This is the chart that they created today on ESPNU to compare how USC went from having what was considered the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation back on Nov. 8 based on verbal commitments — with UCLA around No. 18 — down to where the lines have been crossed after the list of de-commitments have come to fruition.
ESPNU has UCLA ranked No. 12 in its list of recruiting classes, with 10 of their top 300 players committed. USC is No. 14. It also had Washington at No. 18, Oregon at No. 26 and Cal at No. 30.
“UCLA knows — they’ve got a window here,” said Tom Luginbill, ESPN’s national recruiting director. “There’s a window that is taking place — and don’t it’s just UCLA, they just happen to be in close proximity of USC — that Oregon and Washington are trying to take advantage here.”
If FoxSportsNext.com were to create a chart, it would look more dramatic. The latest rankings from that service has UCLA No. 4 behind Ohio State, Michigan and Alabama, with USC suspiciously at No. 17.