Pac-12 coaches will have plenty of opportunity to show they can spin a loss into recruiting momentum on the trail this week, as five of the six conference home teams suffered defeats, and several of those programs had many important visitors on hand.
The surprise result of the weekend had to be Utah's complete domination of Oregon in Eugene. Making matters worse for the Ducks was the fact that this might turn out to be the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for Oregon, as at least six uncommitted prospects were scheduled to be on hand for official visits, including ESPN 300 prospects Rahshaun Smith, Prince Sammons, Michael Divinity and Aaron Hansford. Oregon coaches are likely hopeful that the environment, campus and a potential "We need you out there" recruiting pitch could be enough to sway that group in the face of a lopsided loss on the field. But no surprise, the pregame atmosphere proved to be a hit with Smith.
It's Lit 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ApDhQoHvJU— Humble & Hungry 〽️ (@Nextlevel_shaq) September 27, 2015
The Washington Huskies had an opportunity to impress two prospects from Arizona, as ESPN 300 wide receiver N'Keal Harry and ESPN 300 cornerback Byron Murphy were in town. Washington also hosted fellow Arizona ESPN 300 prospect Chase Lucas earlier this year, so the Huskies are looking to make their presence felt in the Grand Canyon State.
Arizona State also put plenty of eggs in this weekend's basket and is hoping to remain in play for a number of impact prospects despite a big loss. ESPN 300 defensive backs Jack Jones, Lamar Jackson and Jordan Parker were in town, as well as teammates Dillon Sterling-Cole -- an Arizona State commit -- and wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland. The prospects were afforded an opportunity to pose in the Sun Devils jerseys. Here's Jones modeling his.
The Sun Devils also hosted plenty of 2017 talent, including ESPN Junior 300 defensive tackle Greg Rogers.