No idea if the "conference of quarterbacks" will have any elite ones in 2014-15, but it should have some pretty darn good offensive lines.

Pac-12 schools signed four of the top-seven guards in the country, based on the Scout rankings, along with four of the top-10 centers and three of the top-nine tackles.

And since I mentioned QBs: The Pac-12 signed three of the top eight, with one more out there.

Other thoughts ...

(I'll have more in coming days -- this is just the first wave of NLI reaction on the Hotline.)

  • Which Pac-12 school has the best class?

    I'm not sure there much difference between a class that's ranked 9th nationally, for example, and a class that's ranked 17th ... and it's wholly possible that a class that's ranked 50th turns out to be better than all of them (see: Stanford, 2008)

    But it seem clear, at this point, that Stanford, USC, UCLA and Oregon did very well for themselves.

    And that Washington, Cal, Colorado and Utah did OK (or a bit better than OK).

    Here's the breakdown of the league's highest-rated classes by the major services, with national rankings:

  • Scout

    6. Stanford

    11. UCLA

    15. Oregon

    20. USC

    22. Washington

  • ESPN

    12. Stanford

    13. USC

    18. Oregon

    19. UCLA

    22. Cal

    23. Washington

  • Rivals

    5. Stanford

    7. USC

    12. UCLA

    15. Oregon

    20. Washington

    24. Cal

  • Stanford stole the show Wednesday, corralling Andrus Peat, Kyle Murphy and Aziz Shittu in the final hours, with 5-star QB Jameis Winston still out there.


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    David Shaw, with his first full recruiting class, showed he can close with the best of them.

    But here's what makes Stanford's class a bit different: The primary reason it's so well regarded is the epic haul of offensive linemen, the position with the greatest lag time between arrival on campus and impact on the field.

    Linemen almost always redshirt, and even the best of them need 12-18 starts before making a significant impact.

    In other words, the full force of Stanford's class make take longer to materialize than that of its counterparts in Los Angeles and Eugene.

  • One of the most interesting stories, not only in the conference but the country, has been the rise and fall of Cal's class over the past few weeks.

    Despite all the negativity and the elite players who got away, the Bears put together a pretty decent class -- much better than many media reports (and the vibe from fans) would indicate.

    And if Zach Kline eventually becomes an all-conference quarterback, then Feb. 1, 2012 will be viewed in a highly favorable light by Old Blues everywhere.

  • At the same time, Jeff Tedford's comments about being behind the times when it comes to social media, while laudably honest, are an incredible indictment of Tedford and his staff.

    They are just realizing now that kids like to tweet? You have got to be kidding me.

    No way Cal fans are happy about this -- and they shouldn't be.

    It's inexcusable.

  • For those wondering when USC would feel the impact of NCAA sanctions, this is your week.

    The Trojans signed 15 players, per scholarship restrictions. But it was quite the 15-man class: 11 signees are rated four stars or better.

    Purely in terms of the quality, USC's recruits ranked first in the conference and fourth nationally behind Alabama, Texas and Florida State.

  • Maybe it was being a part of the Pac-12, or maybe it was Jon Embree's personal appeal with recruits, but Colorado was the league's biggest overachiever.

    Despite an awful season -- another awful season -- the Buffs signed a top-30 class that had a distinct Southern Californian tint to it. Expect more of that in coming years.

    (When the Buffs were a top-10 program, they were regularly pulling elite prospects out of SoCal.)

  • Utah also did well for itself. And we know that over the long haul Kyle Wittingham will get as much out of his talent as any coach in the conference.

  • Jim Mora's first class at UCLA has been ranked 11th by Scout.

    Rick Neuheisel's first class was ranked 1oth.

    Just sayin'.

    For more on college sports, see Jon Wilner's College Hotline at blogs.mercurynews.com/collegesports. Contact him at jwilner@mercurynews.com or 408-920-5716.