The rise of the Arizona football program was a common theme among the prospects that committed Saturday.
For Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne 2016 wide receiver DeVaughn Cooper, the progress of the program made for an easy decision to commit.
“Arizona is building something there,” Cooper said. “They have gotten better each season and they have an offense that is built to last.
"It is about as good an offense as there is for a wide receiver to play in. A ton of guys play and they all get a lot of catches, but it doesn’t seem like they all play just to play. The best ones are always in there."
Cooper had an idea he would commit, but needed the support of one more person.
“I knew for a long time that Arizona was the school for me," he said. "Getting my mother to see what I saw was big. It was just a good visit and set the right points for everyone.”
The three-star receiver believes he and his fellow Los Angeles-area prospects have one thing in common.
“I would say the best thing about the way I play is that I take advantage of my speed," Cooper said. "I’ve always been fast and each time I go out on the field I try to show that and really stress out my opponents.
“It is definitely a good thing that Arizona is recruiting so many California kids from the area. A lot of us grew up playing against each other, so we know what our games are like and it’s going to be our thing that we’re going to kind of help build there.
“It’s funny, a lot of us are going to be teammates in a year, but now it’s back to competing to be the best team in California. That’s our mentality."