At this point in the 2013 recruiting cycle, each program has a handful of targets remaining and there’s always one among those that you can identify as the “most important." Here’s a look at the “most important” targets for each program in the Pac-12 down the stretch run towards National Signing Day.
Darren Carrington was a standout at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Darren Carrington, WR (San Diego, Calif./Horizon Christian) – Carrington is an Oregon commit who had hoped to take official visits but was discouraged to do so by the Oregon staff. As soon as Chip Kelly departed for the NFL, Carrington was on a plane to Tucson for an official last weekend. As a big wide receiver with an opportunity to contribute early on, a flip to Arizona would be huge.
Devon Allen, WR (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy Prep) – One of the fastest wide receivers in the country, Allen is eyeing a national list of programs but the in-state Sun Devlls have hung around till the end. In Todd Graham’s wide open offense, Allen could offer instant impact.
Ray Davison, DE (Encino, Calif./Crespi) – As Cal’s new coaching staff under Sonny Dykes looks to close out the class of 2013, defensive line remains a priority and Davison could be the finishing touch. There were rumors that he had committed on his official over the weekend but it looks like Davison will now wait until signing day to make it official.
Joshua Jones, S (Walled Lake, MI/Walled Lake Western) – Disregard the modest ranking. Jones has emerged as a coveted prospect in the 2013 class and Colorado is in need of a playmaker in the secondary like him. With officials in the books from Colorado and Pitt and one more in the works for NC State, Jones has been a wanted man since his decommitment from Illinois.
Nico Falah, OT (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) – Oregon has narrowly missed on a couple of big offensive line prospects but the staff isn’t giving up on Falah yet. Currently the edge protector is committed to USC but Oregon continues to give chase particularly since his athleticism and movement skills fit so nicely into that fast-paced Oregon scheme.
L.J. Moore, CB (Fresno, Calif./Central East) – Despite his continued interest in Arizona State and Oklahoma, Oregon State has remained the team to beat for Moore and the four-star has NFL written all over his skill set. Assuming the Beavers can close on Moore, he could be the most talented prospect in this 2013 OSU recruiting class.
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT (Auburn, Calif./Placer) – After UCLA’s phenomenal few days of landing defensive back commits with a flurry of four-stars jumping on board, Vanderdoes becomes the biggest target out there. He’s still uncommitted after decommitting from USC and the five-star has Notre Dame, USC and even Alabama possibly in front of the Bruins, but Mora and company will go down swinging.
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT (Auburn, Calif./Placer) – A couple of decommitments have tainted what has been a generally outstanding recruiting class for the Trojans in the 2013 class. Vanderdoes is arguably the biggest of those decommits but USC may still get him back on board. The five-star defensive tackle enjoyed his visit to USC last weekend but still has two more to go before a final decision. Wherever he lands, he’s a ‘no doubt’ kind of talent.
Kylie Fitts, DE (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East) – Since Fitts’ sudden decommitment from USC, he has been a popular name amongst schools hoping to land an elite defensive lineman late. Utah has an uphill battle to land the athletic lineman after a good official visit last weekend to UCLA but the his addition to a class that is largely complete could be a great exclamation point.
Durham Smythe, TE (Belton, Texas/Belton) – A former Texas commit, Smythe could be one of the next in the consistent stream of great tight ends emerging from Palo Alto these days. A big pass-catching mismatch, Smythe can stretch the field vertically and be a problem for defending linebackers.
Patrick Enewally, CB (Cerritos, Calif./Gahr) – Quietly, Washington is putting together one of the nation’s top classes and if they can close with Enewally, they could add a prototypical big cornerback. UCLA looks like they will be tough to beat but Washington sits in high esteem.
Sebastian LaRue, WR (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) – One of the most explosive wide receivers on the west coast is intrigued by the thought of playing in Mike Leach’s wide open offense and with an official and unofficial visit to Pullman already under LaRue’s belt, the Cougars may just land the four-star.