With just over a week until national signing day, the recruiting rankings look a lot like the late-season national rankings for the Pac-10: Lots of depth.
USC, at No. 10, is tops among six conference teams in the national top 25.
Recall that seven Pac-10 teams were ranked at some point last season and five were ranked in the final regular-season BCS standings.
Ah, but then also recall that only two were ranked after a woeful 2-5 bowl season.
So, the big question with the Pac-10 and recruiting is not unlike it was in the postseason: Can the conference close the deal?
Things are fairly fluid right now. A "commitment" doesn't mean much. For example:
Stanford, which had taken some recruiting hits of late, punched back at one of its victimizers, Notre Dame, by snagging an ESPNU 150 defensive end.
Oregon just grabbed a receiver previously committed to Washington.
Washington is trying to give Arizona that sort of treatment over a defensive tackle.
So don't take anything for granted. It's the signature on Feb. 3 that matters.
You can follow the plot twists here.
The biggest names remaining in play among Pac-10 teams on the ESPNU 150 are:
DE Jackson Jeffcoat (Arizona State & USC)
OL Seantrel Henderson (USC)
DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA)
WR Markeith Ambles (USC)
RB Lache Seastrunk (Oregon & USC)
S Sean Paker (California, USC, Washington)
S Dietrich Riley (USC, UCLA)
DT Ricky Heimuli (Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington)
DT J.R. Ferguson (California)