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 ARIZONA
National rankings (Rivals 28; Scout 29)
Best in class: Cam Denson, WR, Tucson, Ariz.
Best of the rest: Jamardre Cobb, LB, Harbor City, Calif.; LB Marquis Ware, LB, Bellflower, Calif.; QB Jerrard Randall, QB, NE Mississippi CC; T.J. Johnson, WR, Cape Coral, Fla.
Late addition: Marcus Griffin, DL, Bellevue, Wash.
One that got away: Jalen Tabor, CB, Washington, D.C.
NOTES: With the addition of Randall and high schooler Brandon Dawkins (Oxnard, Calif.), Rich Rodriguez has a bunch of quarterbacks to choose from as he looks for a replacement for senior B.J. Denker. ''Some people say I collect quarterbacks,'' Rodriguez said. ''Yeah, I do. It's better than collecting seashells.'' ... The defection of CB Naijiel Hale to Washington was accompanied by a good riddance sort of message from Rodriguez. Not mentioning Hale by name, he said if a player makes a commitment, then visits another school, he's not committed anymore. ''He didn't marry you, he's just dating you,'' Rodriguez said. ''I keep reminding guys it's our scholarship, not theirs.''
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ARIZONA STATE
National rankings (Rivals 21; Scout 17).
Best in class: D.J. Calhoun. The linebacker from El Cerrito High School in California has the potential to be an immediate difference-maker for the Sun Devils. He was the highest-rated player in Arizona State's 2014 class and is equally adept at playing in coverage or stopping the run. Calhoun enrolled in January and will take part in spring drills, so he should have a head start on the other freshmen.
Best of the rest: WR Eric Lauderdale, a transfer from Saddleback CC in California, has the chance to be a big-threat player alongside Jaelen Strong. Coach Todd Graham also picked up a couple of quarterbacks for the first time at ASU, and both Manny Wilkins and Coltin Gerhart could be the successor to Taylor Kelly when he leaves. Local product Tyler Whiley could have an impact on both sides of the ball, though he may stick to playing receiver.
Late addition: Defensive back Kweishi Brown, a transfer from Grossmont CC in El Cajon, Calif., waited until the last day to make a decision, but could have an immediate impact on the Sun Devils in the secondary next season.
NOTE: Arizona State is still waiting on the decision of Kalen Ballage, a running back from Falcon High School in Colorado. The Sun Devils appear to have the inside track and adding him would be a huge boost to this year's class.
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CALIFORNIA
National rankings (Rivals 45; Scout 43).
Best in class: Tre Watson, RB, Corona, Calif.
Best of the rest: LB Chandler Leniu, Lakewood, Calif.; ATH Devante Downs, Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; WR Erik Brown, Fontana, Calif.; QB Luke Rubenezer, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Late addition: LB Hamilton Anoa'i, San Mateo, Calif.
One that got away: ATH Koa Farmer, Sherman Oaks, Calif., to Penn State.
NOTE: ''Tre Watson was probably as good a football player and productive a player as anybody in high school football this year. His numbers were astronomical and he did that against the best competition in the state.'' - Coach Sonny Dykes
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COLORADO
National rankings (Rivals 64; Scout 72).
Best in class: WR Shay Fields, Bellflower, Calif.
Best of the rest: TE Dylan Keeney, Granite Bay, Calif., DE Terran Hasselbach, Parker, Colo.
Late addition: ATH Jay MacIntyre, Boulder, Colo.
One that got away: OL Elijah Rodriguez, Houston.
NOTE: DE Terran Hasselbach, a 6-foot-1, 235-pounder from Regis High School in Parker, Colo., is the son of former Denver Broncos DL Harald Hasselbach. Terran had 11 sacks, 35 hurries, four forced fumbles and three pass breakups as a senior - his only year of high school football. He was in a near-fatal car accident with his father right before the start of the freshman football season in 2010 and wasn't cleared until his junior year, but a fluke shoulder injury sidelined him until his senior season.
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OREGON
National rankings (Rivals 26; Scout 22).
Best in class: RB Royce Freeman, Imperial, Calif.
Best of the rest: CB Arrion Springs, San Antonio.
Late addition: S Khalil Oliver, Meridian, Idaho, decided on Oregon despite late push from Washington.
One that got away: DB Budda Baker, Bellevue Wash., decided on Washington.
