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Arizona Wildcats recruiting: Two prospects headed out of state

Matt Bushman at the Rich Rodriguez 7-on-7 camp earlier this summer. Andy Morales Photo.

Matt Bushman at the Rich Rodriguez 7-on-7 camp earlier this summer. Andy Morales Photo.

A pair of Arizona Wildcats recruiting targets announced Monday they are headed out of state, which wasn’t a big surprise.

Arizona was not considered the leader for Sabino tight end Matt Bushman (BYU) or Phoenix Mountain Pointe receiver Jalen Brown, whose stepfather is former UA running back Chuck Levy.

Bushman, who has family ties to BYU, including a brother on the team, also was considering Utah. He is scheduled to begin a two-year church mission this summer. Brown committed to Oregon over Vanderbilt, Arizona, Oregon State and Wisconsin.

He has 40 catches for 992 yards and 16 touchdowns for Sabino.

Arizona has 24 players committed to its 2014 class, including Scottsdale Chaparral High’s Trevor Wood, one of two tight ends in the class. Wood is rated the eighth-best prospect in the state by Rivals.com.

UA coach Rich Rodriguez and Arizona State coach Todd Graham, each in their second season, have each emphasized in-state recruiting, but results are mixed and, obviously, still incomplete.

Among the state’s Top 10 prospects, Arizona has Wood and Salpointe Catholic receiver Cameron Denson. ASU has Chaparral’s receiver/defensive back Tyler Whiley.

The state’s top three prospects — QB Kyle Allen (Texas A&M), WR Mark Andrews (Oklahoma) and Brown — are headed elsewhere.

Arizona is still pursuing other in-state prospects, including offensive lineman Layth Friekh from Peoria Centennial; he is scheduled for a visit this weekend, according to WildcatSportsReport.com. Other local targets include Sabino offensive lineman Andrew Mike and Salpointe receiver/defensive back Kaelin Deboskie.

In other recruiting news, Arizona commit Naijiel Hale, a cornerback from St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, Calif., announced via Twitter he would visit Washington State on Nov. 23. He took a trip to Utah last weekend.

Here are the state’s Top 20 recruits, according to Rivals.com, and where they are headed:

Rank Name Pos City, High School College
1 Kyle Allen QB Scottsdale Desert Mountain Texas A&M
2 Mark Andrews WR Scottsdale Desert Mountain Oklahoma
3 Jalen Brown WR Phoenix Mountain Pointe Oregon
4 Casey Tucker OL Chandler Hamilton
5 Qualen Cunningham DE Chandler Hamilton
6 Tyler Whiley ATH Scottsdale Chaparral Arizona State
7 Cameron Denson WR Tucson Salpointe Arizona
8 Trevor Wood TE Scottsdale Chaparral Arizona
9 Natrell Curtis OL Phoenix Mountain Pointe Washington
10 Ismael Murphy-Richardson LB Goodyear Desert Edge
11 Andrew Mike OL Tucson Sabino
12 Austin Hall OL Phoenix Brophy Prep Stanford
13 Luke Rubenzer QB Scottsdale Saguaro California
14 Layth Friekh OL Peoria Centennial
15 Jalen Jelks DE Phoenix Desert Vista Oregon
16 Kaelin Deboskie WR Tucson Salpointe
17 Lane Veach DE Gilbert Perry Stanford
18 Dominique Fenstermacher ATH Phoenix Mountain Pointe
19 J.R. Hunt LB Chandler Arizona
20 Matt Bushman TE Tucson Sabino BYU

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