Roundup: Strong class for Sark at USC
Another fun and wild National Signing Day is in the books, and there’s no question that the Trojans have a strong first class under Steve Sarkisian. The Trojans jumped all the way up to 10th in both the Scout and Rivals rankings for the highest-rated class in the Pac-12, in large part because Adoree’ Jackson chose USC over a shoe and Gatorade bottle (actually, UCLA, Florida and LSU). Here’s an interesting read on Jackson’s backstory from Mitch Sherman of ESPN.
UCLA pulled in a top-20 class according to Rivals and Scout, and the school made things easy on prized targets because UCLA recruits could sign their NLIs on their phones.
With the Travis Wilson situation still undecided for the Utes, Kyle Whittingham landed a promising quarterback in Donovan Isom in his latest recruiting class. Good story here from the New Orleans Times-Picayune (he’s from Louisiana) on how Isom is ready to bring efficiency and his work ethic to Utah.
All the faxes now in, Mike Leach said it’s the best class he’s had at Washington State. He also learned why Mike Yam is single. (I can’t comment on Wolf of Wall Street yet, but hopefully I get around to seeing it.)
You won’t see Oregon State haul in highly touted recruiting classes and 2014 was no exception. Mike Riley once again focused on roles and not rankings this year, filling a ton of needs for his program.
Rob Moseley gives us great insight into how National Singing Day played out behind the scenes at Oregon. Solid class for Helfrich and no surprises made for a more relaxed atmosphere than one would expect.
Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports takes a look inside RichRod’s recruiting machine at Arizona on Signing Day. Top-30 class for the Wildcats, and a very fun read here. On the hardwood, the Wildcats think they can still be great without Brandon Ashley. Big one at home against Oregon tonight – 6 p.m. PT on ESPN.
‘Twere a couple of games Wednesday night on the men’s hardwood, and Stanford cruised past Cal 80-69. Huge road win for Stanford to boost its NCAA tournament chances, and happy belated 21st birthday to Chasson Randle. On the recruiting landscape, Solomon Thomas was a huge recruiting coup for Stanford football (he pulled out a tree to announce his signing with Stanford, too).
The Golden Bears might have lost the game, but a Cal student did a Rubik’s cube on camera during the Cal-Stanford game behind Dave Pasch and Bill Walton. Impressive – I’ve never gotten more than two sides of a Rubik’s cube. Also, Andrew Murawa of Rush the Court takes a humorous and detailed look into several of Bill Walton’s comments made during the Stanford-Cal game last night.
Colorado beat Washington State 68-63 to reach 6-4 in Pac-12 play, and it was a game in which the Buffs made a switch at point guard, as Xavier Talton replaced Jaron Hopkins in the starting lineup. Real story of the game for CU was Askia Booker, who dropped in 26.
Washington will make a visit to Utah tonight for a 6 p.m. PT tilt on the Pac-12 Networks, and Pleasant Grove, Utah, native C.J. Wilcox is facing the Utes for the last time in Salt Lake City.
Arizona State hosts the Beavs tonight at 8 p.m. PT on FOX Sports 1, and Jordan Bachynski is building a defense out of blocks. The Sun Devil big man is seven swats shy of breaking the Pac-12 record and leads the nation with 4.1 blocks per game.