Arizona picked up two unexpected recruits Sunday when a pair of Floridians - wide receiver Clive Georges and running back J.T. Washington - verbally committed to the Wildcats' 2012 recruiting class.
But it's the one Arizona lost that stings.
Devin Fuller, the UA's top target and the nation's third-ranked quarterback, verbally committed to Pac-12 rival UCLA during an 18th birthday party Sunday in his New Jersey hometown.
The decision marks a stunning reversal for a player who as recently as two days ago had reportedly whittled his finalists down to the UA and Rutgers. When Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano left for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, Fuller appeared destined to be a Wildcat.
Not so. The four-star recruit told the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger that Rutgers' coaching change only pushed him closer to UCLA, where he'll compete with Kevin Prince, Richard Brehaut and Brett Hundley for playing time. Fuller cited family reasons for heading west, too: His uncle, actor/comedian Sinbad, lives in Los Angeles.
"If anything, it made my decision easier," Fuller told the Star-Ledger. "I just like everything about UCLA. I'm excited about working with Coach (Jim) Mora in that offense. It makes it a lot easier when my family is out there, too."
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, next fall.
The news wasn't all bad Sunday, however. Arizona landed a pair of skill position players, Georges and Washington, who should provide some key depth as freshmen.
Both chose the UA following weekend visits to Tucson.
The Scout.com recruiting service lists Georges as a three-star recruit and the nation's 79th-best wide receiver. He will take the scholarship vacated by Julian Brooks, who decommitted late Saturday.
"I really liked the atmosphere, the kids around there and the coaches," Georges said Sunday. "Everyone knew each other, guys from every sport and everything. Everybody's so close."
The 6-foot-1-inch Georges, who chose Arizona over Western Michigan, should bring some speed to a wide receiving corps that skews big. He's been timed at 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
The 5-foot-9-inch Washington ran 132 times for 679 yards and three touchdowns as a senior; he also caught 20 passes for 192 yards and a score. A two-star recruit, Washington initially committed to West Virginia before changing his mind.
"That boy's fun to be around," Georges said. "We're both from Florida, so we kind of know each other."
The weekend additions of Georges, Washington and Philadelphia cornerback William Parks give Arizona 19 known verbal commitments with two days remaining before national letter-of-intent day. The Wildcats are expected to add as many as six more players over the next three days.
• What: National letter-of- intent day
• When: Wednesday