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Arizona Wildcats football: UA adds standout receiver to 2012 recruiting class

2011-08-30T20:19:00Z 2011-08-30T20:26:57Z Arizona Wildcats football: UA adds standout receiver to 2012 recruiting class Arizona Daily Star

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, 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.


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