Recruiting Roundup

<STRONG>Who committed this week?</STRONG>

We do our best to cover all offers, trips and commitments on the message board but we are going to write a few front page stories at the end of the week to update all of the fans of the latest recruiting news. This week seemed like a good week to start as the commitments are rolling in.


Probably the biggest news was Chaparral DT Ekom Udofia deciding to wait on his announcement. He was supposed to announce his decision at the US Army All America game in San Antonio this week but had a change of heart. His three finalists were supposedly USC, Miami and Stanford but U of A was being mentioned on a lot of message boards. Is he thinking of staying in state? We won't know until February 2nd, national signing day, when he said he will make his choice.


Moon Valley WR Chris McGaha made his commitment to stay home and play for Dirk Koetter and ASU. McGaha had many offers but narrowed his choices down to ASU, Boise St and San Diego St. Was anyone really surprised? As Chris wore an ASU beanie under his helmet for most of the season. ASU has formed a solid recruiting class of in state commitments. Joining McGaha next season in maroon will be Highland OL Richard Tuitu'u, Thunderbird DE Dexter Davis and Peoria RB Keegan Herring.


Two players from Paradise Valley announced their decisions; OL Shawn Byrnes is headed to Albuquerque to play for Coach Rocky long and the New Mexico Lobos of the Mountain West Conference. WR Andrew Leahy chose to stay at home and play at NAU. NAU has also attracted a solid group of in state players as Pinnacle RB Cyrus Igono committed to NAU this week and having already received commitments from Moon Valley QB Brian Wriston and Highland TE Shaun Fitzpatrick.


UNLV is hitting the recruiting trail hard in AZ. Hamilton QB Travis Dixon and Desert Vista RB Chris Brogdon verbally committed this week. Amphitheater OL Ray Lobato committed to UNLV a few weeks ago. UNLV did miss one kid as Red Mountain LB Greg Bird picked Mountain West foe Utah over the Rebels.


We were also able to confirm that two more Hamilton players have committed. LB Jimmy Rogers has committed to South Dakota St and OL Chris Hegge has committed to Nevada.


This brings the commitment total for AZ high school players to 31 with more to follow. Congratulations guys.


Remember, these are just verbal commitments. A school or kid can back out anytime before the papers are faxed in on Feb. 2nd.  

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