Here come the Huskies on the recruiting trail

When it comes to recruiting rankings in the Pac-12, the pecking order has been fairly set. Since 2006, USC has signed the conference’s top class in all but two years. Not surprisingly, fellow recruiting powers Stanford and UCLA took the top spots in 2012 and 2013, respectively, and those programs pulled in the conference’s top three classes this past February. Arizona State and Oregon have both jumped into the Pac-12’s top three classes in the last three years, but there’s another program that could take a step forward and land among the conference’s elite recruiters in the 2017 class.

Since Chris Petersen took over at Washington, the Huskies haven’t finished among the top 25 recruiting classes in the country. The 2014 group was No. 45 overall, while the 2015 and 2016 classes finished sixth and fifth in the conference. But if any program is poised to interrupt the usual suspects at the top of the conference recruiting rankings, it’s the Huskies.

Washington already holds commitments from three ESPN 300 prospects -- tied for the most in the conference -- and the Huskies seven total commitments are the second most in a conference that is typically much slower than others to rack up verbal pledges.