McLaughlin: Preseason Pac-12 Football Recruiting Update

Spencer is joined by John Garcia Jr., director of recruiting for Sports Illustrated

Posted on August 26, 2022

  By Spencer McLaughlin of Locked on Pac-12 for SuperWest Sports


When UCLA Football coach Chip Kelly burst onto the scene at Oregon in the early 2010s, he was never known as a high-level recruiter.

With expectations higher than ever entering his fifth season with the Bruins, Chip Kelly will need to deliver the on-field results to maintain job security—because the 2023 recruiting pursuits have been slow moving.

Is it enough to compete each year with minimal recruiting success and focusing on the transfer portal?

On today’s episode of Locked On Pac-12, I’m joined by John Garcia Jr., director of recruiting for Sports Illustrated.

After some notable losses via the transfer portal ahead of the 2022 season, Colorado and HC Karl Dorrell are sitting in the middle of the Pac in the 2023 recruiting battle.

That is largely due to having a high volume of players, but that may be just what the Buffs need to regain their competitiveness in the Conference.

John gives an update on USC and Oregon’s pursuit of a highly coveted 2023 prospect, 5-star EDGE Matayo Uiagalelei.

Four-star DL Caleb Bryant verbally decommitted from Utah, where could he and up, and are the Utes still in his sights?

Plus, Oregon 5-star WR commit Jurrion Dickey is someone the Ducks need to continue to recruit as other teams set their sights on flipping his future plans.

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