5 Pac-12 South Recruits You Need To Know

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Every Pac-12 South team's five new recruits you need to know.

Recruiting 2012 

5 Pac 12 South Recruits To Care About

Recruiting 2012 

CFN Top Prospects for 2012
- 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  

- Pac-12 North Recruits To Care About

Top 5 Arizona Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. LB Dakota Conwell
6-2, 205, Scout.com 29th ranked, four-star outside linebacker. Conwell is best known for his exploits as a dual-threat quarterback, but he'll likely project as an outside linebacker at the next level. He is very instinctive and always around the ball. He is an excellent athlete who can cover or defend the run.

2. C Beau Boyster
6-4, 275, Scout.com 12th ranked, three-star center.

3. OG Zach Hemmila
6-3, 275, Scout.com 28th ranked, three-star guard.

4. LB C.J. Dozier
6-2, 210, Scout.com 29th ranked, three-star middle linebacker. As a junior C.J. Dozier played at Chaparral High School in Temecula and finished his junior season with 113 tackles, four sacks and two fumbles caused. He says he can bench 255-pounds, squat 350 and has a 30-inch vertical jump.

5. DE Kyle Kelley
6-3, 230, Scout.com 42nd ranked, three-star defensive end. Had 88 tackles, five fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, two blocked field goals and a blocked punt as a 2010 junior at Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge.

Top 5 Arizona State Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. RB D.J. Foster
6-0, 185, Scout.com 12th ranked, four-star running back. It is tough calling a kid a can't miss prospect but there is a lot to like about Foster. He can play multiple spots, lining up at RB, WR, CB and is a dangerous return man. Makes people miss, is a big play threat and a lock down corner. Averaged over 11 yards per carry as a JR and made 7 INTs.

2. OT Evan Goodman
6-4, 290, Scout.com 16th ranked, four-star offensive tackle. While watching Goodman, the superlatives are easy to come up with. He fires off the ball quickly. He absolutely wants to bury the guy in front of him. His athleticism is reminiscent of a linebacker rather than an offensive lineman. He is quick enough to not only engage a blocker, but change his angle of contact and keep his defender constantly off balance. Needs to work on his hand placement as they tend to drop in pass pro.

3. RB Marion Grice
6-0, 210, Scout.com four-star JUCO transfer. Named 1st Team All-Southwest Junior College Conference after rushing for 1,169 yards and 17 TD's as a freshman.

4. CB Richard Smith
5-9, 161, Scout.com 31st ranked, three-star cornerback. Caught 23 passes for 597 yards and eight touchdowns as a 2010 junior at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.

5. LB Salamo Fiso
6-1, 215, Scout.com 33rd ranked, three-star outside linebacker.

Top 5 UCLA Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. DE Ellis McCarthy
6-5, 295, Scout.com 2nd ranked, five-star defensive tackle. McCarthy has tremendous size and leverage while playing with good aggressiveness. He boasts a quick first step that gets him quickly in He has a quick first step that gets him past the offensive line rapidly. He has great strength and can take on a double team without much issue. Excels in stopping the run and solid in rushing the passer.

2. QB Devin Fuller
6-0, 185, Scout.com 3rd ranked, four-star quarterback. As a junior, Devin Fuller completed 95 of 143 passes for 1,886 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also carried the ball 191 times for 2,306 yards and 32 touchdowns, giving him a total of 4,150 yards and 52 scores on the year. On defense, he added 65 tackles and three interceptions. He says he can bench 250-pounds, squat 450 and has a 31-inch vertical jump.

3. CB Ishmael Adams
5-10, 190, Scout.com 7th ranked, four-star cornerback. Though he plays running back, cornerback is where he's getting recruited and we ultimately feel that is his best spot. He's good in coverage, has quick, fluid hips and backpedal and a good nose for the ball. Out of the backfield, he's showed a good ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, quickness and vision.

