Pac-12 football all-recruit team, August 2013 edition: USC and Washington lead


The Pac-12 is hitting its recruiting stride.

The Pac-12 is a very interesting conference to follow for recruiting. Ten of the 12 schools are located in California, Arizona, Washington or Oregon. And compared to some regions, the talent west of the Rockies just isn't all that good. Put those two together, and some excellent battles result.

Here, every school pulls in good talent. But not all pull in elites. One way to demonstrate this is with an all-conference recruiting team.

The format is simple. Using the 247 Sports Composite of the four major recruiting rankings (Scout, Rivals, ESPN and 247), here are the top quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, tight end, five offensive linemen, five defensive linemen, four linebackers, and five defensive backs currently committed to Pac-12 schools. As of now, JUCO recruits are not included. We plan to update this team once a month or so through Signing Day in February.

Note: Every effort was made to slot players at the positions they'll be playing in college. Analysis follows the table.

Newcomers: RB Royce Freeman (Oregon), WR Tyler Whitley (Arizona State), WR Austin Roberts (UCLA), OL Jackson Barton (Utah), DL Allen Havili (Utah), LB Joey Alfieri (Stanford), LB Kirk Tucker (Stanford), LB Christian Sam (Arizona State)

Player From Stars Committed to


Quite a few teams have good quarterbacks. Players like Cal's Luke Rubenzer, Oregon's Morgan Mahalak, and Arizona State's Manny Wilkins were left off the list.
Keller Chryst Palo Alto 5 Stanford
The 6'5, 225-pound Chryst is an efficient passer with a big arm and comes from a football family.


The Pac-12 has decent backs, but doesn't have a five-star committed at present.
Royce Freeman Imperial (Calif.) 4 Oregon
Freeman will bring the big back to Oregon's offensive attack.
Christian McCaffrey Littleton (Colo.) Valor Christian 4 Stanford
McCaffrey has a solid build at 6' and 195 pounds.

Wide Receiver

The Pac-12 has a reputation as a throwing league, and plenty of receiver talent is on its way.
Tyler Whitley Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Chaparral 4 Arizona State
Whitley can take the short pass and turn it into the long score.
Erik Brown Fontana (Calif.) Summit 4 Washington
Brown committed to Washington at The Opening 2013.
Austin Roberts Carmel (In.) 4 UCLA
Roberts is an excellent receiving threat. At 6'2 and 211 pounds, he will be an asset on third down.

Tight End

Chase Blakley Coeur D'Alene (Idaho) 3 Washington
With so many top tight end recruits still uncommitted out West, Blakley has the top spot. That likely won't last long.

Offensive Line

The five highest-rated offensive linemen, regardless of position (tackle, guard or center).
Toa Lobendahn Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia 4 USC
Lobendahn is one of the best guards on the West Coast.
Jackson Barton Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton 4 Utah
Barton has a lot of athleticism but must add size.
Jordan Poland La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day 4 USC
Poland is a massive offensive tackle at 6'7 and 333 pounds.
Tyrell Crosby Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley 3 Oregon
Crosby is an athletic tackle prospect who should fit well in Oregon's zone scheme.
Kenyon Frison Salt Lake City (Utah) Granger 3 Utah
Frison is one of the best prospects in Utah.

Defensive Line

These are the four highest-rated defensive linemen, be they ends or tackles.
Tashon Smallwood Fresno (Calif.) Central East 4 USC
Smallwood is an undersized defensive tackle checking in at 6'1 and 280 pounds.
Austin Maloata Corona (Calif.) Centennial 3 USC
Maloata is a solid run stopper on the edge.
Don Hill Boise (Idaho) Timberline 3 Washington
Hill is an athletic speed rusher.
Allen Havili Tooele (Utah) 3 Utah
Havili is a strong, run-stopping tackle.


I was surprised to see just a single linebacker rated four stars or better.
Derik "D.J." Calhoun El Cerrito (Calif.) 4 USC
Calhoun is an excellent and versatile linebacker recruit.
Joey Alfieri Portland (OR) Jesuit 3 Stanford
Alfieri is a tremendous athlete.
Christian Sam Allen (Texas) 3 Arizona St.
The 6'1, 202-pound Sam is a solid cover linebacker can be used to cover.
Kirk Tucker Tucker (Ga.) 3 Stanford
Tucker is an active, undersized linebacker.

Defensive Back

With teams playing more and more nickel and dime defense, it was appropriate to include five defensive backs.
Arrion Springs San Antonio (Texas) Roosevelt 4 Oregon
The Ducks beat out Miami and Texas for the 5'11, 192-pound speedster.
Cameron Denson Tuscon (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic 4 Arizona
Denson is a big corner at 6'1.
Brandon Simmons Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Timberview 4 Stanford
Simmons is an excellent safety prospect who can cover like a corner.
Jaleel Wadood Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 4 Cal
Wadood committed to Cal at The Opening 2013.
Jonathan Lockett Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 4 Washington
Lockett keeps Washington's California connection alive.

The 25-member team breaks down by school as follows:

The league distribution is pretty balanced, as opposed to the ACC, where three teams have 80 percent of the team members, or the Big Ten, where Ohio State and Michigan combine for 60 percent.

Is this balance a good thing? How do you think this list will change? Will the top six schools on the list further separate from the bottom half? Or will Colorado, Washington State or Oregon State get back on the board? Let me know in the comments section.

It's interesting to see that UCLA, which recruited very well last year, and so far has been in on many top prospects, only has a single player on the list.

One other thing I notice: the lack of elite linemen. The entire conference has four linemen rated four-stars or better. Conferences sitting in other regions where elite linemen are plentiful have multiple teams with three or more linemen rated four-stars or better.

But it's important to keep in mind that 12 of the best 20 recruits in California remain uncommitted. The talent is coming.

How do you think this list will change? Let me know in the comments section.

I'll update the results next month, so be sure to check SB Nation's recruiting hub regularly.

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