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Recruiting 2013 - Pac-12 South Needs
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Posted Feb 2, 2013


What does each Pac-12 South team need, and what are the concerns this offseason?

Recruiting 2013 

Pac 12 South Needs

CFN Top Prospects for 2013
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
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- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
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Arizona | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: All 11 starters are back on defense, but everyone has to be far better after finishing 118th in the nation and last in the Pac-12 in yards allowed. There wasn't any pass rush whatsoever, finishing last in the conference which led to the disastrous year from the secondary. The run defense wasn't a prize, either, allowing 206 yards per game. The offense might be great again under Rich Rodriguez, but six starters are gone including quarterback Matt Scott and receivers Dan Buckner and Terrence Miller.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... The backfield. Rich Rodriguez did a great job putting square pegs into round holes, and now he's getting the guys he wants and needs to run his attack. It starts with Anu Solomon, and athletic playmaker who should fit the offense to a T, but JUCO transfer Jesse Scroggins is going to get a little bit of a look. Running back Pierre Cormier has the quickness to break off huge plays, but Zachary Green could turn out to be just as effective. The receiving corps is getting some pop with T.J. Johnson, Samajie Grant, Nate Phillips and Mauriece Lee all speedsters who can hit the home run. Corner Derek Babiash is a great bet and Prince Holloway is a JUCO transfer who should see time immediately, but the class will revolve around the offense.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 52. That Class Was Heavy On ... Players who can run the spread. Arizona was No. 3 in the nation in passing with Nick Foles under center, and now Rich Rodriguez has to find a Denard Robinson/Pat White type who can run his offense. He’s saying he’ll tailor the offense around the players and not the players to the offense, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going after the players he needs. However, this doesn’t look like it’ll be a big class of running backs with most of the attention paid to the defensive line. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 69. That Class Was Heavy On ... Kickers. It’s a surprisingly sparse class with little star power and no one area of instant improvement … except at kicker. Jamie Salazer and Kyle Dugandzic come in from the JUCO ranks to battle it out for time, even though Alex Zendejas is coming off a decent year hitting 14-of-19 field goals. The best part of the class is running back with KaDeem Carey and Jared Baker two quick backs who can do a little bit of everything right. Dominique Petties and Patrick Onwuasor are two good safeties to keep an eye on.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 44. That Class Was Heavy On ... Linemen. Lots and lots of linemen. The Wildcats got their receivers last year and are solid at the skill positions, but they still got a star target in JUCO transfer Dexter Ransom. The lines needed to be fortified, and this is the class for that with five linemen brought in for the offensive side and five for the defense. Kirifi Taula is the defensive tackle the line will eventually build around, but JUCO transfers Willie Mobley and Mohammed Usman will be needed now for depth. There weren't many stars for the offensive line, but tackles Trent Spurgeon and Matthew Jakubiec have tremendous upside.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 50. That Class Was Heavy On ... pass-catchers. If you’re going to successfully run Sonny Dykes’ offense, you better have depth at the receiver position. The Wildcats took a quantum leap in that direction, signing more than a half-dozen wideouts and tight ends. The hands-down gem of that group is local standout Adam Hall, who had his choice of destinations. Actually, there’s so much talent here, it could free up Hall to move over to safety, where he’s just as dangerous.

