Every Pac-12 squad's best signee from the opening day of the Early Signing Period
The Class of 2022 Early Signing Period kicked off bright and early Wednesday morning, and letters of intent were rolling in all throughout the day.
From the big names in the Pac-12, the classes were smaller than normal. Oregon has just 12 commits, USC and Washington each had just 6 as they make their way through coaching transitions. At the end of the day, it was Stanford sitting atop the league in terms of class ranking, sitting 15th nationally in the 247 Composite with 7 4-star prospects.
Lots can and likely will still change before the February signing period, or before this early window closes for that matter. For now, though, here’s a look at the top recruit each Pac-12 side signed on Day 1 of the Early Signing Period.
Arizona — Keyan Burnett, 4-star TE
Wildcat tight ends caught just 16 passes in 2021. And for a passing game that generated the 2nd-fewest plus-20 yard completions in the league despite the 2nd-most attempts, they’re in need of playmakers. Enter Keyan Burnett. The 6-foot-4 Anaheim native had 34 catches for 574 yards and 6 scores during his senior season. He’s the 6th-best prospect at his position, the 14th-ranked recruit from the talent-rich state of California, and a top-200 player overall, per the 247 Composite.
— Arizona Football (@ArizonaFBall) December 15, 2021
Arizona State — Tevin White, 4-star RB
Rachaad White is off to the NFL, and there’s only 1 scholarship back left on the roster after a transfer from DeaMonte Trayanum. The Sun Devils will be looking for a new lead back, and with Tevin White expected as a mid-year enrollee, the 2022 signee should get a decent shot at winning the job. The 4-star is the 18th-ranked player at his position, the 10th-best prospect from Virginia, and No. 214 overall, per the 247 Composite.
— Sun Devil Football (@ASUFootball) December 15, 2021
California — Jaydn Ott, 4-star RB
Jaydn Ott left the class earlier this fall only to rejoin the fold on Wednesday. He’s one of 2 backs in the Bears’ 2022 class and should make life interesting for running backs coach Aristotle Thompson this offseason as Cal tries to find a new lead back. Ott ran for 1,140 yards and 17 scores on just 114 carries as a senior for Norco High School. He’s the 25th-ranked player in his state and at his position, as well as the 285th-ranked player in his class, per the 247 Composite.
— Cal Football (@CalFootball) December 16, 2021
Colorado — Dylan Dixson, 3-star S
Dylan Dixson had been committed to the Buffs since February. Now he’s all-in. The Pearland, Texas, native was a District 23-6A first-team selection at OLB as a sophomore and then a second-team All-District pick at safety as a junior. The 6-foot-2 safety had 86 tackles (3 TFLs) with 3 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, and a forced fumble as a senior. He’s the 50th-ranked player at his position and No. 578 overall, per the 247 Composite.
Got a 𝙗𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙝𝙖𝙬𝙠 coming to Folsom Field in '22
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) December 15, 2021
Oregon — Jalil Tucker, 4-star CB
Jalil Tucker has a 6-foot frame, length, athleticism, and track speed. Perfect duck. He’s ranked as the 8th-best prospect from California, the 17-best corner in his class, and the 141st overall prospect, per the 247 Composite. On its own, 247 views Tucker as a top-70 recruit nationally. Maybe there’s a pathway to early playing time; a new coach means level ground for everyone.
— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) December 15, 2021
Oregon State — Mathias Malaki-Donaldson, 3-star EDGE
Everyone needs an edge rusher, the hottest position in football. Oregon State certainly feels like it has a potential Day 1 impact player in edge rusher Mathias Malaki-Donaldson. The California native stuck with the Beavers after a late push from USC to land his services. He’s the 33rd-ranked player at his position, the 34-ranked player in the state of California, and the 451st overall prospect, per the 247 Composite.
The newest member of the linebacking corps.
— Oregon State Football (@BeaverFootball) December 15, 2021
Stanford — David Bailey, 4-star EDGE
A long, athletic pass-rusher with unlimited upside is how 247’s national recruiting analyst would describe David Bailey. The 6-foot-3 edge rusher from powerhouse Mater Dei spurned USC to play for the Cardinal. Bailey is the 5th-best prospect in the state of California, the 8th-best edge prospect, and 71st overall, per the 247 Composite. He showed out during his senior, with 14.5 sacks in 12 games.
Got. Our. Guy. Let's go, David!
— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) December 15, 2021
UCLA — Kamari Ramsey, 4-star S
Kamari Ramsey flipped from Stanford to UCLA in the last week and immediately answered one of the Bruins’ biggest questions going into the offseason. UCLA was veteran in the secondary this season, and Ramsey provides some depth with lots of upside and even more eligibility going forward. Ramsey is the 10th-ranked California prospect, the 12th-ranked safety, and 165th overall, per the 247 Composite.
— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) December 15, 2021
USC — Raleek Brown, 5-star RB
The Mater Dei running back was an Oklahoma commit until Lincoln Riley came to town. Raleek Brown followed Riley from Norman to Southern Cal. He’s the No. 2 player in the state of California and at his position, as well as the 33rd overall prospect, per the 247 Composite. He’s one of the best prospects in the country, plain and simple. The 5-foot-8 back ran for 1,062 yards and 12 scores on 132 carries as a senior.
— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 15, 2021
Utah — Lander Barton, 4-star LB
The Utes rolled to a Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl berth in part thanks to one of the stingier defenses in football. The linebacker corps for Utah is one of the more consistent groups year-over-year, and with Lander Barton joining the fold that trend looks to continue. He’s the 22nd-ranked linebacker prospect in the class and 203rd overall, per the 247 Composite. Barton produced more than 100 tackles in each of his final 3 high school seasons while producing 31 TFLs, 12 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 6 interceptions, and 4 pass breakups over the same time.
It's a family tradition for the Barton Family to play at Utah, and we couldn't be more excited to add the youngest of the crew to the #UBoyz.
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) December 15, 2021
Washington — Germie Bernard, 4-star WR
Germie Bernard put up 956 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. He averaged 18 yards a catch. Liberty High School gave him 37 carries, too, with which he put up another 452 yards of offense (12.2 per carry) and 4 scores. Bernard stuck with UW through thick and thin, staying committed for more than a year. He’s the 33rd-ranked player at his position and 220th overall, per the 247 Composite. The 6-foot-2 wideout gives UW a 4-star wideout in 6 straight classes, and he gives new coach Kalen DeBoer a big-play threat to work with in his debut season.
OFFICIALLY A DAWG!
— Washington Football (@UW_Football) December 15, 2021
Washington State — Andre Dollar, 3-star TE
On the eve of signing day, Andre Dollar flipped from Oregon to the Cougars. The 6-foot-6 pass-catcher from Mustang, Oklahoma, is the only tight end in the class so far, but he gives Wazzu a huge target. Dollar is the 12th-ranked player in the state of Oklahoma and the 23rd-ranked tight end prospect. He’s rated as the 480th player overall, per the 247 Composite.
Coug Nation, welcome 𝘈𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘦 𝘋𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘳 to the family!
— Washington State Football (@WSUCougarFB) December 15, 2021