Only a handful of prospects hold verbal offers from Arizona at this stage in the recruiting process, and one of those offers has been extended to Aurora (Colo.) Grandview tight end Evan Baylis.
While the Wildcats have offered him, Baylis admits that he's still getting to know the program as well as defensive backs coach Ryan Walters, his lead recruiter from UA.
"Arizona is just starting to recruit me now," Baylis said. "They've offered me, and I've talked to coach Walters on the phone a few times. He's a really good guy, he sounds well spoken and he's doing good things down there.
"I don't know too much about Arizona because I haven't researched the school too much. I know they're a pretty good school in the Pac-12. That's a great conference and they did pretty well last season. I'm pretty interested in them."
Arizona is one of five schools to offer the 6-foot-6, 220-pound tight end, as he also reports offers from Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, and Michigan. While other schools are involved, Baylis puts all the schools involved in his recruitment on equal footing, although he admits some schools are trying to land him harder than others.
"I've been talking to Oregon a little bit, and I've been getting letters from Wisconsin and Notre Dame still and some other schools," Baylis said. "No one stands out too much right now. I'm trying to make an informed decision on which school I get along with best and what's the best fit for me.
"I would say either CU or Michigan is recruiting me the hardest. A lot of schools are asking me to come out for unofficial visits. I've already been to CU twice because I live in the state. They're telling me they want me and that I'd be a good fit for their team. They send me a lot of letters telling me what their offense is about and everything like that."
As his recruitment heats up, Baylis has a clear understanding of his priorities and what he'll be looking for in a school before making a commitment.
"I'm looking to see how well I get along with the coaches and my position coach," Baylis said. "I'm looking at the academics definitely, the school, the campus, and the tradition of the program."
With no leader and an open mind to any school that may enter his recruitment, Baylis is in no rush to make a choice on college, although he did say that UA will be one of the school he considers for the time being.
"Arizona will be around for awhile," Baylis said. "I'm keeping all of my options open. I don't really have a timetable. I'm not in much of a hurry but if I click with the college well and I know it's right, I'll make a decision then."
Colorado tight end likes UA
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