Gary Doran

Recruiting Arizona – Part II


This is the second in a five-part series examining the high school football talent from the state of Arizona. The first article analyzed the Arizona high school recruits from the class signed in February 2010 determining how well the recruits have performed during their college football careers thus far. This second article in the series will be analyzing the 2011 Arizona recruiting class. This group of recruits would have been fourth-year seniors or redshirt juniors during this past 2014 season.


There were a total of 34 recruits analyzed from the 2011 state of Arizona class, with all of them signing commitments to D-1 schools. Of the 34 recruits, the recruiting service rated two of them as elite five-star recruits, five of them as four-star recruits, nine were rated as three-stars recruits, while 18 of them were rated as only two-star recruits. Additionally, 11 of the recruits weren’t given a position ranking at their playing position. There were 20 offensive players, 13 defensive players and one specialty player in the group. Almost half of the recruits signed with a Pac-12 team, while about 30 percent signed with a Mountain West team. Six of the recruits signed with a military academy team.

ASU signed four of the 2011 recruits, while Arizona signed only three. As far as the rest of the Pac-12, three recruits signed with Oregon, two signed with USC, while one each signed with California, Colorado, Oregon State and UCLA. Additionally, three recruits signed with a SEC team, while two signed with a BIG 10 team. None of the five recruits signing with another Power Five Conference stayed with their initial team. Only one of those five is contributing at the D-1 level: Christian Westerman now at ASU.

Vi Teofilo

A total of 19 recruits are still with the same school that they initially signed with out of high school, which means just under half ended up leaving the school of their initial commitment. 10 of the recruits have become contributors on their team. This would mean that so far, less than 30 percent of these recruits have become contributors to their teams during their careers. Five of the 34 recruits have earned all conference honors: Brett Hundley, All Pac-12 for three years; Ka’Deem Carey, All Pac-12 for 2012 and 2013, plus Most Valuable Offensive Player 2013; Tyler Johnstone, All Pac-12 Honorable Mention 2013; Vi Teofilo, All Pac-12 Honorable Mention 2014; Christian Westerman, All Pac-12 Honorable Mention 2014.

Two of the four recruits signed by ASU in 2011 have become contributors, Vi Teofilo and Mo Latu. While one, Gary Chambers is close as a reserve wide receiver. Of the three recruits signing with Arizona, two contributed significantly to the Wildcats in Ka’Deem Carey and Reggie Gilbert.

A total of 29 recruits were from the metro Phoenix area, while only four hailed from southern Arizona and one from northern Arizona. Additionally, five of the recruits were from the Hamilton High School team in Chandler, and three were from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale.  The 2011 recruiting class is the last one signed under Dennis Erickson’s staff for ASU and Mike Stoops’ staff for Arizona.

About Gary Doran

Gary Doran

Gary graduated from ASU many years ago. After careers working in banking, finance and the financial administration of academic research funding, he is now interested in utilizing his passion for numbers towards two things he thoroughly loves; Arizona State University and college football. He is looking forward to finding the “stories” buried within the numbers on a football stat sheet. He has gone to ASU football games all the way back to the days of Frank Kush and the WAC. He has been married to an amazing ASU graduate for almost forty years, and they currently live in Ventura, CA. Although this may disqualify him from talking football, he and his wife enjoy the practice of yoga and dancing the Argentine Tango. Ole!

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