Making matters worse, the in-state talent has improved significantly over the past 5-10 years, and almost all of the elite recruits have signed with out of state national powers.
Rich Rodriguez has vowed to "blanket" the state of Arizona for high school talent, which is important considering the 2013 class is filled with difference makers and chief among those is Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza cornerback Priest Willis.
Willis will be a key recruit for Rodriguez, but he will be a hard pull as he is being recruited by many of the top programs in the country.
"There are a lot of schools I like," Willis said. "Off the top of my head I like LSU, Nebraska, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, UNC, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Virginia and Cal. Basically, any school that has offered me I'm interested in.
"To be honest though, I am completely open. I really want to give all the schools a look and see where the best fit is."
While Willis is wide open, family ties could be important.
"My uncle played at Nebraska and has told me all about the passion for football," Willis said. "So I know what the tradition there is all about. Its' definitely a storied program with a great defensive tradition and is a school I'd like to check out."
Despite offers from most of the elite programs in the nation, Willis isn't set on leaving the state.
"I will definitely give the in-states schools a look," Willis said. "This is my backyard. If one of the in-state schools is where I think I'll fit best, I won't hesitate to go there.
"I don't know a lot about UA's new coaches yet, but they are recruiting me and are one of the two big in-state schools, so they're definitely a college that I will check into."