Perhaps no program from the Pac-12 Conference has had as much success on the recruiting trail this past week, and the last month for that matter, than Arizona. The Wildcats, after all, have been able to land a handful of key commitments during the time span.
Tyler Whiley was one of many recruits to make Pac-12 Conference headlines this past week when the senior from Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Chaparral committed to Arizona State.
It appears as if the team has its dual-threat quarterback of the future in place following the decision of Brandon Dawkins. The Wildcats secured a pledge from the 6-foot-3 and 206-pound senior quarterback from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian on Thursday.
At one stage of the game, Dawkins appeared to be heading to Notre Dame. He attempted to commit to the Fighting Irish a few months ago. Plans changed as the program decided to go in another direction and DeShone Kizer Toledo (Oh.) Central Catholic was the best fit.
That opened up things for Arizona to eventually land the nation's No. 13 player at his position in the 247Sports Rankings. A recent visit from Dawkins apparently went well and helped to seal the deal for everyone involved. In fact, he will visit Tucson again on Saturday.
A few days before the Dawkins decision, on Tuesday, the Wildcats received another commitment. This time around, Jerod Cody from Glendale College (Ariz.) made the call. The 6-3 and 255-pounder is the country's No. 4 weak-side defensive end in the 247Sports Rankings.
That said, it's been a wild last couple of days for the Wildcats. A wild last month, starting off with a commitment from senior Naijiel Hale of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco on July 6. This past week was no different as Arizona remained hot on the recruiting scene.
HOME SWEET HOME
Tyler Whiley won't have to go far to play his college ball. Certainly not after the senior from Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Chaparral decided that Tempe was the place to be and committed to Arizona State on Tuesday despite having offers from a more than a few other schools.
The nation's No. 18 wide receiver in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Whiley recently narrowed his list down to Arizona, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and UCLA. Oklahoma was one of the last teams in the mix for the 6-1 and 190-pounder. The Sooners missed the cut though.
The opportunity to stay close to home, according to Whiley, and work on his craft in the nearby Pac-12 Conference turned out to be too good a deal to pass up. With the decision, the Sun Devils will welcome an individual capable of making an immediate impact at the next level.
CHANGE OF HEART
One-time UCLA commit Jermaine Eluemunor appeared to be under the impression that Westwood was no longer a good spot after choosing the Bruins back on June 10. And thus, the 6-6 and 300-pounder from Lackawanna College (Pa.) recently started talking with several schools.
That is, Eluemunor was exploring potential destinations until Friday. Supposedly with his mind made up, he gave a pledge to Arkansas. UCLA's loss is an obvious gain for the Razorbacks considering they are getting the country's No. 1 offensive tackle in the 247Sports Rankings.
The decision to spurn the Bruins has been in the works for a while. Ohio State was another team under consideration. In the end, however, Eluemunor picked the Razorbacks and said he was shutting down the recruiting process. It will be interesting to see if he follows through the plan.
PAC-12 CONFERENCE NOTES
Glyeb Ewing might not be the most well-known prospect in the game. His status, or lack thereof, didn't deter Oregon State from pursuing him and ultimately landing a commitment from the senior out of Waukon (Iowa). The 6-5 and 235-pounder is the nation's No. 79 player at the weak-side defensive end spot on the field in the 247Sports Rankings.
Michiah Quick is a hot commodity on the West Coast and the senior from Fresno (Calif.) Central East is firmly on the radar of Washington, UCLA and USC, among others. Thing is: The 6-foot and 170-pound wide receiver could pass on the Pac-12 Conference and play somewhere else. Notre Dame, for example, is as likely a destination as any.
Cal and UCLA were thought to have emerged as frontrunners for Jeffery Farrar. Arizona and Arizona State were also believed to have a legit chance to secure a pledge from the senior from Upland (Calif.) That, however, is not the case anymore. The 6-1 and 195-pound athlete is interested in Miami and don't be surprised to see Virginia enter the picture.