Several Pac-10 schools are still in the running for some of the top high school football prospects on the West Coast. Could USC be in for even more competition down the road?
Over the past five seasons, the Trojans have recruited better than any program in the nation. That trend is holding firm this year. USC has the nation's No. 8 class despite having commitments from just 14 prospects.
Several other Pac-10 programs still have a lot of work to do in this recruiting class. Cal and Oregon have just 11 commitments so far, while only nine prospects have committed to Stanford and Oregon State. That means there's some West Coast talent that is uncommitted. In fact, California has several elite prospects still on the table.
The state's top player, running back
On the other hand, several of California's top linemen are considering Pac-10 schools. Four-star guard
Fresno Edison cornerback
The bottom half of California's top-100 list contains plenty of uncommitted prospects who undoubtedly will help fill out the now-sparse classes of most Pac-10 schools.
In addition, most of the top prospects in Washington have not made their decisions. Tight end
Don't be surprised if guard
Arizona State coach
Similarly, all-purpose back
What about USC? The Trojans should finish strong, as usual. They're in the running for several of the top uncommitted prospects in the nation. USC is a serious option for linebackers
Several of UCLA's recruits have kept their commitments soft to date, including running backs
Dye took an official visit to Oregon in October and also is considering Oregon State. Hester still has interest from several other Pac-10 schools. It will be interesting to see if the Bruins are able to hold onto them, and that may be contingent on the future of UCLA's coaching staff. Saturday's big win over certainly Oregon didn't hurt.
Keep an eye on the committed recruits at Nebraska, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, as well as other programs that will have a coaching change. This is the time of year when numerous prospects who committed to a school mainly because of the coaching staff start looking around again.