The state of California in the 2018 recruiting class

The state of California in the 2018 recruiting class

The state of California in the 2018 recruiting class

Breaking down the top prospects from California and highlighting the teams that did the best job recruiting the Golden State.

Brandon Huffman

By now, you know which teams topped the 247Sports Team Composite and who the big winners were on National Signing Day. But let's take a step back and look at some of the battleground states that make or break recruiting classes and build national championship rosters. Earlier today, we rolled out breakdowns of Florida and Texas. But right now let's dive into the state of California.

Top247 players and who they signed with:

QB JT Daniels, USC

WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC

CB Olaijah Griffin, USC

CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart, USC

QB Tanner McKee, Stanford

ILB Solomon Tuliaupupu, USC

Jaiden Woodbey, Florida State

Justin Dedich, USC

WR Marquis Spiker, Washington

QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss

WR Devon Williams, USC

ILB Jack Lamb, Notre Dame

ATH Bryan Addison, UCLA

DT Tyler Manoa, UCLA

QB Jack Tuttle, Utah

DE Abdul-Malik McClain, USC

DT Tuli Letuligasenoa, Washington

OLB Merlin Robertson, Arizona State

OLB Raymond Scott, USC

Jevon Holland, Oregon

OT Tommy Brown, Alabama

OG Chris Murray, UCLA

Stephan Blaylock, UCLA

CB Chase Williams, USC

Aashari Crosswell, Arizona State

OLB Bo Calvert, UCLA

Julius Irvin, Washington

WR Isaah Crocker, Oregon

WR Kyle Philips, UCLA

WR Chris Olave, Ohio State

DE Jeremiah Martin, Texas A&M

OT Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame

Steve Stephens, Oregon

WR Michael Wilson, Stanford

WR Austin Osborne, Washington

Which out-of-state school had the most success in California

Washington signed four of the Top247 prospects in California, While Oregon signed three Top247 prospects. Notre Dame signed a pair of Californians.

Strengths of the class

The receiver class in California was excellent, led by the No. 2 receiver in the country, Amon-Ra St. Brown and joined by Marquis Spiker (Washingon), Devon Williams (USC), Isaah Crocker (Oregon), Kyle Philips (UCLA), Chris Olave (Ohio State), Michael Wilson (Stanford) and Austin Osborne (Washington).

It was also a good year at safety, headlined by Florida State signee Jaiden Woodbey and his St. John Bosco teammate Stephan Blaylock (UCLA), future Oregon teammates Jevon Holland and Steve Stephens, Washington signee Julius Irvin and Arizona State pledge Aashari Crosswell.

Weaknesses of the class

It was a really down year for California running backs, a year after arguably the top 1-2 punch in state history of Najee Harris and Stephen Carr. Once T.J. Pledger moved to IMG Academy, the West lacked a Top247 running back in the class.

Which area of the state produced the best talent

Orange County had the most signees, with the top three players all prepping in the O.C. and four of the top six. In all, 10 Orange County prospects made the Top247, including four from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, USC signees Amon-Ra St. Brown and J.T. Daniels and offensive linemen Tommy Brown (Alabama) and Chris Murray (UCLA).

FBS QBs and where they’re headed

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei QB JT Daniels, USC

Corona (Calif.) Centennial QB Tanner McKee, Stanford

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills QB Jack Tuttle, Utah

Three gems

QB JT Daniels, USC. The Gatorade National Player of the Year, Daniels led Mater Dei to a CIF State Open Division Championship and a mythical national championship as a junior, then reclassified to the 2018 class, started the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and won that.

WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC. The favorite target of Daniels, St. Brown was the top prospect in the region in this class, until Daniels reclassified, and may be the best of the St. Brown brothers, which includes likely 2018 draft choice Equanimeous St. Brown and Stanford freshman Osiris St. Brown.

CB Olaijah Griffin, USC. After having his prep career end in a loss to Mater Dei, and Daniels and St. Brown, Griffin will get to join forces with them in college. The versatile corner was one of the most dynamic players in the Southland this year and was an electric punt and kick returner.