October is wrapping up, and it feels like we are fully into the swing of recruiting season. It has been a busy time for the PAC-12, let’s take a look at how each team has fared over the last month.
Arizona State did not land any commits during the month of October and were relatively quiet all around. The school hosts three-star inside linebacker Jacoby Simpson this weekend. The Sun Devils were also named in the top five for four-star athlete Bryan Addison.
Arizona State is still lagging behind most of the PAC-12, but should add to their class soon. Four-star wide-receiver Solomon Enis visits on Dec. 8, and the Sun Devils are the favorite to land 3-star defensive-end Mar’quess Daniels.
The Wildcats ended with five commitments during October. They landed two 3-star wide receivers, Thomas Marcus and Tre Adams, 3-star offensive tackle Donovan Laie and 2-star running-back Martell Irby rounded out the offensive commits. The defense earned a pledge from safety Haki Woods. With the Wildcats also in the conversation for Bryan Addison, it should be an interesting end to the recruiting cycle.
Cal was quiet for most of the month until Lone Isara, a 3-star defensive-end, committed on October 24. Isara is a junior college transfer who should have an immediate impact for the Golden Bears.
The Buffaloes also had a relatively quiet month, with their only commit coming from 3-star athlete Hasaan Hypolite. Hypolite was an all-around player in high school, playing wide-receiver, safety and returner. He should be able to adapt successfully regardless of where Mike MacIntyre wants to put him.
The Ducks only had one commitment in October, but it was the only quarterback to go to the PAC-12. Tyler Shough flipped from North Carolina on Oct. 8. Oregon also has 3-star athlete Terrence Horne visiting this weekend.
Surprisingly, Oregon State has not had any decommitments since the school and head coach Gary Andersen parted ways in early October. However, the Beavers have not had any new commitments since the split, either. The Beavers earned a commit from wide receiver Cameron Thomas on the first of the month, but there has been no noise coming out of Corvallis since then.
The Cardinal has had a successful month in recruiting. The team landed commitments from two 3-star players in the middle of the month, cornerback Kendall Williamson and fullback Jay Symonds Jr. The real prize for Stanford happened on Oct. 22, when 4-star defensive end Thomas Booker announced he would be taking his talents to Palo Alto.
It was a relatively quiet month for a team who always has a top-three class in the conference, but there were some talented visitors. UCLA received official visits from three players on the defensive side of the ball with Tyler Manoa, Tyreke Johnson and Elijah Wade. The Bruins did end up with one commitment from inside linebacker Kolin Demens, a 3-star recruit.
The Trojans have a top-three recruiting class in the PAC-12 year after year. Despite that fact, USC did not have any commitments or official visits in October. USC does have an official visit on the horizon with Ronnie Perkins, a defensive end out of St. Louis, Mo. USC is still targeting several 5-star recruits, and the Trojans will always be in the run for the best of the best.
The Utes have been trailing the PAC-12 for most of the 2018 recruiting cycle, but made moves to turn that around in October. Utah ended up with three recruits committing. On October 8, both tight end Tevita Fotu and offensive tackle Jaren Kump joined Kyle Whittingham’s team. Just two days later, the Utes landed long-snapper Jac Casasante. Potentially, the biggest move Utah made was having 5-star athlete Devon Williams make an official visit to campus. Landing Williams would immediately jump the Utes above several other teams in conference recruiting rankings.
The Huskies have also stayed among the top of the PAC-12, but did not have the best month in recruiting. There were no commits, and Washington actually had a decommitment from inside linebacker Nicholas Bolton. The highlight of the month was an official visit from 4-star defensive-tackle Tommy Togiai.
Mike Leach and staff had a big month in recruiting. The team ended up with four 3-star commitments in October alone. The Cougars earned pledges from offensive linemen Nick Lewis and Syr Riley Safety D’Angelo Mckenzie and defensive tackle Ahmir Crowder committed on the defensive side of the ball.
*Commitment dates via 247sports.com