2018 Football Early Signing Period

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2018 Football Early Signing Period: Oregon takes recruiting crown, Washington beefs up Hawaii connection and other tidbits

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With the second annual Early Signing Period officially in the books, let's take a look back at some of the top storylines and biggest takeaways from the new wave of student-athletes signed by Pac-12 schools.

Oregon

— Oregon Ducks take recruiting crown

Buoyed by five-star standout Kayvon Thibodeaux, the Ducks have officially jumped to the top of the heap in the proverbial Pac-12 recruiting race. But beyond Thibodeaux — a defensive end from Westlake Village, California, and the nation's No. 1 recruit for 2019 by 247Sports — the Ducks inked 21 other athletes. 247Sports gave Mario Cristobal's 22-member class a No. 6 national ranking — though that could change slightly as things shake out during National Signing Day in February. For now, though, the future in Eugene is bright as the Ducks halted USC's reign atop the Pac-12. Oregon finished second to the Trojans for the 2018 cycle.

If the Ducks hold at No. 6, it will mark the program's best class since 2011 when De'Anthony Thomas joined the Ducks in Eugene. During a Cristobal's press conference on Wednesday, the coach said this year "raised the bar" for the program. Cristobal added: "It validates that Oregon is an unbelievable place, an awesome place, and for us the premier place in the country."

Washington

— Washington's Hawaii pipeline

Chris Petersen had quite the humor Wednesday during our Early Signing Day Special when talking about his program's recruiting impact in Hawaii.

"I don't know if you know your geography, but Hawaii at one point was part of Seattle," Petersen joked. "When the earthquake hit, it just tore away from us. We just count it as part of us."

All in all, Petersen & Co. signed five of 20 future Dawgs from Hawaii: ILB Miki Ah You, OL Julius Buelow, PK Tim Horn, DL Sama Paama and DL Faatui Tuitele. It was significant for many reasons: It boosted Washington to the nation's No. 16 class (247Sports), and Petersen had signed just one player from Hawaii during his first five recruiting cycles. Time will tell if the Dawgs can continue to attract top-flight talent from Hawaii to Montlake. 

Arizona State

— ASU's "War Room Feed"

If you were like the rest of us following social media like a hawk on Wednesday, you probably caught wind of the impressive "War Room Feed" Arizona State was using to welcome the latest signees.

It certainly came in handy when Herm Edwards' staff signed Keon and Kejuan Markham, twins from Long Beach Poly in Southern California. Edwards' reaction was just so Herm Edwards. Video below so you can feel like you were apart of the recruiting operation in Tempe.

USC

— Drake London's dual-sport NLI

USC football wasn't the only Trojan program celebrating on Wednesday. USC men's basketball joined in on the fun as well when Drake Jackson, a defensive lineman/linebacker from Corona, California, submitted his National Letter of Intent. The 6-foot-5 Jackson also plans to play basketball for Andy Enfield's squad.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News back in June, London said USC's offer to play both sports weighed heavily on his decision. Fun fact: London is a muscle-car enthusiast

Here's a full look at the Pac-12 recruiting rankings as they stand after the Early Signing Period:

School

ESPN

247Sports

Arizona

N/A*

47

Arizona State

27

30

Cal

44

41

Colorado

48

50

Oregon

5

6

Oregon State

N/A*

69

Stanford

21

18

UCLA

50

48

USC

23

22

Utah

N/A*

71

Washington

17

16

Washington State

N/A

53

* ESPN lists class rankings for the top 50 programs

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