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2007 Pac 10 Recruiting - What It All Means
USC LB Jordan Campbell
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 13, 2007


How does the 2007 Pac 10 recruiting class really affect the college football world?

Click on each team for the fill class list and top players
Arizona | Arizona StCalifornia | Oregon | Oregon St | Stanford
UCLA | USC | Washington | Washington St

- 2006 Pac 10 Recruiting Rankings


1. USC
The class is heavy on ... The best of the best high school recruits. Depending on who you believe, Florida might have gotten a better overall class, but USC got the stars with, arguably, the top two running backs (Joe McKnight and Marc Tyler), the No. 1 center (Kristofer Dowd), the No. 1 defensive end (Everson Griffin), the No. 1 linebacker (Chris Galippo), and players like corner Ronald Johnson, safety Marshall Jones, and quarterback Aaron Corp who might end up being the best in America.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Aaron Corp
The player you might care about this year ... RB Joe McKnight
What it all means to the real world of college football ... USC classes have become so good every year they set their own standard. It's gotten to the point where a player recruited by Pete Carroll and his staff get a special badge of honor. Those programs who get players recruited by USC advertise to anyone who'll listen that they got a Trojan-caliber player. Basically, the program gets just about anyone it wants to.

2. Oregon
The class is heavy on ... Linemen. The Ducks loaded up the lines with some tremendous prospects getting in, arguably, the best class of lines the Mike Bellotti has ever had. Three of the offensive linemen, Darrion Weems, Carson York and Charlie Carmichael, could've gone anywhere in America, while defensive tackles Simi Fili, Myles Wade and Tonio Celotto, along with ends Kenny Rowe and Dominic Glover, made a good overall class something special.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Terrance Pritchett
The player you might care about this year ... WR Terence Scott
What it all means to the real world of college football ... After coming up with a 2006 recruiting class that many dismissed as one of the Pac 10's weakest, Oregon went ballistic beating out the other conference heavyweights for plenty of California talent. While the lines got the most attention, the linebacking corps has the stars and the receiving corps, thanks to Drew Davis and Terence Scott, is something special. This could be the recruiting class that eventually takes Oregon from very, very good to a true threat to USC.

3. California
The class is heavy on ... Defense. There isn't a dud in the offensive bunch, but the defense got the most attention loaded with size, speed, and NFL talent. The five linebackers are as good as any haul in America with JUCO transfers Devin Bishop and Alex Cook ready to roll right now, while Robert Mullins, John Tyndall and D.J. Holt will get time to develop. Head coach Jeff Tedford wanted to get bigger in the secondary, so he got a pair of 6-3 safeties in Sean Cattouse and Chris Conte.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB D.J. Holt
The player you might care about this year ... LB Devin Bishop
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Cal is no longer the Little Engine That Could; it's a bear when it comes to getting California players. This isn't a class of overachievers or ready-made JUCO talents, it's a group of tremendous prospects that should keep the program among the Pac 10 elite for a long time to come. No, Cal isn't USC when it comes to picking up players, but it won more than its share of battles, with a major surprise getting safety Chris Conte from UCLA at the last second..

4. Washington
The class is heavy on ... Skill players. Ty Willingham wanted to improve the overall depth and upgrade the skill players with his 27-man class, and he did it and then some with a tremendous array of potential offensive playmakers to put UW back on the map. Speed backs Brandon Johnson and Curtis Shaw headline a good group of five runners, while Anthony Boyles, Devin Aguilar, Alvin Logan, and tight end Chris Izbicki will be the Husky passing game in 2009. It might fly under the radar, but JUCO PK Jared Ballman might be the team's most significant recruit for 2007.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... WR Anthony Boyles
The player you might care about this year ... RB Brandon Johnson
What it all means to the real world of college football ... The knock on Willingham at Notre Dame was that he couldn't recruit, yet Charlie Weis won a lot of games with Ty's old players. This class disproves the myth as Willingham loaded up with several fantastic prospects that could've gone just about anywhere in the Pac 10. Last year's class was about the lines, this year's class was about the skills, and the two classes should converge into something special by 2010.

