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Looking back at the 2012 recruiting class: Pac-12 North

As colleges across the country are dusting off the fax machines that they only use once a year in preparation for tomorrow’s signing day, the Pac-12 blog thought it would be fun to dust off the 2012 recruiting classes and see how some of those groups shaped up. Each team’s 2012 class is linked along with some of the hits and misses from each squad. We hit the South earlier today. Here’s a look at the North.

California: Highly-rated quarterback Zach Kline ended up transferring, but what stands out from this group are the wide receivers. Despite being recruited by Jeff Tedford, they ended up being an outstanding fit for Sonny Dykes and Co. Darius Powe, Bryce Treggs, Kenny Lawler (2015 first-team all-conference) and Chris Harper turned into one of the best units in the Pac-12 over their careers. Hardy Nickerson (honorable mention) led the team with 112 tackles last season.

Oregon: This was an outstanding class. Arik Armstead headlined the group and went on to become a first-round draft pick in 2015 at defensive end (though many, including colleague Ted Miller, will still argue that he should have been on the offensive line). Byron Marshall, Bralon Addison and Dwayne Stanford were all productive offensively. DeForest Buckner went on to become the league’s defensive player of the year. There were some really, really good collegiate careers from this class. Of the two quarterbacks, Jake Rodrigues transferred and Jeff Lockie has been a career backup with the occasional spot start.

Oregon State: Despite injuries, Isaac Seumalo was one of the league’s dominant offensive linemen when he was healthy. Linemen Grant Bays and Garrett Weinreich and safety Zach Robinson all ended up taking medical retirements. Receiver Malik Gilmore eventually became a defensive back and running back Chris Brown saw his highest production in 2015, carrying 32 times for 141 yards and a touchdown. Rommel Mageo and Caleb Saulo ended up first and second, respectively, on the team in tackles in 2015.

Stanford: This was the highly-touted offensive line group, and many of them lived up the hype. Andrus Peat was a first-round draft pick in 2015. Joshua Garnett won the Outland Trophy in 2015 and Kyle Murphy was a first-team all-conference tackle. The diamond in the rough of the class was three-star linebacker Blake Martinez, who ended up leading the Pac-12 with 141 total tackles last season. Perhaps the most hyped player coming in, Barry Sanders, was never able to become the featured back.

Washington: The highest-rated player of Washington’s class, Shaq Thompson, was as dominant as advertised. He was a first-round draft pick in 2015 and will play in the Super Bowl this weekend for Carolina. Quarterback Cyler Miles eventually retired from football and the other quarterback of the class, Jeff Lindquist, mostly served in a backup capacity. Receiver Jaydon Mickens led the team in receptions the last two seasons and Cory Littleton posted six sacks and 11 tackles for a loss in 2015.

Washington State: Wide receiver Gabe Marks is the jewel of Mike Leach’s first class. He turned in an all-league season in 2015, hauling in 104 balls and 15 touchdowns -- both league highs -- and his 1,192 yards were second in the conference. What might be most notable about this class, however, are some of the defensive players who eventually helped lead some defensive improvement in Pullman. Guys such as Jeremiah Allison, Kache Palacio and Destiny Vaeao (no stars, ended up second-team all-league) deserve a lot of credit for sticking through some lean years on that side of the ball. It's worth noting that juco transfer Ioane Gauta quietly had a nice little two-year career on the defensive line, starting 24 of 25 games with 16.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks in his career.