When Rich Rodriguez was hired at Arizona, he made it known that landing in-state talent would be a priority. Although the coaching staff was unable to land a top-five player in the state, it still made an impact.
Buckeye linebacker DeAndre Miller comes in at tenth in the state and is expected to compete for playing time right away. Miller may be one of the more underrated players in Arizona and considering what the Wildcats need for next season, Miller is a strong pickup.
Chandler wide receiver Nate Phillips comes in as the 15th best player in the state and Tempe Marcos de Niza athlete Mauriece Lee is ranked at 19 followed by wide receiver teammate Paul Elvira. All three players will compete for playing time right away, but could have a more difficult track than other players in the class due to those in front of them. Of course, that does not mean much for their future prospects, as the coaching staff is high on each player.
In addition to doing relatively well in Arizona, the coaching staff was able to land the top player in two different states. Las Vegas Bishop Gorman quarterback Anu Solomon is one of the top players in Arizona's class and is expected to compete for a starting spot right away.
Solomon fits in well with what Arizona wants to do on offense and if for some reason he does not start, there is little doubt that he will be able to get some playing time.
In addition to Solomon, Arizona landed Calvin Allen, who is ranked as the top player in New Mexico. Allen is a 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end that played both sides of the ball in high school. Physically, he is ready to play right away and it will be interesting to see where he fits into what Arizona has on the defensive line.
Arizona was able to get its largest chunk of the recruiting class from California. The highest player it got from California is San Diego Madison running back Pierre Cormier. Cormier is considered the next in line at Arizona and the four-star back will likely be difficult to keep off the field.
Another player that will be difficult to keep off the field is Poway cornerback Derek Babiash, who comes in at 37. Babiash chose Arizona over offers from Washington, Oklahoma, and others. Arizona's secondary left something to be desired last season, so it is not far-fetched to think Babiash will contribute right away.
Ventura St. Bonaventure running back Zachary Green comes in at 52. Green is much different from Arizona's other backs in that he is considered to be more of a power option. Six spots later is cornerback Devin Holiday. Many consider Holiday to be one of the best defensive players in the west and, like we said about Babiash, Holiday will have a chance to contribute as soon as he arrives on campus.
Arizona was able to land another defensive lineman in Oak Park (Calif.) athlete Luca Bruno, who comes in at 82. Bruno is able to play defensive tackle and end and his performance in the spring will go a long way in determining where he is placed.
The last player in the top 100 in California is defensive tackle David Maka, who was offered and committed on Monday. Maka had some grade issues that slowed down his recruitment, but his relatively high ranking is a good indication of just how good he can be.