5. Oregon State
The class is heavy on ... The lines. The skills guys and CB David Ross are the stars of the 29-man show, but this class was all about improving up front as well as providing overall depth. Four JUCO transfers were brought in for the offensive line to beef things up right away, while eight players signed for the defensive line led by top end prospect Kevin Frahm.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... CB David Ross
The player you might care about this year ... OG Jon Ioane
What it all means to the real world of college football ... It'll be fascinating to see how this class turns out, because it's almost exactly what you want if you're Oregon State. With 29 recruits, some will come from out of nowhere to star, others will get plenty of time to develop, and there are just enough JUCO players to fill immediate holes. While there's bulk, the coaching staff got excellent prospects at key positions upgrading the overall talent level at quarterback, running back, offensive tackle and receiver.

6. UCLA
The class is heavy on ... Quality over quantity. The Bruins only picked up ten players, but they're all good ones. All are highly rated by just about everyone with no flier prospects; this is a class with relatively little waste. From tall, fast QB Chris Forcier to speedster RB Raymond Carter to future NFL defensive tackle Brian Price, the team upgraded its talent.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... DT Brian Price
The player you might care about this year ... RB Raymond Carter
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Last year's class was for the foundation on the lines, while this year's group is to find stars. There can't be many misses with a class this small. While a recruit that pans out and lives up to expectations is worth his weight in gold, the UCLA coaching staff thinks it got a bunch of gems. However, as everyone knows, out of any ten recruits, no matter how many stars are next to their names, if you get more than five real, live, productive starters, you're happy.

7. Arizona State
The class is heavy on ... High school defenders. Dirk Koetter desperately tried for a quick fix last year loading up on JUCO talents. While new head man Dennis Erickson is hardly a stranger to getting ready-made starters, and his best defenders in this class, end Luis Vasquez, corner Jarrell Holman and linebacker Morris Wooten, are from the JUCO ranks, this defense will be built from the ground up from the high school ranks. CB Omar Bolden and end James Brooks are the cornerstones for the future.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Chasen Stangel
The player you might care about this year ... DE Luis Vasquez
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Considering he didn't have much time to work, Erickson did a heck of a job. He not only kept most of Koetter's recruits, but he was able to snag QB Samson Szakacsy from USC at the last second as part of a class as good as anything the program has had in several years. From the way this group was built, with several high school prospects and players to work around on the lines, this is a class for the long haul ... sticking around isn't exactly an Erickson forte.

8. Stanford
The class is heavy on ... Instant players from the high school ranks. They might not be ready yet, but after last year's disaster, every spot is open under the eye of the new coaching staff. Jim Harbaugh's stars are the quarterbacks, Kellen Kiilsgaard and L.D. Crow, and each will have to play key roles right away. Kiilsgaard might be moved to safety early on just to get him on the field. It might not be a good thing when the best recruit is a kicker, but David Green should be worth it.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ...LB Johnathon Frink
The player you might care about this year ... PK David Green
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Harbaugh is going to get this offense moving no matter what it takes. Crow, running backs Chike Amajoyi and Jeremy Stewart, receivers Doug Baldwin and Sean Wiser, and tight end Coby Fleener will all get long, long looks this fall to at least provide quality depth. Walt Harris did a good job of recruiting last year, and that class, combined with this one, should make Stanford more competitive.

9. Arizona
The class is heavy on ... The defensive front seven. Arizona went hard after receivers, and got a phenomenal talent in tight end Rob Gronkowski, but the real stars are on the defensive front in tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu, end Apaiata Tuihalamaka and LeVar Brown, and JUCO transfer LB Vuna Tuihalamaka. Expect many of the new players to be folded into the mix early on.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... DT Kaniela Tuipulotu
The player you might care about this year ... TE Rob Gronkowski
What it all means to the real world of college football ... This is probably a far better class than it's being given credit for here. The skill prospects are terrific Gronkowski has mega-star potential, and the defense will only be better from this group. Forget the recruiting ranking, this is a team with the talent to do some really big things, and this might be the class to put it over the top and into a bowl.

10. Washington State
The class is heavy on ... Defense. The offense wasn't ignored in the large class, but this year was about improving a defense that hit the wall once injuries kicked in last year. JUCO transfers Tyson Kirksey at linebacker, Jessee Feagin at end, and Terry Mixon at safety will either start right away or be a close second on the depth chart. In all, seven defensive backs were brought in, four linebackers and four linemen.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Kevin Lopina
The player you might care about this year ... S Terry Mixon
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Washington State is trying to get over the hump right now. The Bill Doba era needs a bowl game after two bizarre, disastrous finishes over the last two seasons, and he and his staff are going for the quick fix by hitting the JUCO ranks hard. The high schoolers aren't that bad, but it's highly doubtful they'll have the same coaching staff by the time they're done in Pullman.