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October 5, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Pac-12 recruiting rankings: Buffaloes stampede to No. 3

Colorado returns just one starter and will likely struggle out the gate in the Pac-12, but the Buffaloes have gotten a jump on most of the conference as it pertains to recruiting.
Coach Tad Boyle received his fourth 2012 verbal commitment when Xavier Johnson, a consensus four-star recruit from Temecula, Calif., agreed to play in Boulder, CO. The 6 foot 6, 185-pound guard/forward is ranked the No. 83 player nationally in the Rivals150. He’s also 86th on ESPN’s top 100 list.
Johnson joins 6-9 forward Josh Scott, another 4-star recruit, and 6-8 forward Wesley Gordon, who received three stars from ESPN and Rivals. CU also has a commitment from Detroit forward Chris Jenkins.
The Buffs aren’t done. They’ve targeted 4-star point guard Tyrone Wallace and 3-star big man Richard Longrus.
ESPN ranks ranks Colorado No. 17 nationally among the nation’s top 2012 recruiting classes and landing another top target could vault the Buffs into the top 10. If they get both, CU may move into the top five.
We’re releasing our Pac-12 2012 recruiting rankings (below) and Colorado has charged into the top three. The Buffs have been impressive so far, but not sure if they can overtake Arizona and UCLA, which are Nos. 1 and 2 respectively.
AROUND THE CONFERENCE:
— Recruiting rumors suggest Demarquise Johnson, a top target for Washington, is close to Richard Peters, another UW prospect, and they could be a package deal. Both players are also considering Washington State.
— UCLA hopes hiring former AAU coach Korey McCray helps land 6-9 forward Tony Parker, who is ranked 31st on ESPN’s top 100 list and spent last weekend visiting the Bruins. McCray coached Parker’s Atlanta-based AAU team and AAU teammate Jordan Adams, who committed to the Bruins and is ranked No. 61 overall by ESPN. However, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski also wants Parker. He’s also considering Ohio State and Memphis.
— It’s a big recruiting weekend for Oregon, which host 3-star Las Vegas big man Ben Carter and Wallace.
— Some believe Craig Robinson, who enters his fourth season at Oregon State, is on the hot seat after two straight losing seasons following an 18-18 record his first year. He’s upgraded the talent and next season brings in four-star forward Jarmal Reid and three-star wing Langston Morris-Walker.
— Arizona State and Oregon State are believed to have concluded recruiting for 2012, while Washington, Oregon and Washington State have yet to receive a verbal commitment. The early signing period is November 9-16.
RANKING THE PAC-12’S 2012 RECRUITING CLASSES


Name ………………. Pos. ….. Ht/Wt. ….. Hometown ………………. ESPN-Rivals-Scout star ratings
1. ARIZONA
Brandon Ashley ……… F …….. 6-8/220 …… Henderson, NV …………. 5-5-5
Grant Jerrett ………….. C ……. 6-10/220 …. LaVerne, Calif. ………….. 5-4-5
Gabe York ……………. G ……. 6-2/170 …… Orange, Calif. …………… 4-4-4
Summary: Wildcats have four seniors, which means coach Sean Miller isn’t done yet. He’s holding a scholarship open for 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski, who is the No. 1 center nationally. He’s narrowed his choices to Arizona and Kansas.
2. UCLA
Kyle Anderson ………… F …… 6-8/215 …… Fairview, NJ ……………. 5-5-5
Jordan Adams ………… G/F … 6-5/230 …… Lawrenceville, GA ……. 4-4-4
Dominic Artis …………. G …… 5-11/170 ….. Richmond, CA ………… 4-4-4
Summary: Malcolm Lee and Tyler Honeycutt unexpectedly left for the NBA last season, which adds stress to the Bruins backcourt. Coach Ben Howland isn’t going to be caught napping again. UCLA has just two seniors on scholarship, three verbal commitments and two offers pending.
3. COLORADO
Wesley Gordon ……… F ……. 6-8/210 ….. Colorado Springs, CO …… 3-3-4
Chris Jenkins ………… F …… 6-6/185 …… Detroit ……………………… 2-3-NR
Xavier Johnson……… G/F ….. 6-6/185 ….. Temecula, CA ……………. 4-4-4
Josh Scott ……………. F ……. 6-9/220 ….. Monument, CO …………… 4-4-4
Summary: Moving to the Pac-12 is paying early dividends for the Buffaloes who pulled Johnson out of California. Now if they can land Wallace, the No. 12 prospect in California, it would be a special year. Buffs have locked up the top two recruits in Colorado.
4. ARIZONA STATE
Kenny Martin ………… F ……. 6-9/205 … Glendale, AZ ……………… 3-3-NR
Eric Jacobsen ………. F/C …. 6-9/230 … Chandler, AZ ……………… 3-3-NR
Calaen Robinson ……. G ……. 6-2/170 … Chandler, AZ …………….. 3-3-3
Summary: While cross-state rival Arizona recruits nationally, the Sun Devils secured three of the top four in-state prospects. ASU has also secured a 2014 recruit, which shows coach Herb Sendek plans to be around for awhile. He was wise to sign Robinson, who could come in and run the team if prized freshman Jahii Carson isn’t cleared to play.
5. UTAH
Josh Hearlihy ……….. F ……. 6-7/210 … North Hollywood, CA …… 2-NR-NR
Jordan Loveridge …… F ……. 6-6/225 … West Jordan, Utah ……… 4-3-3
Summary: The Utes are revamping the roster and Loveridge, the top in-state prospect, will help.
6. STANFORD
Christian Sanders ……. SG …… 6-3/170 ……. Houston ……………………. 3-3-3
Summary: The Cardinal had a one-man recruiting class in 2011 and it will probably be a small class again because there’s just one senior on the roster. However, coach Johnny Dawkins loaded the roster two years ago with a six-man recruiting class.
7. OREGON STATE
Langston Morris-Walker ……. G/F ……. 6-5/200 …….Berkeley, CA ……………. 2-3-3
Maika Ostling …………………. C ………. 6-10/230 …. Dayton, Ore. ………………. 2-3-2
Jarmal Reid ……………………. F ……… 6-7/225 …… Columbia, Ga. …………….. 2-4-4
Summary: Landing Ostling, the No. 3 in-state prospect, is a major recruiting victory for the Beavers. He’s the first Oregon high school recruit who will sign a scholarship for coach Craig Robinson. It wasn’t so long ago, their roster resembled a United Nations guest list. OSU needed to be creative to attract talent. Now Robinson is pulling a four-star recruit (Reid) from Georgia and a three-star prospect (Morris-Walker) from California.
8. USC
Larry Lewis ……………. G …….. 6-2/175 …. Phoenix ……………………. 2-3-NR
Strahinja Gavrilovic …… F ……. 6-8/215 … La Jolla, CA ……………… NR-NR-NR
Summary: UCLA is believed to be the favorite to land nation’s top player Shabazz Muhammad, but UCS hasn’t given up hope. It’s unlikely the Trojans land him, but many believe they’re the favorites to secure Zena Edosomwan. He’s also considering Washington. Giving scholarships to Lewis and Gavrilovic is a curious decision, but coach Kevin O’Neill recruits for his tough-minded defensive style.
9. CALIFORNIA
Kaileb Rodriguez …… F …… 6-8/195 … Highlands Ranch, CO ……. 2-NR-NR
Summary: The Bears are also hot after Edosomwan, who is visiting Berkley, Calif. this week. Landing him would move Cal into the upper half of the conference.
CORRECTED: 1:18 p.m.

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