The Mountain West conference -- or, as I like to call it, "the old WAC" -- has always been a high-flying, pass-happy conference with great offensive skill players. But a lack of defensive production has always prevented its conference members from earning respect on a national scale. The addition of TCU and the great resurgence of the Utah Utes have provided the conference with the national spotlight recently, and deservedly so.
Every Mountain West school has a recruiting presence in the state of California, particularly Utah, BYU, Colorado State and UNLV. Each program will have significant verbal commitments from within its own state, but there are enough good football players in California to fuel the three top conferences in the West (Pac-10, WAC and Mountain West).