Recruiting never stops, particularly when it comes to life in the Pac-12 Conference. Coaches, as well their assistants, are constantly on the move and scouting potential prospects. The goal, naturally, is securing a commitment or building a relationship that might lead to a pledge in the near future.
Given the fact everyone is essentially swimming in the same talent pool, competition for players is never-ending, regardless of whether the individual is high-profile or not. It's a grind. That said, we figured it was time to provide some updates on the recruiting battles being waged in the Pac-12.
There was a time, not long ago in fact, that the Bruins were considered to be one of the leaders for Royce Freeman. The scenario, however, has changed. Drastically, mind you. The 5-foot-11 and 215-pound junior running back from Imperial (Calif.) has emerged as a hot commodity on the national scene.
Arkansas, Florida State, Nebraska, Tennessee and Wisconsin have offered Freeman. Rightfully so considering he is the country's No. 8 player at his position according to the 247Sports Rankings and No. 68 overall. Worth mentioning, the Razorbacks and Badgers traveled West this past week to visit him.
Closer to home, UCLA has plenty of competition to boot. USC put a scholarship on the table for Freeman on May 15 and the Trojans checked in on him this past week, on Monday to be exact. Oregon is a player and offered him back on April 12. Plans are in the works for a trip to Eugene on June 18.
What the future holds for Freeman and the Bruins is unclear at this stage of the game. This much is certain, primary recruiter and Bruins assistant coach Steve Broussard has some work to do.
CAL GOLDEN BEARS
In an effort to bolster the backfield, Cal has been doing a good job of luring Tre Watson to Berkeley over the course of the past month or so. And sure enough, the diligence paid off on Monday when the 5-9 and 190-pound junior running back from Corona (Calif.) Centennial committed to the Golden Bears.
With offers ready and waiting from Utah and Washington State, Watson had some options from schools within the Pac-12 Conference. He said that ultimately Cal was the place to be for him and Golden Bears assistant coach Pierre Ingram was instrumental in making the decision somewhat easier.
Prior to the pick, Watson was on the verge of amassing 10 scholarships. BYU, Fresno State, Nevada New Mexico and Toledo were among the potential suitors. Arizona and Washington had reached to him. Signs point to the persistence shown by Cal coach Sonny Dykes & Co. being enough to win him over.
An all-important piece of the puzzle was added on Friday morning when the Buffaloes secured a commitment from Isaac Miller, the first pledge from a recruit in the Class of 2014. Make no mistake, the 6-7 and 255-pound offensive tackle from Longmont (Colo.) Silver Creek will be a welcomed addition.
Miller is the nation's No. 86 player at his particular position in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Moreover, he figures to provide some much-needed muscle up front, a perceived trouble spot along the interior line in the not so distant past. Help is on the way, though, thanks in large part to Miller.
In terms of Pac-12 Conference options, he did not have many. Washington State was the only other school to put a scholarship on the table Northern Colorado, New Mexico State and Wyoming offered Miller and programs from the Big 10 Conference reached out. In the end, Boulder was the best fit.
PAC-12 CONFERENCE NOTES
Arizona remains one of the better options for Don'Yeh Patterson. Nevertheless, the 6-2 and 195-pound junior wide receiver from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez is keeping an open mind when it comes to the recruiting process. In addition to the Wildcats, he has another Pac-12 Conference offer, this one from Utah. Don't be surprised to see Oregon and Stanford join in on the Patterson sweepstakes soon.
Seemingly no one on the West Coast, perhaps the entire country, has recently been as hot as John Plattenburg Jr. The 5-11 and 187-pound junior cornerback from Corona (Calif.) Centennial picked up an offer from UCLA on Monday, his eighth from the Pac-12 Conference. News of interest from the Bruins did not sit well with Washington, previously considered to be in good position to land a commitment from him.
It's official: Chandler Leniu is on the proverbial board with a scholarship from the Pac-12 Conference as Washington State jumped on the bandwagon on Wednesday with an offer for the junior from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. It was a mere matter of time before this happened for the 6-1 and 230-pound inside linebacker, who is the country's No. 27 player at his spot in the field in the 247Sports rankings.
When it comes to premier prospects from the Class of 2015, the name Marvell Tell must be mentioned in the same sentence as some of the nation's best. After all, the 6-2 and 175-pound sophomore safety from Encino (Calif.) Crespi has offers from Pac-12 Conference counterparts Cal and Washington State. More impressive are his scholarships from the likes of UCLA and USC. Vanderbilt offered him this past Sunday.
Nearly lost in the mix of recent activity of his peers was the recent commitment of Raelon Singleton to Utah. The 6-4 and 180-pound junior wide receiver from Crosby (Tex.) selected the Utes despite having offers from close to 10 others. None of those schools, however, were in the Pac-12 Conference.