It was a big week out West highlighted by several stops on the Army All-American selection tour. National analyst Ryan Bartow was on the scene and collected some great updates and photos as seen across the 247Sports network.
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Here's some bits from his stops and more in this weeks roundup.
Don't sleep on the Bruins. They may not be making national headlines at this moment in time on the recruiting trail but they are just waiting to make their move. Recently I made a slew of crystal ball predictions in favor of the Bruins including Damien Mama, Michiah Quick, Bryce Dixon and Brad Kaaya.
Kaaya is currently committed to Miami but a recent Bruin offer will give him a lot to think about. I think there could be some pressure to stay closer to home in the end.
The Bruins also were the first to offer 2015 quarterback Blake Barnett this week. Personally I think he's among the elite talents in his class at a very deep position. Expect more offers to come his way, but the early offer from the Bruins could be a big impact.
Up the I-5 corridor the Ducks success on the field is well documented. Each week Oregon picks up another first place vote and ultimately may be in control of their own destiny this season.
The success on the field hasn't translated to recruiting success as judged by stars and rankings. But the Ducks picked up a key commitment from speedster back Tony James last weekend while on an unofficial visit. They also made a big impression on an NFL legend pedigree in Randall Cunningham II.
The Sooners will be dancing if they can reel in 5-star Joe Mixon.
Oregon could be a team that gets hot as February approaches, but a smaller class size will keep them from pushing into that Top-10 or even Top-15 recruiting class range this year.
It's a California invasion of sorts this weekend in Norman. The Sooners are bringing in some of the biggest names from the Golden State including Joe Mixon, Adoree' Jackson, Dwight Williams, Michiah Quick and others.
This could be an incredible weekend for the Sooners who would love to continue to lay that California pipeline. Of the visitors expected, Oklahoma may have the best shot with 5-star running back Joe Mixon.
The Sooners are also hosting Justin Hollins, who is seemingly an Oklahoma-Oregon battle.
Not only is Stanford hosting the Washington Huskies, they also welcome 4-star Solomon Thomas this weekend.
This figures to be the showdown of the week in the Pac-12 and I expect the Cardinal faithful will be in full force. Stanford currently has the top recruiting class in the Pac-12 by a narrow margin over Arizona.
However they figure to close the class especially strong and will be a major force in 2015.
I could perhaps write an entire article on USC given the new direction of the program. However the Trojans are now refocused under Ed Orgeron who has already made his mark on the team with some big changes. Perhaps the biggest change was the decision to open up practices again.
On the recruiting trail, USC has also made the local footprint a priority once again. Perhaps this was an area of discontent between Orgeron and Kiffin, as Orgeron is a noted and successful recruiter.
On the coaching search ticker, it appears Chris Petersen, James Franklin and now Kevin Sumlin are some names that won't go away. The Trojans are also looking in the NFL ranks, but the early dismissal of Kiffin could make this hire a very fluid venture.
Perhaps USC retains Orgeron as the head coach after his interim debut, but that seems unlikely.
Personally, I've got my money on Franklin or Petersen as Kiffin's successor.