USC landed a 4-star recruit on Monday (receiver Puka Nacua) and is getting closer to potentially securing another.
The Trojans aren’t alone in 4-star defensive end Joshua Pakola‘s top 7, which he released on Tuesday night via Twitter. Count four additional Pac-12 schools in that group: Stanford, Washington, Oregon and UCLA.
— Joshua Pakola (@joshypakola) June 19, 2018
The No. 11 defensive end in America and No. 23 prospect from California hails from Mountain View, which is just southeast of Palo Alto, Calif., home of Stanford. Considering that, it’s fair to think the Cardinal have the inside track on landing Pakola. But the 6-foot-3, 257-pound defensive end is taking his time, looking at nearly half of the conference in an effort to find the best fit.
247Sports lists Oregon as having the next-best chance of earning Pakola’s commitment at 8 percent. But there’s a reason we mentioned USC at the start: Pakola makes his official visit to Los Angeles on Friday. And as anyone who has spent 48 hours in Los Angeles knows, it can be quite convincing.
The five listed Pac-12 schools are traditionally the conference’s strongest in recruiting, with UCLA seeing a boost from Chip Kelly, USC staying strong under Clay Helton, Oregon riding to prominence under Mario Cristobal, Stanford maintaining its reputation with David Shaw, and Chris Petersen scoring strong classes at Washington. Pakola will feel the love from all five schools (as well as Notre Dame and Georgia) before ultimately deciding on one.