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Pac-12 football recruiting rankings: ‘Conference of Champions’ not one in 2020 recruiting


Jeremy Cluff, Arizona Republic Published 11:34 a.m. MT Dec. 19, 2019

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The Pac-12 prides itself on being the “Conference of Champions.”

That hasn’t been the case on the football field or in football recruiting.

Washington is currently ranked No. 14 in 247 Sports’ 2020 football recruiting rankings, the highest-ranked team in the Pac-12.

Almost every other Power 5 conference has at least two teams above the Huskies.

Clemson, of the ACC, is No. 1 in the rankings.

The SEC has Alabama at No. 2, Georgia at No. 4, LSU at No. 5, Texas A&M at No. 6, Auburn at No. 7, and Florida at No. 8.

The Big Ten has Ohio State at No. 3, Michigan at No. 12 and Penn State at No. 13.

The Big 12 has Texas at No. 9 and Oklahoma at No. 10.

Notre Dame, an independent, is No. 11.

MORE: Where ASU’s class stands | Where Arizona’s class stands

The Pac-12 is the only Power 5 conference without a team in the College Football Playoff this season. The conference hasn’t had a team in the playoff since 2016-17 (Washington).

The “Conference of Champions” hasn’t been one for a long time in college football.

The last national championship for the Pac-12? USC in 2004 (and that BCS title was vacated for violating NCAA rules).

2020 Pac-12 recruiting rankings (with national ranking):

247 Sports

1. Washington (14)

2. Oregon (16)

3. Stanford (22)

4. UCLA (28)

5. California (33)

6. Colorado (34)

7. Arizona State (35)

8. Oregon State (47)

9. Utah (49)

10. Washington State (59)

11. Arizona (69)

12. USC (79)

Rivals 

1. Oregon (10)

2. Washington (13)

3. Stanford (24)

4. UCLA (28)

5. California (30)

6. Colorado (34)

7. Arizona State (41)

8. Oregon State (42)

9. Washington State (49)

10. Utah (53)

11. Arizona (65)

12. USC (76)

USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg wrote: “The Trojans’ signing class is unsurprisingly low on numbers and top-tier talent given the innuendo and rumors circling around coach Clay Helton’s job security during the regular season. But with the fewest commitments of any team in the Pac-12, USC is well out of position to sign the sort of group needed to leap from this year’s eight-win regular season into the Rose Bowl mix. Other programs within the conference are only too happy to fill the void. Oregon signed the state’s top prospect in linebacker Justin Flowe, while the Ducks and Washington combined to sign 16 recruits from California.”

USC Trojans head coach Clay Helton is getting hammered for his 2020 recruiting class.

USC Trojans head coach Clay Helton is getting hammered for his 2020 recruiting class. (Photo: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

The Associated Press wrote: “The heated rivalry between Washington and Oregon continues off the field and onto the recruiting trail. Early returns have the Huskies edging the Ducks. Washington’s class is ranked No. 14, two spots ahead of the Ducks. Stanford is right behind at 22 after going 4-8 this season. They’re followed by UCLA at No. 28, California at 33, Colorado at 34 and Arizona State at 35.”

247Sports’ Brandon Huffman wrote: “Arizona State’s class wasn’t the largest and didn’t finish in the top third of the conference, but player for player, their class is strong, with a flip of longtime Oregon commit Johnny Wilson on Signing Day the headliner. They also reeled in four-star linebacker Jordan Banks, four-star defensive lineman Omarr Norman-Lott and four-star running back DeaMonte Traynum plus four-star receiver Chad Johnson Jr., the son of Chad Ochocinco. And they’re not done- they are the leaders for a pair from Folsom (Calif.) who will announce at the Under Armour All-America Game.”

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