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February 15, 2011

Ranking the Pac-12 by position

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Rivals.com analyst Adam Gorney ranks the Pac-12's 2011 recruiting classes by position.

Quarterback

USC loaded up with two outstanding four-star prospects in Cody Kessler and Max Wittek, and both are capable of playing early for the Trojans. Four-star Brett Hundley should have a chance to play early - maybe this season - at UCLA. Arizona State got two quality prospects in four-star Michael Eubank and three-star Michael Bercovici. Washington flipped Derrick Brown from Utah and then landed Antavius Sims, a junior college player, late in the process.

1. USC
2. UCLA
3. Arizona State
T4. Stanford
T4. Washington
T6. California
T6. Oregon
8. Colorado
9. Arizona
10. Washington State
11. Oregon State
12. Utah

Running Back

The Golden Bears had a tremendous haul at running back with Brendon Bigelow, Daniel Lasco, Darren Ervin and junior college recruit C.J. Anderson, who might be the most ready to play early. Keeping Harvey Langi in-state was crucial for Utah, which also got juco back John White and Jarrell Oliver. Even though Stanford lost Amir Carlisle to USC, the Cardinal kept Kelsey Young and Remound Wright, two four-star recruits. Oregon and UCLA signed only one running back apiece.

1. Cal
2. Utah
3. Stanford
T4. Arizona
T4. USC
6. Washington
7. Oregon State
8. Washington State
9. Colorado
10. Oregon
11. UCLA
12. Arizona State

Wide Receiver

Five-star George Farmer leads an outstanding receiver group for USC, which also includes four-star standouts Victor Blackwell and Junior Pomee, a former UCLA pledge. Oregon landed two four-star wide receivers in Devon Blackmon and junior college recruit Rahsaan Vaughn. Brandin Cooks, a four-star recruit, leads the way for a productive group at Oregon State. Five schools - UCLA, Arizona, Colorado, Cal and Arizona State - signed only one wide receiver each.

1. USC
2. Oregon
3. Washington
4. Oregon State
5. Utah
6. Stanford
7. UCLA
8. Washington State
T9. Arizona
T9. Cal
T9. Colorado
12. Arizona State

Tight end

Only one four-star tight end signed with a Pac-12 school and that was Gig Harbor (Wash.) standout Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who picked the hometown Huskies. Seferian-Jenkins is good enough to play as a freshman. Max Hersey and Mansel Simmons were two really nice pickups for Washington State. Arizona also landed two in Michael Cooper and Drew Robinson.

1. Washington
T2. Arizona
T2. Washington State
4. UCLA
5. Cal
6. Oregon State
T7. Arizona State
T7. Colorado
T7. Oregon
T7. Stanford
T7. USC
T7. Utah

Offensive line

The Trojans took six offensive linemen in the class, led by offensive guards Cyrus Hobbi and Aundrey Walker. Junior college recruits David Garness and Jeremy Galten, along with local standout Marcus Martin and long snapper Peter McBride, round out the class. Oregon dipped into the state of Arizona and plucked four-star recruits Tyler Johnstone and Andre Yruretagoyena. Four-star Mo Latu was the prize in Arizona State's class.

1. USC
2. Oregon
3. Arizona State
4. Cal
5. Utah
6. Washington State
7. Stanford
8. UCLA
T9. Colorado
T9. Oregon State
11. Arizona
12. Washington

Defensive tackle

Landing four-star Christian Heyward was big for USC because he continues to get better each time he's seen. Antwaun Woods and Cody Temple could contribute as well. Cal did an outstanding job getting two massive bodies in Viliami Moala and Mustafa Jalil. UCLA won out with four-star Kevin McReynolds from Washington, D.C., and Brandon Tuliaupupu flipped late from Washington State.

1. USC
2. Cal
3. UCLA
4. Oregon
5. Washington
6. Stanford
7. Washington State
T8. Oregon State
T8. Utah
10. Arizona State
T11. Arizona
T11. Colorado

Defensive end

Greg Townsend Jr. leads the way for USC, which also landed DeVante Wilson and Charles Burks, two versatile players who thrive on athleticism. Cal did an outstanding job on the defensive line, especially at end with Todd Barr, Jason Gibson and Brennan Scarlett - all four-star recruits. Oregon State absolutely loaded up by signing eight defensive ends led by Dylan Wynn, who was close to four-star status and plays with such fire.

1. USC
2. Cal
3. Oregon State
4. Stanford
5. Arizona
6. Washington
T7. Colorado
T7. Oregon
9. Washington State
10. Utah
T11. Arizona State
T11. UCLA

Linebacker

Three four-star prospects - Tre Madden, Lamar Dawson and Anthony Sarao - put the Trojans on top of this category as well. USC loaded up everywhere and linebacker was no exception. Oregon had an impressive haul with five linebackers, led by Dallas (Texas) Skyline four-star Anthony Wallace. Washington also did a nice job, especially by getting Corey Waller and Matthew Lyons out of Southern California.

1. USC
2. Oregon
3. Washington
4. Stanford
5. Colorado
6. Cal
7. UCLA
8. Arizona
9. Washington State
10. Utah
T11. Arizona State
T11. Oregon State

Defensive Back

Four-star safety James Sample leads an impressive group of defensive backs for Washington, which also landed three-star prospects Travis Feeney, Marcus Peters and Evan Zeger. Cal was right there, though, with two four-stars in cornerback Stefan McClure and safety Avery Walls, who both played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Utah's class was led by four-star junior college recruit Keith McGill.

1. Washington
2. Cal
3. Utah
4. Stanford
5. USC
6. Oregon
7. Colorado
8. Arizona
9. Arizona State
10. Washington State
T11. Oregon State
T11. UCLA

Athlete

There's no question Oregon owned this position group by landing five-star Colt Lyerla, who projects as a linebacker, and flipping five-star running back/cornerback De'Anthony Thomas from USC in one of the biggest signing day stories in recent memory. Four-star Christian French is a nice addition as well. USC was the only other program to land a four-star athlete in Marqise Lee, who could play wide receiver or safety. Washington State added three athletes in its class.

1. Oregon
2. USC
3. Washington State
T4. Arizona
T4. Cal
6. Oregon State
T7. Arizona State
T7. Stanford
T7. Utah
10. Colorado
T11. UCLA
T11. Washington



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