The Arizona Wildcats have landed their quarterback of the future. Think 2011.
Daxx Garman, a highly-regarded junior from Choctaw (Okla.) High School, verbally committed to Arizona this afternoon. Garman becomes the first member of the Wildcats' 2011 recruiting class; the UA unveiled its 2010 class Wednesday.
"I'm early," he said.
The 6-foot-2-inch, 175-pound Garman chose the UA over an offer from North Carolina, though Iowa, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas Tech, Tulsa and UCLA were also reportedly interested.
The quarterback said Arizona fulfills all of his requirements: Warm weather, high quality of life and — most importantly — the same spread offense that he's running in high school.
"At the beginning of this football season, once I started getting some looks and offers, I asked myself: 'Where am I going to fit in the best? What school runs my style of offense? What environment do I want to be around? Where do I want to live?'," he said. "Arizona didn't have any minuses on my checklist. Between the coaches they have there, how welcoming everybody is and the players, it was the perfect fit."
Garman completed 156 of 210 passes for 2,311 yards and 24 touchdowns in just eight games as a junior at Jones High School. He was intercepted six times.
Garman's season ended in November, when the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association ruled him ineligible because of a clerical error involving his transfer to the school. Garman spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Carl Albert High School, an out-of-district school. When he transfered to Jones, which was in his home district, the school's prinicipal failed to file the required hardship waiver.
The OSSAA's decision ended Jones High School's season, and, Garman said, caused "a lot of chaos" in his life. He left Jones for a third school, Choctaw, after the football season.
Garman, 16, could end up being the franchise quarterback Arizona's been looking for. The Wildcats lost Matt Brown, one of their top offensive recruits in the 2010 class, 10 days ago. The program replaced him with Cameron Allerheiligen, a little-known passer from Keller, Texas.
"I think of it as a better opportunity for me," Garman said. "Once i get there and get the system under my belt, I'll be set."
Read more in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.