Every Pac-12 Football Team's Ace 2015 Recruiter
The Pac-12 is not just about sunshine and throwing the football. Its recruiting trail is fiercely competitive, with the state of California serving as the main source of talent for the conference.
Each head coach in the Pac-12 must assemble his coaching staff with a great balance of on-field tutors and skilled recruiters. Each staff in the league has at least one ace recruiter, and they're starting to shine in 2015 recruiting.
UCLA's offensive line coach is a respected recruiter on the trail. A former Pac-12 head coach is doing well recruiting for Utah, plus California's running backs coach has already lured a powerful runner to Berkeley.
Ace recruiter: Charlie Ragle
Handling special teams and coaching tight ends for Arizona is Charlie Ragle. He does a good job with his assignments, but he's currently starring on the recruiting trail.
The Wildcats have 12 commitments, and Ragle is responsible for their headliner in 4-star offensive tackle Keenan Walker. He also secured a commitment from 3-star tight end Jamie Nunley, whom he will personally coach at Arizona.
Look for Ragle to get a few more commitments to boost 'Zona's class.
Ace recruiter: Mike Norvell
Arizona State has eight commitments, and Mike Norvell is responsible for three of them. He coaches quarterbacks and helps coordinate the offense for head coach Todd Graham, but Norvell is also a skilled recruiter.
The Sun Devils' class is led by 4-star quarterback Brady White, who was recruited by Norvell. He also got 3-star quarterback Bryce Perkins and 3-star receiver Alfred Smith to announce they would be playing in Tempe.
Norvell is currently assisting in the recruitment of 4-star receiver Trent Irwin, who is White's high school teammate.
Ace recruiter: Pierre Ingram
California's class is spread evenly among its recruiters, so this was a tough call. However, the nod goes to running backs coach Pierre Ingram.
The Middle Tennessee State alum is responsible for the commitment of underrated 3-star running back Lonny Powell. At 6'1" and 230 pounds, Powell figures to bring some power to the Bears' finesse offense.
Ace recruiter: Klayton Adams
During the fall, Klayton Adams tutors running backs in Boulder. However, he maximizes his value to his coaching staff by getting after it on the recruiting trail.
Colorado has just three pledges, but Adams is the man credited for the commitment of 3-star linebacker Nu'umotu Falo, the top player in the group. Adams is also in charge of recruiting uncommitted 4-star tight end Tyler Petite and 3-star guard Tyler Whisenhunt.
Ace recruiter: Steve Greatwood
With only five commitments, Oregon has a small class at the moment. However, offensive line coach Steve Greatwood is responsible for two of the group's pledges.
Greatwood is helping in the recruitment of 3-star athlete Cameron Scarlett, plus he is the primary contact in Eugene for 4-star offensive linemen such as Zack Bailey, Conner Dyer, Henry Roberts and Andre James.
Ace recruiter: Trent Bray
Oregon State rarely gets off to quick starts in recruiting, so it's not surprising it has a small class of only four commitments right now.
However, linebackers coach Trent Bray has built half of the group himself. Bray already has convinced 3-star linebacker Kyle Haley and 2-star linebacker Tyrin Ferguson that OSU is the best place for them.
Bray's current top target is 3-star safety Kahlil Haughton, who hails from Texas.
Ace recruiter: Lance Anderson
Stanford values Lance Anderson's recruiting skills so much that head coach David Shaw allows Anderson to coordinate the Cardinal's recruiting plan each year.
Stanford has four pledges, with Anderson being responsible for two. Arrington Farrar, a 4-star athlete from Atlanta, and 3-star linebacker Christian Folau are prospects who were recruited by Anderson.
Ace recruiter: Adrian Klemm
Adrian Klemm coaches offensive linemen for UCLA, but he may be more important to the Bruins in his role as recruiting coordinator.
Klemm has established himself as one of the best recruiters in the nation, and he's up to his old tricks in 2015 recruiting. He is credited for the commitments of 4-star tight end Aliz'e Jones and 4-star guard Tevita Halalilo.
He also is the primary recruiter for the uncommitted 5-star defensive lineman Rasheem Green.
USC's coaching staff is made up of several assistants who can be considered ace recruiters. Tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo, linebackers coach Peter Sirmon and offensive coordinator Clay Helton are all deserving.
However, tops for the Trojans right now are receivers coach Tee Martin and defensive line coach Chris Wilson. Martin got 5-star offensive tackle Chuma Edoga, 4-star offensive tackle Roy Hemsley and 3-star cornerback Taeon Mason to commit to playing in Troy.
Wilson was in on Edoga while also securing a pledge from 4-star defensive tackle Jacob Daniel.
Per Lauren Jones of the DailyTrojan.com, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said the following on Jan. 14:
“The focus starts in Southern California, but we will reach across the country. We’ve got a brand that can reach from the West Coast to the East Coast and everything in between.”
Ace recruiter: Dennis Erickson
Dennis Erickson has been around the block a few times in the Pac-12, so he obviously knows how to navigate the conference's recruiting trail. Erickson has been the head coach at Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona State.
Now the offensive coordinator at Utah, Erickson has contributed three commitments to the Utes' six-man class. Offensive lineman Jake Grant, JUCO receiver Brandon Snell and athlete Donzale Roddie are 3-star prospects who will help head coach Kyle Whittingham.
Erickson will certainly continue using his old recruiting contacts to find prospects.
Ace recruiter: Jonathan Smith
Washington only has three commitments, but Jonathan Smith is responsible for the Huskies' biggest 2015 commitment.
Jake Browning, a 4-star quarterback from California, is set to be a Dawg thanks to Smith. The two will work closely together in Seattle, as Smith coaches quarterbacks and coordinates the offense for head coach Chris Petersen.
Smith is also the primary recruiter for coveted 4-star offensive tackle and Washington native Henry Roberts.
Ace recruiter: Eric Russell
Eric Russell is the associate head coach and special teams coordinator at Washington State. He also has gotten two solid commitments for the Cougars, who have six total pledges.
Running back Austin Joyner and defensive tackle Thomas Toki are 4-star prospects who are the top players in Wazzu's class. Russell served as WSU's primary recruiter for both of them, and he surely will be asked to go after several remaining critical targets by head coach Mike Leach.