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February 11, 2014

Rivals.com: Top Pac-12 recruiters

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RIVALS.COM TOP 10 PAC-12 RECRUITERS
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Tee Martin, USC
Buzz: One of the only holdovers from the previous regime, Martin is an excellent recruiter and showed it, especially late, when USC did phenomenally well on National Signing Day. Martin was pivotal in landing five-star athlete Adoree' Jackson and five-star safety John Smith on Wednesday. Four-star offensive guard Damien Mama also chose the Trojans and Martin was key in his recruitment. The USC assistant coach who has tremendous connections across the country also worked hard on landing Olajuwon Tucker, Rahshead Johnson, Chris Brown and others.
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Mike Bloomgren, Stanford
Buzz: Stanford's 2014 offensive line class is one of the best in the Pac-12 and Bloomgren is a big reason why. He flipped Rivals 250 offensive lineman Reilly Gibbons from Miami just days before Signing Day, flipped three-star Jesse Burkett from Vanderbilt a few weeks before Signing Day and hauled in Casey Tucker, arguably the top tackle in the West. Bloomgren was the regional recruiter for Rivals 250 linebacker Bobby Okereke and fullback Daniel Marx, among others, in the impressive Cardinal class.
Tony Dews, Arizona
Buzz: Arizona's wide receivers coach spent an inordinate amount of time at Los Angeles Salesian and it paid off in a huge way for the Wildcats by landing four-star athlete Marquis Ware, four-star linebacker Jamardre Cobb and three-star Rodney Carr. Dews was also an important factor in the recruitment of three-star quarterback Brandon Dawkins, running back Jonathan Haden and junior college quarterback Jerrard Randall. A big assist was also in order with four-star receiver Cameron Denson, one of the big prizes in this recruiting class.
Keith Heyward, USC
Buzz: USC's defensive backs coach did an excellent job loading up players, especially at the position he coaches. Heyward had recruited four-star Jonathan Lockett to Washington, so flipping him to USC was not a major problem. Lockett is definitely a big catch. Heyward was also responsible for landing John Plattenburg out of Houston Lamar and formerly of Corona (Calif.) Centennial and Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines defensive back Lamont Simmons. JUCO defensive tackle Claude Pelon was also a Heyward target.
Pierre Ingram, California
Buzz: Ingram filled one of the most glaring positions of need for Cal with two top-50 running backs in four-star Tre Watson and Vic Enwere despite a 1-11 record and lots of competition. UCLA and Washington were both after Watson and Enwere had a long offer list with Michigan making the hardest push. Ingram was also one of the primary recruiters for four-star linebacker Chandler Leniu, who had been committed to Washington State earlier in the process.
Adrian Klemm, UCLA
Buzz: Klemm didn't have as big a year on the recruiting trail as he has in past seasons, but he was still responsible for UCLA's biggest out-of-state get in Zach Whitley, who had been committed to Alabama. Klemm also pulled in four-star offensive lineman Kolton Miller and assisted on Jacob Tuioti-Mariner. He also took offensive lineman Najee Toran from the state of Texas and landed four-star Dwight Williams.
Jimmy Lake, Washington
Buzz: The Washington staff had an unenviable situation -- come to a new program (from Boise State) and land some top targets who were either committed elsewhere or were serious about other schools. Lake did a phenomenal job getting high four-star safety Budda Baker to the Huskies over UCLA and others. He also helped flip Naijiel Hale, Sidney Jones and a few other prospects. In the weeks leading up to Signing Day, Washington's class had begun to fall apart. Lake and others did a great job getting some top talent to Seattle.
Chip Long, Arizona State
Buzz: Long was the lead recruiter on a lot of top Arizona State targets, including four-star athlete Kalen Ballage, who was being pushed by UCLA all the way up to National Signing Day, but he stuck with the Sun Devils. The ASU tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator was also instrumental in the recruitment of Sam Jones, Ismael Murphy-Richardson, Darrius Caldwell, Demario Richard, Jamal Scott and others. Long also deserves major credit on ASU getting Connor Humphreys, since he was first involved in his recruitment as well.
Angus McClure, UCLA
Buzz: The Bruins missed on some five-star talent on Signing Day, but McClure was responsible for some of the best players in UCLA's class, which finished third in the Pac-12 rankings. McClure played a major hand in landing four-star defensive end Matt Dickerson, a former Notre Dame commit, four-star offensive tackle Kolton Miller and four-star defensive tackle Ainuu Taua. Three other commits -- Adarius Pickett, Alex Van Dyke and Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, were also heavily recruited by McClure, who kept UCLA within striking distance for Davon Godchaux.
John Neal, Oregon
Buzz: Oregon assistant coaches Gary Campbell and Scott Frost deserve credit for loading up in this Ducks' class too, but we'll give Neal the nod, especially since he helped land a bunch of defensive backs that should help for years to come. Mattrell McGraw, Glen Ihenacho and Arrion Springs are three of Neal's top targets. He also helped with others in this class, which ended up in the top half of the Pac-12 rankings.



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