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This article covers the five best transfer portal recruiting classes in the Pac-12 thus far in the recruiting cycle. 


Colorado

After a 1-11 season, Colorado needed a spark. They got exactly that when they hired head coach Deion Sanders. Sanders has been tearing it up on the recruiting trail, both in the high school ranks, as well as the transfer portal. They've received over 20 transfers so far. Big names like Travis Hunter, Miles Slusher, and Kyndrich Breedlove make up the new and improved Colorado secondary. The Buffs are grabbing players left and right at seemingly every position. This is the best class so far in the Pac-12. Other notable names include Shedeur Sanders, Seydou Traore, and Yousef Mugharbil.

Dec 8, 2022; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders enters the Coors Events Center before the start of the second half against the Colorado State Rams.

Dec 8, 2022; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders enters the Coors Events Center before the start of the second half against the Colorado State Rams.


Southern California

Ever since Lincoln Riley took over at USC, the Trojans have been one of the best portal recruiting teams in the sport, and this year, it's no different. They are patching some holes on the defensive side of the ball with some highly talented players, such as Mason Cobb, Jack Sullivan, and Anthony Lucas. They've also added some weapons on the offensive side of the ball. Dorian Singer and MarShawn Lloyd are some names you may recognize. Overall, this USC transfer class is really good, and if they had just a few more players, they would likely be number one over Colorado.

Jan 2, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; USC Trojans head coach Lincoln Riley reacts before the game against the Tulane Green Wave in the 2023 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium.

Jan 2, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; USC Trojans head coach Lincoln Riley reacts before the game against the Tulane Green Wave in the 2023 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium.

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UCLA

UCLA has put together a great transfer class this cycle. It is one of the most balanced classes in the conference, and it is filled with talent. For starters, they brought in former Kent State QB Collin Schlee. Whether he will start over Dante Moore is yet to be seen, but even if he doesn't, Schlee will provide remarkable depth in the QB room. In addition, they've brought in several difference makers on the defensive side of the ball. UCLA will be a pretty good team next year in what is looking to be a pretty deep PAC-12 conference. 

Nov 12, 2022; Pasadena, California, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly calls a play in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats at the Rose Bowl.

Nov 12, 2022; Pasadena, California, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly calls a play in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats at the Rose Bowl.


Oregon

Dan Lanning had a good first year at Oregon, reaching ten wins and contending for the PAC-12 championship. In year two, they're looking to take that a step further, and they are laying the foundation on the recruiting trail and in the transfer portal. They didn't target the offensive side of the ball much, but what they did get there is pretty good. Offensive lineman Junior Angilau should have a day-one impact for the Ducks. Defensively, they brought in quite a bit of talent, including Jordan Burch, Connor Soelle, and Jestin Jacobs. Other notable names include Traeshon Holden and Keyonteze Johnson.

Oct 23, 2021; Pasadena, California, USA; Oregon Ducks mascot Puddles leads players onto the field before the game against the UCLA Bruins Rose Bowl.

Oct 23, 2021; Pasadena, California, USA; Oregon Ducks mascot Puddles leads players onto the field before the game against the UCLA Bruins Rose Bowl.


Washington

This last spot was a tightly contested race between Arizona State and Washington, however, I chose the Huskies. Although they had fewer transfers, the ones that they did get will have a far larger impact. Jabbar Muhammad and Germie Bernard headline the class, and could see a significant role from day one. The Huskies did a good job in adding some weapons for star QB Michael Penix Jr. including, but not limited to Josh Cuevas, Dillon Johnson, and Daniyel Ngata. The Huskies added lots of meaningful players in the portal this cycle, and are my pre-season pick to win the Pac-12. 

Sep 17, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) celebrates with fans following a 39-28 victory against the Michigan State Spartans at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.

Sep 17, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) celebrates with fans following a 39-28 victory against the Michigan State Spartans at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.