10 Uncommitted 2015 Recruits Who Are Locks to Sign with Pac-12 Teams
All Pac-12 teams are hustling hard on the 2015 recruiting trail to sign the best players they can find. Among the top recruits in the country, several appear certain to sign with a Pac-12 school.
Whether reading between the lines, looking at their favorite schools or surveying their finalists, we can tell that the following recruits on this list are definitely headed to the Pac-12.
A quartet of 5-star prospects will sign with one of the Los Angeles programs, while Stanford could land a 4-star defensive back and a 4-star receiver.
Kanya Bell, WR
Hailing from the Diamond Bar area in Southern California, Kanya Bell is an explosive 4-star receiver who is best after the catch.
At 6'0" and 160 pounds, Bell's quickness, speed and natural elusiveness as a runner are remarkable. Although Texas A&M is under consideration, per 247Sports, Bell is likely to stay within the Pac-12's borders.
USC is at 100 percent in his 247Sports Crystal Ball, with UCLA and Oregon also being thick in the mix.
Frank Buncom IV, DB
Frank Buncom IV is a 4-star defensive back from San Diego who can play both safety and cornerback. The 6'1", 190-pounder can press receivers on the perimeter and also roam around to patrol the seams.
Buncom has schools such as Duke, Tennessee and Vanderbilt on him, according to 247Sports. However, he is just about a lock to stay out West. Stanford is at 100 percent in Buncom's 247Sports Crystal Ball, and UCLA is also a major player in his recruitment.
Trent Irwin, WR
Without a doubt, the receiver with the best hands in California this year is Trent Irwin. The 4-star prospect plays for Hart High School in the Santa Clarita Valley area of Southern California.
At 6'2" and 190 pounds, Irwin has deceptive speed and quickness. He runs crisp and disciplined routes, plus he is fabulous at attacking throws with his mitts on the move. Arizona State and Stanford are his top schools, per 247Sports.
Irwin will have to decide if he wants to join his teammate and 4-star quarterback Brady White in Tempe or head to play on The Farm.
Cordell Broadus, WR
Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas got a huge boost this offseason when 4-star receiver Cordell Broadus transferred in. Originally from Los Angeles, Broadus will form a dangerous pass-catching tandem with 4-star tight end and UCLA commit Aliz'e Jones.
Speaking of the Bruins, they are one of two prominent Pac-12 programs in Broadus' 247Sports Crystal Ball. The other key suitor for the 6'2" receiver is USC.
Broadus will likely listen to all schools that show interest in him, but the Bruins and Trojans will be the ones left standing when it comes time for him to make a decision.
DeChaun Holiday, DB
While he can play some cornerback, DeChaun Holiday is a better safety prospect. The 4-star recruit is 6'2" and 195 pounds, and he can really impact a secondary.
Holiday plays for Mission Hills High School in California, where his range, instincts and versatility have made him one of the top recruits in the state. Oklahoma is being considered, per 247Sports, but UCLA and USC take up almost all of Holiday's 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Look for him to become a Bruin.
Marvell Tell, S
Another talented safety in California is 4-star prospect Marvell Tell. The Southern California native packs more of a punch at the point of attack at 6'2" and 175 pounds than many think.
Tell can squeeze alleys from the back end versus running plays, and he isn't afraid to throw his body around. He also has no issues patrolling deep areas of the field versus passing plays.
John Houston, LB
At 6'3" and 211 pounds, John Houston is a bit light for a linebacker. However, not many second-level defenders have the 5-star recruit's speed, instincts and range.
Houston, who plays for powerhouse Serra High School in Southern California, can turn and run with ease. He fills holes with force, plus he can track ball-carriers to the edges thanks to great short-area explosiveness.
Keisean Lucier-South, DE/OLB
He may not be the best versus the run right now, but 5-star defensive end Keisean Lucier-South is one of the nation's top pass-rushers.
The 6'5", 225-pounder has explosive first-step quickness and great length to keep blockers off him during a rush. Although 247Sports says visits to Michigan and Notre Dame have been scheduled for this October, Lucier-South will play college football in the Pac-12.
It's awfully hard to imagine him not signing with UCLA.
Rasheem Green, DL
A 5-star defensive lineman, Rasheem Green has a ton of potential. He can dominate the edges at 6'5" and 275 pounds, but he could be even better in the future as a defensive tackle.
Green is another stud recruit from Serra High School in California. He has USC, UCLA and Oregon among his top schools, according to 247Sports.
While the Ducks are an intriguing option, Green's recruitment is widely expected to come down to USC and UCLA.
Iman Marshall, CB
Iman Marshall is a 5-star cornerback who could be an All-American in college. At 6'1" and 190 pounds, he combines excellent size for his position with great instincts, cover skills and strength.
Marshall is the latest in a long line of studs to come through national powerhouse Long Beach Poly High School in Southern California. Coaches from the likes of LSU, Michigan and Notre Dame are drooling over Marshall, says 247Sports.
The big cornerback will likely take some visits and hear everyone out, but he'll stay within the Pac-12. USC takes up almost all of his 247Sports Crystal Ball, with Stanford also in the mix. Plus, do not count out UCLA.
Marshall told the following to Adam Gorney of Rivals.com (subscription required) on July 14:
USC and UCLA are very strong in my recruiting process. I like what Jim Mora is doing with UCLA. They're going to be very strong and contending for a national championship this year. With USC, I'd like to see what they do this season. New coaches, a lot of top dudes are up there, they're doing their thing so I want to see how they play the young talent at SC.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.