Arizona State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Sun Devils had a surprising first season under Todd Graham, and now with 17 starters returning the expectations are sky high. However, considering the defense led the nation in tackles for loss and was second in sacks, the run defense was awful getting pushed around a bit too much while giving up 183 yards per game. The offensive line has to be stronger after allowing almost three sacks per game. The passing attack should be fine, but receivers Rashad Ross and Jamal Miles are done.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defense. The offense is hardly being ignored, especially for the near future, with JUCO transfers Jaelen Strong and Joseph Morris looking to play right away and Ellis Jefferson a playmaker for a few years from now. Chans Cox is the top fullback recruit in the nation, and De'Marieya Nelson is a nice JUCO pickup at tight end. But this class is about the defense, as it was last year, too. JUCO transfers Eriquel Florence and Antonio Longino are fast and athletic linebackers to go along with Villiami Latu, while the secondary is loaded with William Early at corner and safety Jayme Otomewo to go along with JUCOer Damarious Randall. ASU picked up as slew of nice pass rushers with Demetrius Cherry and Marcus Hardison for now and Nick Begg and Garrett Marino for a few years from now.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 49. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defense, and lots of it. The last three classes under Dennis Erickson loaded up with offensive talent and firepower. New head man Todd Graham’s biggest job in a short time is to keep everyone already schedule to come in, but mostly he has to work on improving a defense that came up short time and again. The cornerbacks should be good, the linebackers better, and JUCO transfers Mike Pennel and Jake Sheffield are expected to immediately play a big role at tackle. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 34. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. The defensive tackles should be strong with Mo Latu and David Moala two big, tough inside presences, and safeties Isreal Marshall and Ezekial Bishop two fast prospects for the secondary. The attention will be paid to the quarterback situation. JUCO transfer Kipeli Koniseti will provide depth, but he’s not likely going to be a starter, while Michael Eubank, the star of the class, is a big, tall bomber who knows how to spread the ball around. Mike Bercovici doesn’t have the tools, but he’s a baller.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 34. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. Instant help was desperately needed for an offensive line that hasn't kept a quarterback upright since Dennis Erickson took over, and players are on the way in JUCO transfers Aderious Simmons and Brice Schwab at tackle and Calvin Tonga at guard. Four running backs were signed, led by Deantre Lewis, but the offensive stars were at receiver with JUCO transfers George Bell and Mike Willie looking to see time right away, while Kevin Anderson and Randy Kurst are speedsters for the near future.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 37. That Class Was Heavy On ... Running backs. Four backs are headed to Tempe determined to light a spark under a running game that floundered a year ago. Cameron Marshall, Shane McCullen, and Jamal Miles are three-star Sun Devils and among the top 100 high school runners in the country. While Marshall is a 208-pound thumper, McCullen is an intriguing blend of good size and blazing speed, who could also wind up playing on defense if the need arises.

Colorado | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: What has to improve? Everything. 19 starters are back, but everyone has to be better for a team that finished dead last in almost all major category. The defense was last in the nation in points allowed and pass efficiency D, but the offense was even worse. The Buffs were abysmal in pass protection which directly led to the second-least efficient passing game in college football. The running attack didn't go anywhere and the passing attack never found a spark. Hanging on to the ball would be nice after giving it up 34 times.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. What do you get for the team that needs everything? Infrastructure, coming up with a few nice defensive ends, led by Jimmie Gilbert out of College Station, Texas, and loading up on offensive linemen. There aren't any sure-thing stars, but Colin Sutton and Jonathan Huckins are promising guards, and tackles Sam Kronshage and Gunnar Graham will be groomed for down the road. The offense is also getting a little more help with Devin Ross and a few good receivers, while the defense is getting a killer with George Frazier at middle linebacker.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 33. That Class Was Heavy On ... Lots and lots and lots and LOTS of bodies. This will be a huge class with a little something for all spots, especially for a defensive line that has to be the cornerstone of the program’s resurgence. If all goes according to plan, this might be the Big 12’s best class of defensive tackles, while the ends aren’t too shabby with three-star prospects the norm. The offense doesn’t need pass catchers after loading up in previous classes, but a few solid prospects are expected to sign on. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 66. That Class Was Heavy On ... Linebackers. New head coach Jon Embree is a linebacker guy, and his first class reflects where he wants his program to be with an upgrade in speed and athleticism. Will Harlos, Woodson Greer, and K.T. Tuumalo are smallish, safety-sized linebacker prospects who can fly, but Brady Daigh is a pure middle linebacker. The quarterback situation could be interesting with Stevie Dorman and JUCO transfer Brent Burnette two big passers, while Paulay Asiata should eventually be the type of offensive tackle who becomes an anchor to keep the passers clean.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 66. That Class Was Heavy On ... Tight ends. Dan Hawkins is recruiting someone else's players as he's all but gone without a sensational season. He didn't get any instant impact help, but RB Tony Jones might be inserted as a third down back early on. The next head man (assuming Hawkins really will be gone) will be loaded at tight end with four tall pass catchers signed on. Kyle Slavin is a big wide receiver, while Harold Mobley and Justin Favors will get their chances over the next few years to be focal points of the passing game.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 52. That Class Was Heavy On ... receivers. Head coach Dan Hawkins and his staff brought in a few nice safeties, signed two good quarterbacks, and landed superstar DE Nick Casa, but the spotlight will mostly be on the three receivers who’ll be asked to contribute early on. JUCO transfer Andre Simmons has the size and the potential to be a No. 1 target from the start, while Terdema Ussery and Jarrod Darden both very big, very good targets.

