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Arizona Wildcats signing day thread: Track recruits as they send letters of intent

2012-02-01T07:28:00Z 2012-02-01T12:37:20Z Arizona Wildcats signing day thread: Track recruits as they send letters of intent Arizona Daily Star

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The Arizona Wildcats' 2012 recruiting class is coming together quickly, and the Star is tracking every move. Check back throughout the day for updated commitments:

11:30 a.m.: OK, Dwight Melvin is official, according to UA coach Rich Rodriguez's twitter feed. His commitment gives Arizona 23 players with two vacant spots. One will likely go to Ontario (Calif.) Colony athlete Bryan Harper, who is going to announce his decision later today; the other is being saved for Scottsdale Chaparral star Devonte Neal, should he want it. Neal will visit the UA Feb. 10. 

Arizona's class now looks like this: 

DB Jamar Allah/6-1/190/Phoenix (North Canyon HS)

QB Javelle Allen/6-0/205/Prosper, Texas (Prosper HS)

WR Jarrell Bennett/New Orleans, La. (Edna Karr HS)

C Beau Boyster/6-4/275/Bellflower, Calif. (St. John Bosco HS)

OG Cayman Bundage/6-2/280/Oklahoma City (Douglass HS)

WR Wayne Capers Jr./6-1/190/Bridgeville, Pa. (Chartiers Valley HS)

LB Dakota Conwell/6-2/205/Pittsburgh, Pa. (Upper Saint Clair HS)

DE Dylan Cozens/6-5/235/Scottsdale (Chaparral HS)

LB C.J. Dozier/6-2/210/Temecula, Calif. (Chaparral HS)

WR Clive Georges/6-1/170/Key West, Fla. (Key West HS)

WR Trey Griffey/6-2/185/Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips HS)

OT T.D. Gross/6-6/250/Santee, Calif. (Santana HS)

OG Zach Hemmila/6-3/275/Chandler (Chandler HS)

LB Cody Ippolito/6-0/220/Scottsdale (Chaparral HS)

QB Josh Kern/6-5/185/San Antonio, Texas (Tom Clark HS)

TE Keoni Bush-Loo/6-3/238/Honolulu (Kamehameha School)

RB Anthony Lopez/5-10/185/Gilbert (Mesquite HS)

DE Kyle Kelley/6-3/230/Irvine, Calif. (Woodbridge HS)

DT Dwight Melvin/6-1/265/Laveen (Betty H. Fairfax HS)

CB William Parks/6-1/175/Philadelphia, Pa. (Germantown HS)

S Yamen Sanders/6-4/185/Culver City, Calif. (Culver City HS)

S Leo Thomas/6-3/175/San Antonio, Texas (Houston HS)

RB J.T. Washington/5-9/160/Satellite Beach, Fla. (Satellite HS)

11 a.m.: Can't get enough recruiting? The Arizona staff will be featured on the CBS College Sports Network around 1 p.m., Tucson-time. Recruiting coordinator Matt Dudek tweeted today that he has a cameo in the segment, which follows coach Rich Rodriguez on his first signing day. Should be good stuff. 

10:50 a.m.: Arizona, by my count, has signed 23 players and everyone  who had verbally committed except for Dwight Melvin. Melvin's LOI is merely a formality: He's expected to sign his letter-of-intent at school today. There's still a big fish left: Ontario Colony athlete Bryan Harper. Harper is expected to make his decision this afternoon; as of now, it looks good for the Wildcats. The big surprises today: Dylan Cozens and Wayne Capers Jr. Both could be impact guys. 

10:49 a.m.: Honolulu tight end Keoni Bush-Loo has officially signed. He's a versatile tight end/H-back from Kamehameha High School; offensive line coach Robert Anae, a Hawaii native, recruited him. Here's a link to the story I wrote when he committed last week. 

10:39 a.m.: Here's a surprise: Arizona has landed wide receiver Wayne Capers Jr., the son of former Steelers player Wayne Capers and a senior at Bridgeville (Pa.) Chartiers Valley High School. Scout.com lists the younger Capers as a three-star recruit. He also had an offer from Pitt.  

"Just signed my national letter of intent to the University of Arizona," he tweeted.  

10:40 a.m.: The run on players continues. Defensive tackle Cayman Bundage has officially signed. A two-way player at Oklahoma City's Douglass High School, Bundage brings some serious beef to the class. He verbally committed to Mike Stoops, then recommitted shortly after Rich Rodriguez was hired. 

10:37 a.m.: Parade All-American defensive end Kyle Kelley is officially on board. The most accomplished, if not most projectable, player in the UA's recruiting class had offers from a dozen major programs, including Colorado and Oklahoma. If you didn't read my story on Kelley today, now might be a good time to do it.

