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NCAA Football: Pac-12 Championship-Southern California vs Stanford Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We know Nick Rolovich has been busy on the recruiting front, securing 10 verbal commitments for the 2021 recruiting class, but he’s hardly the only Pac-12 coach quickly putting together their recruiting class.

Rolovich and the Cougars currently have the No. 7 class in the Pac-12 and the No. 69 overall class, according to 25/7 Sports. So how are the other teams in the Pac-12 doing? Pretty well if you are Oregon or USC.

The Ducks currently have the top class in the Pac-12 and the No. 5 overall class. USC is not far behind at No. 7 nationally. The Ducks have 16 verbal commitments, headlined by 5-star wide receiver Troy Franklin. USC has 17 recruits, but no 5-star prospects.

The Trojans are recruiting well this season, after a very down year last year. USC finished with the No. 10 class in the Pac-12 and No. 55 overall last season.

The Ducks and Trojans are the only Pac-12 schools ranked in the top 25. Washington is next at No. 28, UCLA (No. 46), California (No. 49), and Arizona (No. 59).

Five Pac-12 teams have less than 10 verbal commitments. Stanford only has four commitments and ranks last in the Pac-12 and No. 94 in the country. It is very early, but that is quite a decline from the Cardinal’s No. 21 class last season.

Here is a full look at where the Pac-12 currently stands in the 24/7 Sports rankings.

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Football:

20 for 20: Ranking Washington State's top 20 athletes since 2000 | The Spokesman-Review
Creating a list of the top athletes in Washington State history is a decidedly challenging task that demands months of research and grunt work, and one that may be futile because it requires one to compare Cougars from different eras, and in some cases the eras themselves.

So, even in quarantine, we passed on that project and went for something more manageable: the top 20 WSU athletes since 2000.

Basketball:

Analysis: In recruiting, Smith welcomes the hurdles | Sports | lmtribune.com
Washington State’s Kyle Smith and his band of “bulldogs on the recruiting side” know they must cast their nets far and wide at this point to pull off a Pac-12-contender-caliber roster on the Palouse, but that’s no dilemma.