UCLA | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The needle is pointing up for the program, but first, the offensive line has to be far better. It was good for a strong running game, but it was miserable in pass protection. Replacing star running back Johnathan Franklin will be a big priority, and tight end Joseph Fauria is gone, but again, more than anything else the line has to be more effective at protecting Brett Hundley. Penalties were a huge problem with a horrible stretch of four straight games getting flagged 12 or more times and committing double-digit penalties six times on the year.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive lineman. WHOA ... Jim Mora came up with a phenomenal haul that's every bit as good as anything USC has been able to put together over the last several years. Wide receiver Eldridge Massington is a future No. 1 target and corners Priest Willis and Johnny Johnson are terrific. Throw in safeties Tahaan Goodman and Tyler Foreman along with tackle Kenneth Clark and linebacker Myles Jack and the defense has its share of future stars. However, the key is the offense with more than enough prospects to play around with. Tackle Poasi Moala is the best of the lot, but guards Caleb Benenoch and Alex Redmond have the bodies to be rocks for the interior.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 10. That Class Was Heavy On ... Jim Mora is doing a good job keeping many of Rick Neuheisel’s recruits coming in. The Bruins loaded up two years ago and had a smallish class last season, and now it’s about bringing in as many good prospects as possible across the board. The defense has been improved over the last several seasons, and now it’s time to work harder on the offense with QB Devin Fuller a major coup, even through Brett Hundley was the star of last year’s class. The defense is getting plenty of bodies for the secondary with a tremendous group of corners coming in. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 25. That Class Was Heavy On ... Brett Hundley. The 2010 class was the big one in the Rick Neuheisel area, so this one was about getting a few decent players here and there. There aren’t any stars, especially compared to last year, except for Hundley, a 6-4, versatile passer who can run as well as wing it around the yard. For a program desperate to get something going offensively, Hundley will be seen as a savior. For the Neuheisel era, he had better be. The hope will be for Devin Lucien to quickly develop into a consistent target, while the defense will look to tackles Kvin McReynolds and Brandon Tuliaupupu to soon become anchors inside.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 7. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defense. Last year's class was terrific, but this one is even better. RB Malcolm Jones is the centerpiece of the offensive class and Paul Richardson is a good-looking receiver, but the focus was defense, defense, defense. Getting safety Dietrich Riley away from USC was a major coup, but that was nothing compared to getting top end prospect Owamagbe Odighizuwa to put on the Bruin hat instead of USC or Nebraska. Cassius Marsh doesn't make up for the loss of Brian Price at defensive tackle right away, but it eventually will. Locking down the secondary will be Anthony Jefferson, Tevin McDonald, and Shaquille Richardson, three talented corner prospects.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 6. That Class Was Heavy On ... cornerbacks. In a Pac-10 that’s usually flush with quality passers, the Bruins wisely answered with a quartet of really good cornerbacks. All four earned no less than three stars and were ranked in the top 50 at the position. The best of the bunch is Marlon Pollard, who fielded a slew of offers, and has an enormous upside to match his leaping ability.

USC | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Can the Trojans get their mojo back? Even with Marqise Lee taking the opening kickoff against Hawaii for a touchdown, the team never played up to its potential or talent level. This year, the punt return game could stand to be better after averaging just six yards per pop, and Max Wittek has to prove he can be a real, live starting quarterback, but more than anything else, the Trojans have to stop screwing up after turning the ball over 34 times. Actually, more than anything else, the team needs the fire again to match the faux swagger.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Really, really good players - but not a lot of bulk. The Trojans don't have a ton of offers to make, but the ones Lane Kiffin are getting are as good as any prospects in the country. It all starts with Max Browne, the No. 1 quarterback prospect bringing in size and NFL skills. Running backs Justin Davis and Ty Isaac are special, and receiver Steven Mitchell has the tools to be a special target. If Khaliel Rodgers out of Maryland isn't the best center prospect, he's in the top three, while defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow, safety Su'a Cravens and corner Chris Hawkins are all special.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 16. That Class Was Heavy On ... The bull’s-eye. USC will be in everyone’s preseason top five, and maybe even No. 1 overall, but there’s part of the equation that recruiting experts are quick to point out: the effects of the sanctions are about to kick in. The program might have gotten through the storm, but the scholarship reduction part of the penalty is going to hurt even with a ton of players redshirted and waiting in the wings. Lane Kiffin can sign just 15 players in each of the next three seasons meaning there’s no margin for error whatsoever. Anyone being signed now has to be a starter at some point in the next few years, or else. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 6. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. Considering the limitations the Trojan coaching staff has to deal with, this was a phenomenal class with a little something for every spot. While it would’ve been a jaw-dropping haul had top corner DeAnthony Thomas not done an about face and picked Oregon at the last second, it’s still impressive thanks mostly to the defensive front. End Greg Townsend leads a fast, aggressive group of ends, while tackle Christian Heyward was a strong get out of San Diego. Offensively, the spotlight will be on the battle for the future starting quarterback spot between Max Wittek and Cody Kessler, while Amir Carlisle has all the makings of the next great Trojan running back.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 6. That Class Was Heavy On ... A Pete Carroll-like class. Lane Kiffin might not have gotten every player he wanted, but he sure came up with his share of star players to stop the bleeding. Dillon Baxter and D.J. Morgan are the type of do-it-all backs who can be like other star Trojan runners and play right away. Robert Woods might be the nation's No. 1 receiver recruit, and if he's not, Kyle Prater probably is. Xavier Gimble is one of the nation's top tight ends and Giovanni Di Poalo is one of the best centers, but the real prize is Seantrel Henderson ... maybe. One of the nation's top three all-around recruits, the sure-thing offensive tackle is waiting to make sure the NCAA isn't going to crush the Trojan program before officially signing on. JUCO transfers George Uko and linebacker Glen Stanley are ready to step in and start tomorrow, while the four defensive backs signed are strong enough to grow into starters down the road. In other words, don't assume USC is dead quite yet.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 5. That Class Was Heavy On ... defense. Ever wonder why the Trojans always have one of the toughest defenses in the country? This class will give you a hint. USC continued its annual tradition of loading up on some of the nation’s premier defenders, landing a top 10 player at each level on the field. S T.J. McDonald and DE Devon Kennard look as if they could move into the lineup from Day 1 if there wasn’t so much talent already ahead of them.

