College Football Recruiting Recruiting Rankings 2012: USC, UCLA Have Top 15 Classes In Strong Day For Pac-12

Wednesday was busy day for college football, and a productive day for both Lane Kiffin and Jim Mora. On National Signing Day, both the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins secured recruiting classes rated somewhere in the top 15, as rated by Bud Elliott at SB Nation.

Mora brought in 26 players in his first class with the Bruins, plus two more players who enrolled early, for a total of 28 new Bruins. Five-star defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy was the signature recruit for UCLA, which was ranked No. 15 by Elliott, who combined his own ranking with four other rating services.

Kiffin was limited by scholarship sanctions to only bringing in 15 players, and Kiffin went even lower, with a class of just 12, leaving room to bring in 18 players in 2013. But 11 of the 12 players who signed with USC were rated four stars or higher by Rivals, giving the Trojans one of the top bang-for-your-buck classes, and No. 10 overall.

The highlights for USC were on offense, with wide receiver Nelson Agholor of Tampa, Florida joining fellow five-star recruits Zach Banner and Jordan Simmons, both offensive linemen.

The Stanford Cardinal, buoyed by one of the best offensive line recruiting classes in some time, is the highest rated Pac-12 Conference team, coming in at No. 7 overall. The Oregon Ducks checked in with the No. 18 recruiting class, while the Washington Huskies were No. 21. All in all, not a bad day for the Pac-12 in adding talent.

For more news and notes on USC recruiting, be sure to visit Conquest Chronicles. For more information about UCLA recruiting, Bruins Nation is the place to be. For wall-to-wall coverage of National Signing Day 2012, be sure to check in with SB Nation's recruiting hub.

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