This week the Pac-12 has some interesting match-ups. The action all starts tonight when Arizona rolls into the Coliseum to challenge the Trojans.
This could be a big weekend for Budda Baker with his top two squaring off.
Since it's a Thursday night game, USC isn't expected to have a big crowd on hand. There are no official visitors scheduled to visit. However, the early game will give coach Ed Orgeron and his staff the opportunity to visit several high school games on Friday night and Saturday trying to get things going.
Despite the coaching vacancy at USC, coach Orgeron has been hitting the recruiting trail hard keeping this class together and adding to the future.
Here's a quick look at the Saturday games around the conference and some expected visitors.
Oregon @ Washington
The game of the conference, perhaps the top game in the nation. ESPN College GameDay is making the trip and so will a few key recruits. The Huskies will host Claudeson Pelon, Jake Knight, Layth Friekh, Budda Baker and Kaleb McGary among others.
The Ducks and Huskies are battling for all of these recruits with the exception of Pelon and Friekh. Knight does not have an offer from either program, but both seem highly interested in the rising tight end.
This could be a key game for both programs with highly touted defensive back Budda Baker.
Stanford @ Utah
ASU will pull all the stops for Derik Calhoun this weekend.
Utah took UCLA to the limit last Thursday. Stanford will be a bit more physical but the Utes can be feisty.
San Jose State commit Darren Gardenhire, Arizona commit Najiel Hale and UCLA commit Denzel Fisher will be in attendance. That's a talented trio of defensive backs and Utah is hopeful to get in the ear of all three of them.
None of them appear to be wavering at this time, but recruiting is a marathon and this could pay dividends later on should anything happen with their current commitment.
Colorado @ ASU
ASU is looking to rebound from a stinging Notre Dame loss last week. This should give them a chance to regain form and prepare for a tough stretch in Pac-12 play.
I'm not sure the Sun Devils can pry Calhoun from his commitment but you simply never know in recruiting.
Oregon State @ Washington State
Not only is Washington State hosting a pesky Oregon State team, they are bringing out the guns with recruits.This figures to be an interesting battle with Oregon State's offense clicking on all cylinders.
The Cougs will welcome four current commits including Kevin Griffin, Joseph Turner, Greg Hoyd III and Calvin Green. They will also host a quartet of uncommitted prospects including Kammy Delp, Dejon Brown, Uriah Leiataua and Hercules Mata'afa.
Don't be surprised to hear the Cougs reel in at least one commitment from this group in Pullman.
California @ UCLA
Expect to see some fireworks here. Both teams like to chuck the ball a lot which could yield some big plays.
UCLA is hosting one official visitor, receiver Alex Van Dyke, but will also attract a slew of local recruits as there is no USC game on Saturday. As usual expect this unofficial visitor list to be one of the best in the nation as free tickets, sunshine and football seem to attract the masses.
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