10:35 a.m.: Santee (Calif.) Santana offensive lineman T.D. Gross has signed with the UA. The 6-foot-6-inch, 250-pound senior brings some much-needed size to an otherwise small class. Gross has a solid football IQ: His father is Santana's varsity coach.  

10:26 a.m.: Dylan Cozens is an Arizona Wildcat. The Scottsdale Chaparral defensive end announced his commitment live on FoxSportsArizona.com; here's a link to a longer story I just filed to Starnet. 

10:15 a.m.: Those hoping for a Devin Fuller reversal can drop it. The Old Tappan, N.J. quarterback has signed with UCLA. He chose the Bruins over offers from Arizona and Rutgers on Sunday. 

9:57 a.m.: Chandler High School offensive lineman Zach Hemmila is on board. Scout.com lists him as a three-star recruit and the 28th-best guard in the country, though other recruiting services like him more.  At 6-3 and 275 pounds, he has projectible size. 

9:55 a.m.: FoxSportsArizona.com will carry a live signing-day webcast starting at 10 a.m. Among the players expected to commit are Chandler Hamilton defensive tackle Jaxon Hood — who, reports say, is headed to ASU — and Scottsdale Chaparral defensive end Dylan Cozens. I wouldn't be surprised to see the 6-foot-5-inch Cozens pick Arizona over Boise State; his high school coach, Charlie Ragle, is now on the UA staff. 

9:30 a.m.: Big Beau Boyster, an offensive lineman from Southern California powerhouse St. John Bosco High School, is officially a Wildcat. Boyster was one of the UA's most highly sought-after players, and should compete immeediately for playing time. Good kid, too, as I think you'll see in this story.

9:00 a.m.: Clive Georges, a speedy slot receiver (and, for my money, the winner of this year's best-name contest), has faxed his LOI in and is official. The Key West, Fla., native projects as a James Rodgers-y runner. I talked to him Sunday night

8:56 a.m.: More bad news for the UA. It looks like Chandler Hamilton High School defensive tackle Jaxon Hood, a top target, is signing with Arizona State instead. The Arizona Republic's Scott Bordow first reported the news during a live chat. Hood is expected to make it formal during a live webcast on FoxSportsArizona.com at 10:10 a.m. 

8:42 a.m.: Culver City, Calif., linebacker/safety Yamen Sanders has committed. 

8:29 a.m.: After a disconcertingly long break — breakfast maybe? — the Wildcats' coaches are back at it. Jamar Allah, a cornerback from Phoenix North Canyon High School, has faxed his LOI to the UA. Allah's an interesting case: He verbally committed to Arizona State last fall, then "flipped' to the in-state rival last weekend. Allah reportedly wanted to keep the announcement a surprise, but word got out early. He's big and physical — sorta Cortez Johnson-y, for those who have seen the UA freshman play. Nice get. 

8 a.m.: The Wildcats won't be getting every player they want. Heralded linebacker Deaysean Rippy has signed with Pitt instead. 

7:55 a.m.: Scottsdale Chaparral linebacker Cody Ippolito is in; could teammate Davonte Neal be next? As this story about Ippolito from earlier this week states, Ippolito and Neal are best friends. 

7:52 a.m.: Wildcats are on a roll now. Running back Anthony Lopez from Gilbert's Mesquite High School is on board. 

7:50 a.m.: Ditto for Javelle Allen, a toolsy quarterback from Prosper, Texas. Here's a feature the Star wrote about Allen two weeks ago. 

7:49 a.m.: Will Parks, a cornerback from Philadelphia's Germantown High School, has faxed his letter to the UA. 

7:36 a.m.: Well, that didn't take long: San Antonio safety Leo Thomas has faxed his letter-of-intent to the UA. Thomas initially committed to former UA coach Mike Stoops and decommitted when Stoops was fired in October only to re-commit to the UA last week.

7:34 a.m.: Jarrell Bennett, a slot receiver/kick returner from New Orleans, is on board. 

7:19 a.m.: Orlando, Fla. wide receiver Trey Griffey has faxed his LOI and is on board. The son of former baseball star Ken Griffey Jr., Trey Griffey verbally committed to the UA a week ago. He was an Under Armour All-American as a senior.

7:04 a.m.: Satellite Beach, Fla. running back J.T. Washington is on board, per Rodriguez. The 5-foot-9-inch running back initially verballed to West Virginia, but changed his mind — as the Star reported Monday — after visiting the UA over the weekend.

6:37 a.m.: San Antonio quarterback Josh Kern announces via Twitter that he's sent his letter-of-intent to the UA. Writes Kern (@jkern17): "I am now officially committed to the University of Arizona! Very blessed for all my friends, family and coaches I owe so much to all of them."

6:13 a.m.: Pittsburgh linebacker Dakota Conwell is the first member of Arizona's 2012 recruiting class to fax over his national letter-of-intent. Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez announces Conwell's commitment via Twitter.

 

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