IF Rich Rodriguez is going to build Arizona into a consistent winner, then he is going to have to keep top talent in state. Over the past few years Arizona, particularly Phoenix, has seen a boom in elite football prospects.
Of late, neither Arizona nor ASU has done a great job keeping the top talent home. For every Ka’Deem Carey or D.J. Foster, there have been numerous Priest Willises, Cole Lukes and Connor Brewers.
Last season there were six 4-star products in state and only one (Chans Cox – ASU) stayed home. In 2012 there were also six, and just two, Foster and Zack Hemmila, remained home. Since 2010 there have been a total of 21 four or five star players in Arizona and just four of them chose an in-state school.
In 2011 not a single in-state 4 or 5 star signed with Arizona or ASU and only Marquis Flowers (Arizona) stayed home in 2010.