Pac-10 recruiting needs

We've reached the home stretch of recruiting -- signing day is Feb. 3 -- and you can see where your team stands here.

But let's take a look at class needs.


Linebacker: The Wildcats lost three starting linebackers and the depth behind them was young and/or unproven. A pair of JC linebackers who are already signed should help.

Defensive linemen: Both starting defensive tackles need to be replaced and you can never have enough depth, particularly when both starting ends will be seniors.

Offensive linemen: Three starters need to be replaced but the restocking isn't so much about next year as building for the future.

Arizona State

Safety: Clint Floyd is back but the depth chart needs some reliable reinforcements. JC transfer Eddie Elder is already enrolled and may start next fall.

Receiver: Both Chris McGaha and Kyle Williams are gone and the players behind them haven't stepped up. Two incoming JC receivers as well as Oregon transfer Aaron Pflugrad should be in the mix. You might as well throw a tight end into the mix here, a position that has been weak for the Sun Devils the past couple of seasons.

Offensive line: Broken record here but the Sun Devils won't get back to form unless they improve up front. The class already has five O-line commits -- including three JC guys.


Linebacker: The Bears lose Eddie Young and Devin Bishop and Mike Mohamed will be a senior next year. Moreover, the production here was underwhelming in 2009. Three of 13 committed players are linebackers.

Cornerback: Syd'Quan Thompson is gone after four years as a starter, and the rest of the depth chart struggled last year. As of yet, no commitments from corners, though the class has two safeties.

Receiver: While lots of guys are back at the position, the Bears have lacked playmakers in the passing game of late.


Defensive line: The biggest question mark for the Ducks heading into 2010 is the D-line, which must replace two starters, including stalwart end Will Tukuafu. The class presently features four D-linemen, including a JC transfer.

Cornerback: While both starting corners are back, that's due in large part to the season-ending injuries to Walter Thurmond and Willie Glasper. Coach Chip Kelly wants more and better depth here, and he's already got three commitments at the position.

Tight end: A guy like Ed Dickson isn't easy to replace. While David Paulsen did some nice things last year, expect JC signee Brandon Williams to be in the mix.

Oregon State

Defensive line: If the present depth chart holds true, all four starters here will be seniors in 2010. So it's time to restock, which is why four of 13 committed players are defensive linemen.

Cornerback: The Beavers' pressure defense works best with lock-down corners who are not afraid of being alone on an island with a receiver. There's not a whole lot of depth here and it might be a concern that the recruiting class at present doesn't feature any player listed as a corner.

Tight end: While H-back Joe Halahuni became a nice weapon last year, the Beavers need to upgrade and restock at tight end, a position that used to be far more productive for the offense.


Linebacker: You could say the entire Stanford defense needs an upgrade, but linebacker tops the list with the departures of Clinton Snyder and Will Powers.

Defensive back: This might sound too general, but Stanford needs to upgrade the athleticism of its secondary, which has been picked apart the past two seasons. The present class features three committed safeties and a cornerback and a couple other "athletes" who could end up in the secondary.


Defensive line: The Bruins lost three starters -- topped by tackle Brian Price -- and a valuable reserve here, so there's a need for immediate help. Of 18 committed players, three are ends and two are tackles, so things seem to be going well.

Offensive line: UCLA won't take the next step until its offensive line improves. The 2009 recruiting class had some top-rated linemen, but Xavier Su'a-Filo, who started at left tackle as a true freshman, is going on a church mission, while Stanley Hasiak left the team.


Receiver/tight end: With the departure of receiver Damian Williams and tight end Anthony McCoy, quarterback Matt Barkley lost his top two targets. The good news is the class appears to be strong at both positions.

Linebacker: The position was a disappointment last fall. There will be opportunities for young players to break through.

Defensive back: Even though the depth chart is stocked with underclassmen, some of whom saw action in 2009, all four starters must be replaced.


Quarterback: Jake Locker will be a senior next fall and, with the transfer of Ronnie Fouch, there's only one other scholarship QB on the roster. Nick Montana is expected to fill that void.

Defensive line: The Huskies lost both starting ends, including Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. This is an area where the Huskies need a significant upgrade.

Linebacker: Donald Butler is gone, E.J. Savannah's status is uncertain and Mason Foster will be a senior. There will be opportunities here for freshmen to play.

Washington State

Offensive line: The Cougars have already signed two JC linemen who will get an immediate opportunity to compete for starting jobs. Everything starts here for the Cougars.

Offensive playmakers: There's a reason the Cougars' class featured commitments from four receivers and three running backs. They need guys who can make something happen with the ball in their hands.