NOTE: Coach Mark Helfrich on the ones that got away: ''I'm sure my wife wishes she married George Clooney. ... She moved on. We will too.''
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OREGON STATE
National rankings (Rivals 49; Scout 48).
Best in class: defensive tackle Kalani Vakameilalo of Hawaii.
Best of the rest: Receiver Xavier Hawkins from Tennessee.
Late addition: Offensive lineman Kammy Delp of Pomona, Calif., decommitted from Arizona State.
One that got away: RB Harris Ross of Pittsburg, Calif., has not qualified academically, but still plans to enroll.
NOTE: Mike Riley: ''The beauty of this class was there were no surprises.''
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
National rankings (Rivals 10; Scout 10).
Best in class: CB-WR Adoree Jackson, Gardena, Calif.
Best of the rest: OG Damien Mama, Bellflower, Calif.; WR Rahshead Johnson, Long Beach, Calif.; CB Jonathan Lockett, Santa Ana, Calif.; LB Olajuwon Tucker, Gardena, Calif.; TE Bryce Dixon, Ventura, Calif.
Late addition: S Juju Smith, Long Beach, Calif.
One that got away: LB Fred Warner, Mission Hills, Calif.
NOTE: ''All in all, it was a fascinating process to have about a month where it was an absolute dead period in recruiting. To finish the way we did a 2 1/2 week span was really incredible.'' - Steve Sarkisian
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STANFORD
National rankings (Rivals 14; Scout 15).
Best in class: Solomon Thomas, DE.
Best of the rest: Keller Chryst, QB, Palo Alto (Calif.); Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham (South Jordan, Utah); Casey Tucker, OT, Hamilton (Gilbert, Ariz.).
Late addition: Thomas.
One that got away: Uriah Leiataua, DE, Dominguez, Compton, Calif. (BYU).
NOTE: Stanford filled a major hole on its defensive line with Thomas. The Cardinal also made their biggest marks at the most important offensive positions with Chryst, Schultz, Tucker and running back Christian McCaffrey. The only real downer on the day was losing Leiataua, who had been verbally committed to Stanford for a month until signing with BYU.
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UCLA
National rankings (Rivals 18; Scout 19).
Best in class: DB Jaleel Wadood, Bellflower, Calif.
Best of the rest: LB Zach Whitley, Galena Park, Texas; WR Austin Roberts, Carmel, Ind.; WR Alex Van Dyke, Roseville, Calif.; DB Adarius Pickett, El Cerrito, Calif.
Late addition: LB Kenny Young, River Ridge, La.
One that got away: S Budda Baker, Bellevue, Wash.
NOTE: The Bruins signed three sets of high school teammates, including Wadood and DE Jacob Tuioti-Mariner from St. John Bosco High School in nearby Bellflower.
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UTAH
National rankings (Rivals 68; Scout 72)
Best in class: OL, Jackson Barton, Cottonwood Heights, Utah
Best of the rest: QB, Donovan Isom, Destrehan, La.
Late addition: DB D.J. Law, Haines City, Fla.
One that got away: TE, Dalton Schultz, South Jordan, Utah
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WASHINGTON
National rankings (Rivals 38; Scout 38).
Best in class: Budda Baker, DB, Bellevue, Wash. The AP state player of the year in Washington was originally committed to Oregon, but decided he wanted to play closer to home. Major coup for Chris Petersen in his first season.
Best of the rest: DL Kaleb McGary, QB K.J. Carta-Samuels, CB Naijiel Hale, TE Drew Sample, DT Greg Gaines.
Late addition: Baker capped the recruiting class with his announcement on Tuesday night on local TV of his decision to stay at home.
One that got away: Jonathan Lockett, CB. Lockett was originally committed to Washington but followed Steve Sarkisian to USC.
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WASHINGTON STATE
National rankings (Rivals 68, Scout 59)
Best in class: Peyton Bender, QB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ''What I liked best is his best games are ahead of him,'' coach Mike Leach said. ''He steadily improves.''
Best of the rest: Nick Begg, TE, Santa Margarita, Calif.; Squally Canada, RB, Milpitas, Calif.; Calvin Green, WR, Sacramento, Calif.; Deion Singleton, S, Pasco, Wash.
Late addition: ''This class had the fewest surprises of any I've been involved in recruiting,'' Leach said. ''This thing was wrapped up by 11 o'clock.''
 

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