Recruiting has better days ahead

Arizona seemed to be down to a short list of highly rated recruits, and they're slowly falling off the board, as many U of A prospects have chosen other schools in recent days.

Arizona seemed to be down to a short list of highly rated recruits, and they're slowly falling off the board, as many U of A prospects have chosen other schools in recent days.

Commit Taniela Maka appears headed to UCLA.

Linebacker Bryson Littlejohn seems ready to announce to Oregon.

Edward Nuckols just committed to Colorado.

Jason Pierre-Paul never has much to say about UA.

Demontre Hurst seems to be Miami's to lose.

Now UA is waiting on Adam Hall, who has never seemed that high on Arizona, and Michael Philipp, who seems even less interested in the Wildcats than Hall.

Coming off a bowl win, why can't UA lock any of these guys up?

Simple: Look at the schools these players are choosing Arizona over. They are all going to places that have had sustained success for much longer than UA, or are close to the beginning of a rebuilding project and offer not only more playing time but more hope for the future.

On top of that, Arizona's coaches haven't even had a month to sell recruits on the new state of the program and the security of the staff. All that stuff other schools had said about the U of A coaches being fired after this year is still in their heads.

Next year, things will be different, as coaches can't use that excuse anymore.

The 2009 class is solid but next year's class should be even better.

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