ASU, Arizona each ink 20 football players
By the time the traditional signing day roll around on Wednesday, Arizona State added three new recruits to a class that already created some buzz around a program that was in a much different place a year ago.
The class totaled up to the 26th-best in the nation according to ESPN recruiting rankings, the fifth-best in the Pac-12 conference. It’s a ranking that seems to validate the signing of head coach Herm Edwards a year ago, a move that some panned because of the former ESPN analyst’s time away from coaching.
The group includes seven four-star recruits, including the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, the No. 3 pocket-passing quarterback and the son of an NFL all-pro.
Arizona didn’t add any new recruits to its class, listed as the 57th best in the nation and ninth-best in th conference. The first recruiting class for head coach Kevin Sumlin includes two four-star athletes and a host of athletes from Texas, the former stomping grounds for Sumlin.
Oregon padded its stellar recruiting class, the best in school history, adding three more prospects, including a four-star defensive tackle.
The major ranking services all had Oregon’s class in the top 10 nationally, which also put the Ducks atop the Pac-12 Conference.
Washington capped its recruiting class by landing two of the top defensive players on the West Coast. The Huskies signed safety Asa Turner out of Carlsbad, California, and linebacker Daniel Heimuli from East Palo Alto, California.
Landing Turner capped a lengthy recruiting battle. Turner was expected to commit in December, but decided not to sign then as he considered an offer to play linebacker for Notre Dame. Washington viewed Turner as a defensive back and that ultimately was a deciding factor.
Southern California added elite receiver Kyle Ford to its recruiting class. Ford, an Orange County product, had his senior season of high school cut short by a knee injury.
The abrupt departure of new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury after 34 days shook up the Trojans’ recruiting class and led to the departure of receiver commit Bru McCoy, who spurned USC for Texas.
UCLA didn’t blow away the recruiting services in its first season with Chip Kelly, but was able to pull four-star wide receiver Charles Njoku away from Miami, where his two older brothers played, including Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku.