The Arizona Wildcats have lost out on Devin Fuller, their top quarterback target in the 2012 recruiting class.
And worse, he's chosen a Pac-12 Conference rival.
Fuller has verbally committed to UCLA, according to the Los Angeles Daily News and UCLA.Scout.com. It's a stunning reversal for a player who had reportedly whittled his finalists down to Arizona and Rutgers.
The Scout.com recruiting service lists Fuller as a four-star recruit, the third-best quarterback in the country and the top dual-threat player available. He threw for 2,247 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 1,326 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior at Old Tappan High School.
More than 20 schools offered the Old Tappan (N.J.) High School star scholarships, but his desire to play quarterback instead of defensive back — and play right away — narrowed his choices significantly. He visited UCLA, Arizona, Rutgers, Nebraska and TCU.
Fuller chose the Bruins in part because of family reasons: His uncle, the comedian Sinbad, lives in Los Angeles. Fuller will sign a binding letter-of-intent with the Bruins on Wednesday.
Fuller's decision leaves Arizona with just two quarterbacks in its 2012 recruiting class, and just three scholarship signal-callers on the roster. San Antonio prep standout Josh Kern and Prosper, Texas star Javelle Allen have both verbally committed. They'll join senior Matt Scott, the team's presumptive starter.
Fuller is the latest big recruit to commit to UCLA and first-year coach Jim Mora. Scout.com listed the Bruins' class as No. 9 nationally before Fuller committed; it should jump significantly in the coming days.
Fuller will compete at a crowded position. The Bruins carry more than a half-dozen quarterbacks, including onetime starters Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut, former Phoenix high school star Brett Hundley and the sons of former coach Rick Neuheisel and onetime Bruins star Steve Bono. The Bruins received a verbal commitment from Fort Worth, Texas star T.J. Millweard two weeks ago.
Read more in Monday's Arizona Daily Star.