Utah | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The offense has to start to work. The Utes finished last in the Pac-12 in passing after having quarterback problems and with true freshman Travis Wilson being thrown to the wolves, and while running back John White did his best, he couldn't carry the entire offense by himself. The special teams as a whole weren't a problem, but the punt return game was the worst in the league averaging a mere 4.84 yards per try. Three starters are gone off the offensive line that has to be stronger, and there's no replacing Star Lotulelei in the middle of a defensive front that has to fill in three starters.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. This is a massive class with a little something for everywhere. The defensive line is getting a boatload of prospects led by Lowell Lotulelei, who isn't going to be his older brother, Star, but is still a terrific prospect. End Myron Aiava and tackle Sam Tevi are just a few of the other good options to be brought along over the next few seasons. JUCO transfer Andre Lewis and tight end Greg Reese were signed to potentially beef up the passing game right away, while the secondary has its share of talents including JUCO transfers Tevin Carter and Davion Orphey to help out with the depth.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 36. That Class Was Heavy On ... The offensive line is the target, even though only one player is gone off the 2011 two-deep depth chart. The Utes are building up for three years from now, and this is the class to do it. However, a few JUCO transfers like Junior Salt and Marc Pouvave are massive-bodied blockers who’ll push for time in the rotation right away. The offense isn’t exactly ignored, but there isn’t a big need for prospects with the 2011 class so strong on receivers.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 39. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. The move to the Pac 12 was a big, BIG boost for a strong class. The running backs are the stars of the class with Harvey Langi a 215-pound workhorse of a prospect and JUCO transfer John White a sub-4.4 speedster to bring some flash to the equation. The bulk, through, is at receiver where the hope is for 6-6 JUCO transfer Anthony Denham to become Jordan Wynn’s go-to receiver as soon as possible. Quinton Pedroza, Travis Still, and Nate Fakahafua are big, physical targets.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 58. That Class Was Heavy On ... The defensive back seven. The Utes got plenty of help for the passing game over the last two recruiting classes, and the shelves should remain stocked for the next five years with the addition of solid receiver prospects Drew Anderson and Kenneth Scott. JUCO transfer John Cullen should be in the rotation at offensive tackle right away, and fellow JUCOer Star Lotulelei will make a difference on the defensive front, but the bulk of the class is in the defensive back seven with DBs Damian Payne, Lucky Radley, and Terrell Reese all fast and all good enough to have gone somewhere else. Brian Blechen leads a strong linebacking haul.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 54. That Class Was Heavy On ... The passing game. The Utes loaded up on receivers big-time last year, but apparently that wasn’t enough with even more targets coming in this year, including JUCO transfers Antoine Smithson and Ray Magee, to help an offense that loses all the starting receivers. Jamal Smith should be the best of the bunch, but he might not emerge for a few years. Meanwhile, JUCO transfer Terrance Cain will make a push for Brian Johnson’s open quarterback spot.

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