The Arizona Wildcats landed their quarterback today, when Keller (Texas) High School quarterback Cameron Allerheiligen verbally committed to the UA's Class of 2010.
(UPDATE: Our story is posted here.)
Never heard of him? You're not alone. The Rivals.com recruiting service — which practically knows when a star quarterback is BORN — doesn't have a profile, or a rating, on him. Allerheiligen was set to choose between Northern Illinois and Toledo when Arizona came calling last week. He took an official visit over the weekend, and committed tonight.
He'll replace Matt Brown, who decommitted last week to sign with TCU. And guess what? Allerheiligen knows Brown — the two have attended camps together, and keep in touch via phone.
Brown told Allerheiligen last week that "Arizona's a great place, but TCU worked out" for Brown's family. Their Fort Worth, Texas, campus is practically in both players' backyards.
So what does this mean for Arizona?
• Munchie Legaux, who visited Cincinnati this weekend, will choose between the UA, Cincy and Colorado on Wednesday. My guess: the football player formerly known as Benton Shannon Legaux picks the Bearcats.
• Richard Morrison will likely move to wide receiver, leaving four QBs — Nick Foles, Matt Scott, Bryson Beirne and Allerheiligen — on the 2010 roster. Foles, Scott and Beirne will all be juniors, giving the new guy two years, minimum, to master the system.
• Arizona will likely add one — or two — quarterbacks to the 2011 recruiting class. I'm thinking they'll profile more like Brown (highly touted spread/option guy) than like the taller, less-mobile Allerheiligen. Maybe someone like Chandler High's Brett Hundley.
And for those pronouncing at home, it's Al-ur-HIGH-luh-gin. Think allergy+higher+gin. Or close to it.
More soon, including details on Arizona's next offensive coordinator (hint: they're not changing anything, philosophically) and any last-minute adds/drops. Signing day is Wednesday.