Football recruiting: Bay Area high school players who signed early

Here are the local high school players who have made their college commitments official during the NCAA’s new early signing period for football, which began Wednesday and runs through Friday. The list will be updated as players sign.

DB Tariq Bracy, Milpitas, Notre Dame

DL Cade Hall, Bellarmine, San Jose State

DT Isaac Hodgins, Berean Christian, Oregon State

Athlete Patrick Nunn, Serra, Washington State

Excited to hear that Tariq’s letter is official!

Our roster just added a dynamic playmaker to the fold.#IrishBouND18

— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) December 20, 2017

Signed. Sealed. Delivered. He’s Irish.@BracyTariq is a speedy skill player hailing from the West Coast who will have an impact in the backfield.
#GoIrish ☘ #IrishBouND18

— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 20, 2017

Check out some highlights of signee Patrick Nunn!#GoCougs #AirRaid #SpeedD #Forces#JoinTheHunt

— WSU Cougar Football (@wsucougfb) December 20, 2017

We are happy to have @hodgins_isaac officially part of the @BeaverFootball family! He’s explosive, quick off the ball, and holds his school record for career tackles. #GoBeavs #BTD18

— Jonathan Smith (@Coach_Smith) December 20, 2017

#GoBeavs is a family ✊ Give a big welcome to @hodgins_isaac! #BTD18

— Oregon State Football (@BeaverFootball) December 20, 2017

Making it Official 👌#NationalSigningDay #spartanup

— Cade Hall (@cade_hall97) December 20, 2017

Check back throughout the signing period for updates.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

Pac-12 basketball power ratings: Bad losses mount, opportunities loom as conference play approaches


The rough outline of the Pac-12’s postseason picture is almost complete, and it’s not an encouraging sight.

One week left in non-conference play, and the results to date have carried more woe than wonder.

USC’s home-cooked cratering Tuesday to sub-.500 Princeton is merely the latest in a lineup of stumbles that will haunt the conference through Selection Sunday.

(On the bright side: UCLA beat South Dakota by three!)

* The Pac-12 has 15 losses to the Big Sky, Big West, West Coast Conference and Mountain West.

* Its non-conference winning percentage (70.1) is the lowest since 2011, when it sent just two teams to the NCAAs.

* Half the teams are sub-100 in the NCAA’s latest RPI.

* The Arizona schools are tournament-bound (barring collapses), but the rest of the conference is bubble sitting, at best.

And as we cast an eye forward …

The opportunities to alter the trajectory are few.

The Pac-12 has just five games remaining against power conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC) or top non-power opponents.

(It could be six, depending on USC’s opponents in the Diamond Head Classic this weekend.)

Washington State vs. Kansas State
Arizona vs. UConn
Stanford vs Kansas
Colorado vs Iowa
UCLA vs Kentucky

Otherwise, all remaining matchups are of the high-risk, low-reward variety: Wins won’t change the narrative, but losses would add to the carnage.

Once round-robin play begins late next week, that’s it — no more non-conference games.

1. Arizona State (11-0)
Last week: 1
Results: Beat Vanderbilt 76-64 and Longwood 95-61
Next up: vs. Pacific (Friday)
Comment: In case you hadn’t looked ahead, the Sun Devils open the conference season against … Arizona. (That would be lower-ranked Arizona, by the way.)

2. Arizona (9-3)
Last week: 2
Results: Won at New Mexico 89-73, beat North Dakota State 83-53
Next up: vs. Connecticut (Thursday)
Comment: Final game before Christmas break has been treacherous for the Wildcats for decades.

3. Washington (9-3)
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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