WR James Rodgers and H-Back Joe Halahuni both gone. Defensively, replacing safety Lance Mitchell will be the biggest job.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: Was 2011 a hiccup or was it a sign that things are slipping under head coach Mike Riley? The running game that was 118th in the nation gets back Malcolm Agnew and leading rusher Jovan Stevenson, but the line has to be far better with three starters returning. Sean Mannion is the quarterback Riley is building around, and he needs WR Markus Wheaton to do even more with James Rodgers finally out of eligibility. The defense that struggled so much against the run welcomes back five starters on the front seven, and while safety Lance Mitchell was good, the secondary will be solid with three starters returning. MLB Feti Unga is back after leading the team in tackles, while top pass rusher Scott Crichton has the potential to do far more.

6. Washington State | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class  

The 2012 Class Was Heavy On... Take a wild stab at what new head coach Mike Leach is looking to bring in. It actually isn't quite what you'd think, even though a few nice receivers are signing up. Leach is starting up front by signing up offensive linemen to build around for the next few years. There aren't a lot of top prospects coming in – there hasn't been enough time for Leach to work – but it's a huge class with lots of options to play around with. Soon, though, he'll be going after the passers he needs to run his attack.

Team Concerns For 2012: Is there a quarterback who can wing it around the yard 50 times a game? The receivers are in place with Marquess Wilson leading a strong group, and the running backs are just good enough to potentially add a little balance, but the offseason will be all about the quarterbacks. The defense gets nine starters back and could be terrific up front with last year's JUCO transfers about to play bigger roles.

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Season: Get your popcorn ready. Washington State might have had some fun and productive offenses in the past, but Mike Leach is about to take things to a whole other level. The nation's ninth-ranked passing game was already good, and now the spotlight will be on QB Jeff Tuel to see if he can stay healthy. If not, it'll be up to Connor Halliday to throw to rising star Marquess Wilson. The line gets three starters back, and while running the ball won't be the main mode of transportation, Rickey Galvin and Carl Winston are promising. The defense gets nine starters back after not doing nearly enough to rush the passer and not coming up with enough key stops. End Travis Long will be the key up front, while SS Deone Bucannon should be among the Pac-12's leading tacklers.

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