Apparently it's never too early to start the whole recruiting process in the Pac-12. A pair of programs from within the conference, mind you, recently offered prospects from the Class of 2017.
Lindell Stone from Southlake (Texas) Carroll is a freshman-to-be quarterback. His class distinction, however, did not prevent UCLA from offering him a scholarship this past week.
Keep in mind, we're talking about incoming freshmen who have not played a down on the prep circuit. Nevertheless, UCLA put a scholarship in place for Lindell Stone of Southlake (Texas) Carroll on Tuesday.
The Bruins are not the only team interested in the 6-foot and 190-pound pro-style signal-caller. Schools from the Big Ten Conference, specifically speaking Michigan and Michigan State, have reached out to Stone.
Right around a week ago, USC made headlines with an offer for Nathan Tilford, the first for the 6-2 and 190-pound Class of 2017 wide receiver from Upland (Calif.). Arizona State followed suit days later.
Freshman-to-be Dylan Moses last year received an offer from LSU. Five others teams now, including Alabama, have scholarships waiting for the 6-1 and 215-pounder from Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab.
The Pac-12 Conference did not set the trend of offering underclassmen. This much can be said: The schools largely from out on the West Coast are not afraid of being one of the first to jump on the bandwagon.
Stanford is still considered the prohibitive favorite to land Nifae Lealao. The Cardinal, however, could have some Pac-12 Conference competition for the senior-to-be from Sacramento (CA) Capital Christian.
Reports of him possibly being interested in Washington have been confirmed by sources. The primary recruiter for the 6-2 and 282-pound strong-side defensive end is Huskies assistant coach Tosh Lupoi.
Lealao has offers from seemingly every Pac-12 Conference school, with the exception of USC. Wisconsin and Boise State are others with scholarships for the nation's No. 54 player in the 247Sports Rankings.
Despite the attention, the Cardinal should feel relatively comfortable about their good standing with Lealao. They can take consolation in the fact his only plans for a trip this summer are to Palo Alto.
ON THE COME UP
What a week for Bobby Okereke. The senior-to-be from Santa Ana (Calif.) Foothill scored scholarships from Oregon and USC on Monday. Stanford entered the picture a few days later and could offer soon.
The added attention is worthy given the skill set that the 6-3 and 215-pound athlete possesses. Okereke is accordingly the country's No. 62 player at his position according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Considering their clout in the Pac-12 Conference, the Ducks and Trojans moved the top of his list. Cal, Colorado and Washington have offered Okereke. Each, however, significantly trails the frontrunners.
Stanford appears poised to add its name to his short list. Okereke, in fact, is taking a trip to check out the Cardinal a couple of days from now. Whether an offer is made on the visit still remains to be seen.
The days of flying underneath the radar appear to be coming to a long-awaited end for Dvonte McKneely. The senior-to-be from Corona (Calif.) Centennial doesn't have any offers, yet it appears as if Washington State is about to change that whole scenario. The 5-10 and 195-pound wide receiver will camp with the Cougars on June 22 and a follow-up visit in the works for mid-July. McKneely is about to pop, so stay tuned for updates.
Speaking of qualified prospects without a scholarship to speak of, it's difficult to believe D.J. Riggins has not received more interest, particularly from schools on the West Coast. It's not as if the senior-to-be from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian is a slouch. The 6-foot and 190-pounder is nation's No. 67 running back in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Cal, Oregon State, Utah and UCLA have recently reached out to Riggins.
When it comes to hot commodities from the Class of 2015, perhaps no one is rising faster than Keisean Lucier-South. Arizona is the latest offer for the 6-6 and 215-pounder of Orange (Calif.) Lutheran, who is the country's No. 6 player at the weak-side defensive end position according to the 247Sports Rankings. Lucier-South has more than 10 scholarships, including Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington.
Aliz'e Jones of Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman is another junior-to-be that's received plenty of interest, especially from Pac-12 Conference programs. USC was the most recent offer for the 6-4 and 22-pound tight end. It was a no-brainer decision for the Trojans. Think about it, Jones is No. 1 in the nation at his spot on the field in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Crosstown rival UCLA is in the mix for a commitment as well.