Gary Doran

Recruiting Arizona – Part III


This is the third in a five-part series examining the high school football talent from the state of Arizona. The first two articles analyzed the Arizona high school recruits from the classes signed in February 2010 and 2011 in determining how well these recruits have performed during their college football careers. This third part in the series will be analyzing the 2012 Arizona recruiting class. This group of recruits would be third-year juniors or redshirt sophomores during this past 2014 season, thus with a maximum of only three years tenure with their schools.

AZ recruiting 2012

The Recruits

There were 34 recruits analyzed from the 2012 class, with all of them signing commitments to D-1 schools. Of the 34 recruits, the recruiting service rated five of them as four-star recruits, 15 were rated as three-stars recruits, while 14 of them were rated as only two-star recruits. Only one of the recruits wasn’t given a position ranking. The group was evenly split with 17 offensive players and 17 defensive players. Over 56 percent of the recruits signed with a Pac-12 team, while about 20 percent signed with a Mountain West team. Four of the recruits signed with another Power 5 Conference team.

ASU only signed three of the recruits from the 2012 class, while Arizona signed six. As far as the rest of the Pac-12, three recruits signed with Stanford, two signed with UCLA, while one each signed with Colorado, Oregon State, Utah, Washington and Washington State.  Nine of the twelve Pac-12 teams signed an Arizona recruit from the 2012 class.Kody Kohl

A total of 22 recruits are still with the school that they initially sign with out of high school, which mean that only about one-third of the recruits have left the school of their initial commitment. Over 55 percent of the recruits have become contributors to their team. That is the highest percentage so far of the three classes analyzed, plus this group has only had a maximum of three seasons to become contributors.

Six of the 34 recruits have already earned all conference honors: Andrus Peat; All Pac-12 for two years, DJ Foster; All Pac-12 for two years, Zach Hoffpauir; All Pac-12 Honorable Mention 2014, Blake Martinez; All Pac-12 Honorable Mention 2014, Paul Perkins; All Pac-12 Honorable Mention 2014 and Alex Barrett; All Mountain West Honorable Mention 2014.

All three of the recruits signed by ASU in 2012 have become contributors, DJ Foster. Jaxon Hood, and Kody Kohl. Of the six recruits for Arizona, only two have contributed to the Wildcats in Cody Ippolito and Jamar Allah. The status of Jaxon Hood for the 2015 ASU season is up in the air as of the end of this year.

A total of 31 recruits were from the metro Phoenix area, while only two hailed from southern Arizona and only one from northern Arizona. Additionally, five of the recruits were from Chandler High School, while four were from Hamilton High School also in Chandler and Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. Thus, more than one-third of the top Arizona recruits in 2012 came from those three schools. The 2012 Arizona recruiting class is also the first one signed by Todd Graham’s staff for ASU and Rich Rodriguez’s 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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