Who is Caleb Charlow?

It is safe to say that not many people knew who Caleb Charlow was a week ago. The Mission Hills athlete had no offers, little interest and was likely never going to play football again. Now he looks to be on his way to playing for the Wildcats.

Haven't heard of Caleb Charlow? Don't worry, most haven't. Before attracting the interest of the Wildcats he did not have any D-I offers.

Charlow verbally committed to Arizona late last week and plans on signing his Letter of Intent late this week or early next week.

"I did give them a verbal," Charlow confirmed. "I plan on signing with the University of Arizona but I had to wait for the proper paperwork."

A newspaper report out of California reported that he had already signed his LOI, but he had to wait. Wildcat head coach Mike Stoops was away from the office late last week and according to Charlow Stoops had to give the final okay to send Charlow the paperwork.

Charlow had a solid junior season at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, CA but an injury prevented him from going to the summer recruiting camps and he slipped through the cracks.

"Because no one saw me at the camps I wasn't really known," Charlow said.

To further make things complicated he moved from wide receiver to quarterback in the middle of the season to help his team.

I was new Wildcats' running backs coach Michael Smith who spotted Charlow on tape while looking at high lights of another player.

"I found out that Arizona might be interested and I got excited," Charlow said. "I was just looking for an opportunity."

Charlow has ties to Tucson and that actually helped his recruitment. His parents moved to Tucson and Charlow actually attended Sahuaro for a bit before convincing his parents to let him return to Mission Hills for his senior year.

He was in Tucson visiting his parents when Coach Smith contacted him about making a visit.

"I was already in town, so my dad and I went down to visit," Charlow explained. "It was very spur of the moment."

Truth be told, Charlow was ready to give up football. Without any concrete offers, he was looking at a number of colleges but was not planning on pursuing football, at least not right away.

Now he gets a chance and he's thrilled he does.

"I am so excited to keep doing something I love to do," Charlow said. "I get to keep playing a game I love and get my education paid for. You can't ask for more than that."

Charlow will play receiver for the Wildcats, although he can run back kick offs and punts.

Anytime a player transfers from one high school to another it can cause some concerns with getting transcripts in order, but Charlow insists that he'll be ready to go for summer workouts.

"I'll be there in July," Charlow concluded.


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