Gary Doran

Recruiting Arizona – Part IV


This is the fourth of a five-part series examining the high school football talent from the state of Arizona. The first three articles analyzed the Arizona high school recruits from the three different classes signed in February 2010, 2011 and 2012 determining how well these recruits have performed, so far, during their college football careers. This fourth article in the series will be analyzing the 2013 Arizona recruiting class. This group of recruits would be second-year sophomores or redshirt freshmen during this past 2014 season. That means this group has had a maximum of only two years tenure with their school.


The Recruits

There were 28 recruits analyzed from the 2013 state of Arizona class, with 27 of them signing commitments to D-1 schools. One recruit that ASU was pursuing did not sign with the Devils, but was expected to greyshirt. Of the 28 recruits analyzed, the recruiting service rated one as an elite five-star recruit, five of them as four-star recruits, 11 were rated as three-stars recruits, while 11 of them were rated as only two-star recruits. One of the recruits was not given a position ranking. The group was heavily weighted towards the offensive side of the ball with 20 offensive players and only 8 defensive players. Less than half, 46 percent of the recruits, signed with a Pac-12 team, while about 20 percent signed with a Mountain West team. Two of the recruits signed with a service academy, while one recruit signed with Notre Dame. The other five signed with non-Power 5 conference teams.

ASU only signed two recruits from the 2013 class, while Arizona signed four. As far as the rest of the Pac-12, three recruits signed with UCLA, two signed with Oregon, while one each signed with Washington and Washington State.

A total of 24 recruits are still with the school that they initially sign with out of high school, which mean that about 20 percent of the recruits have left the school of their initial commitment within two years time. Over one-third of the recruits have already become contributors to their team. That means that nine of the 2013 Arizona recruits started contributing to their team within the first two years in the program.TightEnds2

It’s early in the process, so it’s not too surprising that none of the recruits have earned all conference honors yet. Neither of the two recruits signed by ASU in 2013, Chans Cox and Grant Martinez have become contributors yet. One of the four recruits signed by Arizona did not qualify and never joined the team, while two of them are currently backup players on the team and one has not yet cracked the two-deep lineup. One of the two backup players, Nate Phillips, had 25 catches for 272 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats.

A total of 22 recruits were from the metro Phoenix area, while five hailed from southern Arizona and only one from northern Arizona. Additionally, five of the recruits were from Brophy Prep in Phoenix, while only two were from Hamilton High School in Chandler and only one from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale.

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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