I have just completed my annual odyssey to California, up and down and criss-crossing the state for five days and 3,000 miles. Year in and year out, Los Angeles and southern California is the best area in the country for football talent. And the class of 2010 is better than normal.
Notre Dame is a major presence here with chief recruiter Brian Polian, who recruited the Irish's top three players in the class of 2009. Under coach Charlie Weis, Notre Dame is making its presence felt in Los Angeles as it did in the 1960s.
Michigan, Penn State, Minnesota and even Indiana are here. Northwestern is recruiting several top-flight academic players. But Illinois isn't visible. I'm surprised that the Big 10 isn't move visible in southern California but the conference appears to be concentrating more on Florida and Texas.