Pac-12 Football Recruiting: 2016 Classes That’ll Erupt By 2017

    A few Pac-12 football teams landed top 25 recruiting classes. Here are three classes that could produce big early on.

    February 11, 2016

    Three Pac-12 football recruiting classes that could produce big early on.

    E-mail Rich Cirminiello | Follow me … @RichCirminiello

    Now that another edition of National Signing Day is in the history books, it’s time to take a look at who came away winners.

    The Pac-12 had a few teams do pretty well in the 2016 recuiting cycle, but just how good will their signees be? Below are three Pac-12 recruiting classes capable of making an impact on college football by 2017.

    3. Stanford

    Retooling on the Farm is now an annual priority for the Cardinal. And 2017 won’t be any different.

    RB Christian McCaffrey is probably done after his junior year, and the Stanford O-line and front seven resembles a revolving door each January. Five-star LB Curtis Robinson has the ingredients to become the next tackling machine from the second level. Meanwhile, QB K.J. Costello could be in the hunt for the starting job after using 2016 to learn and add muscle. The Cardinal, which excels at developing tight ends and blockers, traveled far to nab pass-catcher Kaden Smith and 6-6 pocket protectors Clark Yarbrough and Devery Hamilton.

    2. UCLA

    The Bruins have been so consistent on the recruiting trail that they’re now essentially rebuilding-proof.

    True, UCLA is a fertile pipeline to the NFL, but that just means the next generation gets a chance to contribute early on. Jim Mora loaded up the cupboard once again, filling both sides of the ball with potential future stars. In two years, LB Mique Juarez figures to be one of the Pac-12’s rising defensive stalwarts. And with a year of seasoning, gifted receivers Theo Howard, Darian Owens, Dymond Lee and Damian Alloway will be ready to complement QB Josh Rosen in 2017, his likely finale as an unpaid amateur.

    1. USC

    The Trojans went from coast-to-coast to assemble another dynamite recruiting class. There’ll be flashes of this group’s potential this year, before it really takes off in 2017.

    Five-star CB Jack Jones and WR Tyler Vaughns figure to come of age as sophomores. Jones has an opportunity to be Troy’s Adoree’ Jackson, who’s undoubtedly playing in his final season, while Vaughns will get a crack at taking the baton from JuJu Smith-Schuster. Since the O-line could be enduring an overhaul in two years, the staff did well to well land three four-star blockers, Nathan Smith, Frank Martin and Georgian E.J. Price.

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