4. LB Aaron Porter
6-2, 230, Scout.com 11th ranked, four-star linebacker. An instinctive linebacker, Porter plays faster than his speed might suggest because he anticipates and reads the play so well. He's a good pass rusher, because he times snap counts and makes plays in the backfield as he gets off the ball so well. Big enough to play inside, but his skill set might be better served outside; the closer he is to the line of scrimmage, the more effective he is.

5. WR Jordan Payton
6-2, 205, Scout.com 15th ranked, four-star receiver. Payton had 61 catches for 907 yards and 10 touchdowns while missing two games. As a 2009 sophomore at Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, recorded 45 catches for 1,088 yards and 18 touchdowns, setting the new Oaks Christian record for touchdowns and yards in a season for a receiver. Was named First team All-League and All-County, and Second Team All-Area.

Top 5 USC Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. S Gerald Bowman
6-1, 215, Scout.com five-star JUCO safety. Shows good aggression, strong safety type that is good at supporting the run. Lacks the top end speed to run with the faster receivers in the game. Has a tendency to peek into the backfield and is susceptible to receivers getting behind him. A big hitter, but more importantly, a sure tackler. He's doesn't sacrifice making a tackler for trying for the knockout hit. Needs to maintain discipline in coverage.

2. LB Scott Starr
6-3, 230, Scout.com 3rd ranked, four-star middle linebacker. Starr has ideal outside linebacker size, he could put his hand down if needed, and looks well-suited for a 3-4 defense. Starr has tremendous strength and aggressiveness and is an exceptional tackler and pass-rusher. Needs to become a little more flexible and fluid.

3. S Nelson Agholor
6-1, 175, Scout.com 5th ranked, four-star safety. Agholor is an athlete with a lot of ability on the field. He is just a natural in the secondary and he could be a ball-hawking safety on the next level. He needs to add weight and muscle and become a little more physical, but he has great ball skills, he breaks on the ball well, and he has a lot of range in the secondary. He is a very fluid athlete that can change direction well and he has great instincts too.

4. OG Jordan Simmons
6-5, 340, Scout.com 4th ranked, four-star guard. Simmons projects best as an offensive guard. He's mammoth player that can handle the strongest of bull rushes. When he gets in trouble is when he over extends and reaches for a player, getting off balance and letting a quicker, smaller end get around him. When he uses his athleticism and trusts his base and lets a player come to him, he is virtually unbeatable.

5. TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick
6-5, 250, Scout.com 4th ranked, four-star tight end. An athletic big man, Cope-Fitzgerald plays tight end in high school as well as basketball, but his future will likely be on the offensive or defensive line.

Top 5 Utah Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. DE Sione Tupouata
6-5, 255, Scout.com four-star JUCO transfer. A tall, lean defensive end with a huge frame and a terrific wing-span, Tupouata has the speed to chase down plays from the back side. An athletic mis-match against most offensive linemen, Tupouata will demand a double team once he refines his craft as a pass rusher. Athletic enough to play an OLB in a 3-4. He's capable of holding his own against bigger tackles, but still needs to get stronger to hold up against 300 pound OTs.

2. C Hivo Lutui
6-1, 270, Scout.com 3rd ranked, four-star center. Lutui is the heart and soul of an offensive line that cleared the way for massive numbers on the ground. He can pull with ease and is super strong at the point of attack. He has all the moves and is plays flat out nasty. He relishes turfing his man. He always keeps his feet moving and plays with good leverage which allows him to control his man and work him down the field. He could play offensive guard or center in college.

3. QB Travis Wilson
6-6, 210, Scout.com 27th ranked, three-star quarterback. Wilson has a terrific frame and he gets rid of the ball quickly. A sidearm delivery negates some of his size advantage. He is a good athlete who puts up decent rushing numbers on the high school level, but not much of a running threat on the college level. He shows good touch on the deep ball and is accurate underneath, but his accuracy breaks down on the intermediate passes in which he needs to muscle up on a throw.

4. OT Jeremiah Poutasi
6-6, 330, Scout.com 25th ranked, four-star tackle.

5. OT Zach Lindsay
6-7, 327, Scout.com 41st ranked, three-star tackle.
Pac-12 North Recruits To Care About