The Arizona Wildcats have landed one of their top offensive targets in the 2012 recruiting class, just in time for the start of another football season.

Julian Brooks, a three-star recruit and the nation's 66th-best wide receiver according to Scout.com, verbally committed to the UA tonight. He chose the Wildcats over offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah State and Washington State.

At 6 feet 2 inches and 185 pounds, Brooks is one of the top receivers at Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon School. He caught 34 passes for 858 yards as a junior, and figures to be one of the Trailblazers' top players as a senior.

Brooks, 18, said he hopes to become the next Juron Criner — "I would say I'm the most like him of any of their receivers," he said — at the UA while majoring in business and entrepreneurship. Brooks' cousin is NBA super-agent Bill Duffy; Brooks said he hopes to open an NFL branch of Duffy's agency after college.

Arizona's academics and athletics were the perfect combination, he said.

"They had been No. 1 in my mind for the last two years," he said. "It seems kind of dumb not to commit."

Brooks can sign a national letter-of-intent in February. The UA opens its season Saturday against Northern Arizona.

 

The sports editor of the Arizona Daily Star.