Recruiting 2013 - Pac-12 North Rankings

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Posted Feb 7, 2013


Ranking and analyzing the 2013 Pac-12 North Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2013 

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LAST YEAR CFN 2012 Recruiting Rankings & All-Star Teams
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NUMBERS NEXT TO TEAMS ARE OVERALL CONFERENCE RANKINGS

2. Washington | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: It was supposed to be a rough season with a tough schedule, and the Huskies managed to rally through it to finish with a winning record. However, the offense didn't work like it was supposed to with a mediocre running game and an underwhelming season from Keith Price. With ten starters returning to the attack, it needs to be more explosive. The defense that finished last in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss and struggled with the pass rush. The punting game was the worst in the conference with Travis Coons averaging under 40 yards per kick and the team netting just 34.8 yards per punt.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Skill players. A year after loading up on quarterbacks, and two years after bringing in some nice receivers, Steve Sarkisian has come up with a whopper of a class for the passing game. Troy Williams had his pick of places to go, but he'll be groomed to be in the fight for the stating job in a few years. Demorea Stringfellow is a fantastic receiver catch, while John Ross and Darrell Daniels aren't far behind. The defensive line got just as much talent with Joe Mathis for the end and Elijah Qualls at tackle. Jermaine Kelly will eventually become a lockdown starting corner, but getting Patrick Enewally on Signing Day was better. Getting linebacker Keishawn Bierria put a cap on a great offseason.

4. Oregon | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Mark Helfrich doesn't have a whole bunch of work to do. The offensive line loses two starters and the defense has to replace end Dion Jordan and tackle Isaac Remington. The kicking game could stand to be better with Rob Beard gone after hitting just 4-of-8 field goals. Alejandro Maldonado will get the first look after making 3-of-6 tries. Considering the explosiveness of De'Anthony Thomas, the kickoff return game has to be better after averaging under 20 yards per try. It's nitpicking a bit, but the pass rush could stand to be more effective.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Running back. The coaching change isn't having much of an effect on the recruiting class with several top prospects jumping back on board now that everything has been settled. Defensive end Torrodney Prevot was a great Wednesday signing, and getting receiver Tyree Robinson, guard Cameron Hunt and linebacker Tyrell Robinson allowed everyone to breathe a sigh of relief. Offensive tackle Evan Voeller will be a starter and tight end John Mundt will turn into a player, but the stars on the offense will be at running back with Thomas Tyner leading the way. The big 6-1, 215-pounder isn't necessarily the perfect fit for the up-tempo Duck attack, but he's the No. 2 running back prospect - Mark Helfrich will make it work. The defense welcomes in some terrific linebacker prospects with JUCO transfer Joe Walker ready to step in and start right away.

7. California | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Bears have plenty of work to do under new head coach Sonny Dykes, and it's not a plus that the guy who led Louisiana Tech's nation-worst defense inherits a group that has to be far more physical and far stronger in the secondary against the big play. The secondary had an awful year, and now it has to replace two starters. The offense has to convert yards into points - that's what Dykes should be able to help with - but holding on the ball is a must after giving it away 30 times. It will all start with a porous offensive line that couldn't pass protect.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. So Sonny Dykes can't put together good defenses, huh? That remains to be seen, but he's getting his share of good prospect bringing in linebackers Chad Whitener, Ray Davison, Johnny Ragin and Edward Tandy along with corners Cameron Walker, Darius Allensworth and Travellous Cheek. The defensive line got a huge boost with JUCO transfer Sione Sina for the end along with prep prospect Takkarist McKinley and Garrett Hughes. However, it's Dykes, so offensive players are going to want to play for him. He needs the line to be in place to make it all go with J.D. Hinnant and Erik Bunte leading the way at tackle.

8. Oregon State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: After a surprising year, Mike Riley has to do a little tweaking in what should be a strange and interesting season for the Pac-12 North. The Beavers need to be better up front after struggling in pass protection and not doing enough for a ground game that averaged just 124 yards per game. The defensive front could stand to be a wee bit stronger now that tackles Castro Masaniai and Andrew Seumalo are gone, but the run D should be fine. The kickoff return game was the worst in the Pac-12 averaging 18.34 yards per try.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. The Beavers are coming up with their share of good receivers in a strength-in-numbers class, and quarterback Kyle Kempt out of Ohio was a good get, but the key to the class is the haul for the defensive front. Mike Riley is getting four JUCO defensive tackles who all go around 300 pounds and can all step in and be a part of the equation right away. Edwin Delva, Kyle Peko, Lyndon Tulimasealii and Siale Hautau are all instant players.

9. Washington State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: There has to be some semblance of a running game. Of course, the Cougars are all about the passing game under Mike Leach, but there wasn't any ground game whatsoever averaging under 30 yards per game. Part of the problem was the offensive line that was so miserable in pass protection, finishing last in the nation in sacks allowed giving up 57 sacks on the year. The O has to be tighter with the ball after giving it away 30 times, while the defense has to come up with more big plays after coming up with a mere six recovered fumbles.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. Mike Leach is getting his share of offensive options with quarterback Tyler Bruggman out of Phoenix fitting the role of the right triggerman, while receivers River Cracraft and Vince Mayle are going to be factors. After a disastrous season for the defense, Leach went hard after defensive linemen hoping JUCO transfer Lyman Faoliu a possible answer at one end and prepsters Gerald Sterling and Daniel Etuale for the interior. JUCO linebacker Ivan McLennan will have a shot at a starting linebacker job this year, while Daquawn Brown is a future No. 1 corner.

11. Stanford | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: For all the great results and for all the production, there were several soft areas on the 2012 Cardinal that need improving. Kevin Hogan might be a great-looking young quarterback, but the passing game has to be more efficient and more effective despite losing several of the main targets including tight end Zach Ertz. The running game needs some of the young stars to rise up like last year's star recruit, Barry Sanders Jr., but losing Stepfan Taylor will still sting. The secondary needs to be a bit tighter despite the loss of corner Terrence Brown, and it would be nice to cut down a bit on penalties after getting tagged 85 times.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Linebacker. It's not a superior class compared to recent hauls, but the Cardinal came up with some nice gets led by receiver Francis Owusu and guard Dave Bright for the offense. However, with the recent run of great tight ends, the program hasn't had a problem getting its share of good prospects, bringing in Greg Taboada, Austin Hooper and Eric Cotton. The best overall recruits are on defense with Peter Kalambayi out of North Carolina and Kevin Palma two tough guys for the interior, and Sean Barton a nice option for the outside.