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Recruiting 2013 - Pac-12 South Rankings

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Posted Feb 7, 2013


Ranking and analyzing the 2013 Pac-12 South Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2013 

Pac-12 South Rankings

Recruiting 2013 
 
CFN 2013 Conference Recruiting Rankings 
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LAST YEAR CFN 2012 Recruiting Rankings & All-Star Teams
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- Pac-12 North | Pac-12 South | SEC East | SEC West | Sun Belt | WAC 
 
NUMBERS NEXT TO TEAMS ARE OVERALL CONFERENCE RANKINGS
 
1. 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. Quarterback Asiantii Woulard was a good late get out of Florida, while middle linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea out of Hawaii along with linebacker Cameron Judge and offensive tackle Christian Morris made this an special offseason signaling a possible shift in power.

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. 

3. 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. It was a rough morning on Signing Day, but getting linebacker Quinton Powell and offensive tackle Nico Falah made everything all better.

5. 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.

6. 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.

10. 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.

12. 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.