Officially, Devon Brewer was recruited to the Arizona Wildcats by head coach Rich Rodriguez and other members of the UA coaching staff.

Unofficially, Brewer’s high school teammate Nick Wilson, who committed to the UA in March, has also been doing his fair share recruiting Brewer.

Today, it paid off.

Brewer, a safety from Central High School in Fresno, Calif., pledged to the UA this afternoon. He’s the sixth commitment for the 2014 class and the first defensive player.

“Nick has been in my ear a lot,” Brewer said. “He was recruiting me like the coaches.”

Brewer also had offers from Nevada, San Diego State, UNLV, San Jose State and Houston. Washington was expressing interest, though the Huskies hadn’t offered yet.

He’s rated as a three-star recruit by the Scout.com recruiting service and the 34th-best safety prospect nationally.

He was offered by the Wildcats in early May and has been contemplating committing ever since.

“I wanted to commit when I first got the offer, but I decided to wait it out a little longer and see what else came my way,” Brewer said. “I just really liked Arizona. They made it easy. I talked to my mom and coach and we all agreed it was right.”

Scout ranked Brewer as the No. 5 safety in the West and had this to say about him: “Brewer is a head hunter and one of the biggest hitters in the state. He's equally sound in pass defense and run support and has above average cover skills and instincts. With his physical style of play and dread locks flowing out the back of his helmet, Brewer is an intimidating presence on the field. He's a natural leader and his fiery play and emotion can help carry a defense.”