February 15, 2007

Rivals.com top 10 Pac-10 recruiters

USC pulled in the nation's No. 2 class in the 2007 Rivals.com team recruiting rankings thanks in large part to the efforts of assistants Todd McNair and Pat Ruel.

McNair solidified the future of USC's running game by signing three of the nation's best running backs.

UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker took Pac-10 recruiter of the year honors for his efforts.

Pac-10 2007 Recruiter of the Year
DeWayne Walker, UCLA

Not only is Walker one of the up-and-coming defensive coaches in America, he's also one of the best recruiters out West. Walker was involved with seven of UCLA's 10 signings in this year's class, with an average star rating of 3.57. The job he did with four-star running back Raymond Carter and four-star defensive tackle Brian Price, both Rivals100 players from Los Angeles Crenshaw, was amazing. Schools continued to try and steal both up until Signing Day. Walker, the Bruins' defensive coordinator, also kept UCLA in it until the end with Donovan Warren.

The rest of the top 10, in alphabetical order
Nigel Burton, Oregon State

Burton, Oregon State's defensive backs coach, continues to prove he's one of the up-and-coming recruiters in the conference. Burton signed seven players this season, none of which was ranked lower than three stars. Burton had a 3.14 star average per player, plus he also pulled in one of the best recruits in OSU's class four-star athlete Reggie Dunn of Los Angeles Verbum Dei. Burton has proved he deserves to be mentioned with the best.
Ron Gould, California

It was tough to keep Gould out of Rivals.com's top 25 national recruiter list. Not only did he get four-star safety Chris Conte to switch from UCLA to Cal on Signing Day, but he also landed four-star Rivals100 running back Jahvid Best - the star in the Bear class. Four-star running back Shane Vereen is also a player that Gould landed. His seven signings averaged 3.43 stars, and Gould - Cal's running back coach - did well in state.
Steve Greatwood, Oregon

Greatwood, who coaches the Ducks' offensive line, landed eight players in Oregon's resurgence onto the national recruiting scene. He pulled in Rivals250 four-star prospects Anthony Gildon, Darrion Weems and Malachi Lewis. Greatwood also was able to land quality in-state sleepers John Laidet and Aaron Pflugrad. The players he signed averaged 3.12 stars. Greatwood's efforts helped the Ducks finish with the nation's No. 11 recruiting class, good for second place in the conference behind USC.
Todd McNair, USC

McNair signed only three players, but it was an impressive list. McNair landed the nation's No. 2 player, Joe McKnight, on Signing Day. That occurred after the USC running backs coach had already wrapped up commitments from RB Marc Tyler - the No. 17 player overall - and Rivals100 running back Broderick Green. When one considers that USC played three freshman running backs last season, McNair's ability to land three of the nation's best this year was amazing. McNair's signings averaged an incredible 4.67 stars. With his efforts, the Trojans landed the nation's No. 2 recruiting class.
Pat Ruel, USC

Long considered one of the best football coaches in the game, Ruel made his mark this season on the USC recruiting class. Ruel, the Trojans' offensive line coach, pulled in five players with an average star rating of 3.8. The headliner in the group was five-star offensive lineman Kristofer O'Dowd of Arizona. Ruel also landed high-profile commitments from four-star receiver Brandon Carswell and four-star offensive lineman Martin Coleman. Ruel also pulled off one of the biggest late recruiting surprises by getting tight end Rhett Ellison to switch from Virginia Tech to USC.
Gregg Smith, Arizona State

Smith, who arrived late in the process with new ASU coach Dennis Erickson, was able to pull off two of the bigger surprises down the stretch in the Pac 10. Smith, ASU's special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach, was able to land offensive linemen Garth Gerhart and Adam Tello. The Norco, Calif., duo had been previous commitments to Colorado. If Smith's efforts were any indication, don't be surprised if ASU becomes a major player in the coming years.
Grady Stretz, Arizona State

The Devils' class stayed afloat during the coaching transition thanks largely to the efforts of Stretz, the Devils' defensive line coach. He was credited with signing six players with an average star rating of 3.17. The headliner was four-star defensive end Luis Vasquez, who was ranked as the No. 22 junior college player in the nation. Stretz also did quite well with other in-state players, landing three-star defensive end James Brooks, three-star linebacker Colin Parker, three-star receiver T.J. Simpson and three-star defensive end Eric Tanner.
Chris Tormey, Washington

Tormey flew more than 30,000 miles to Hawaii and to California to help the Huskies finish with their best class in quite some time. UW finished No. 35 nationally, and Tormey's was a big reason why. The recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach, Tormey managed to pull in three-star defensive end Kalani Aldrich from Hilo, Hawaii. Also, as the main recruiter for Seattle, he was able to land Rivals250 offensive tackle Emeka Iweka.
Mike Tuiasosopo, Arizona

The Wildcats made a big impact in Hawaii this past recruiting season, and Tuiasosopo played a big part in that. Arizona's defensive line coach pulled in two high quality players from the islands. The Wildcats signed the top player in the state, four-star defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu. He also pulled in four-star linebackers Apaiata Tuihalamaka and Vuna Tuihalamaka. Vuna Tuihalamaka is ranked as the No. 26 junior college player in the nation. Tuiasosopo signed five players this year with a star average of 3.6.

-- Recruiters profiles by Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Jeremy Crabtree.

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