Quarterback Josh Kern verbally committed to the UA today, becoming the first piece — and possibly a cornerstone — of the Wildcats’ 2012 recruiting class.

Kern threw for 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 369 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior at Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio, Texas. The UA contacted Kern six weeks ago; he attended the Wildcats’ spring game before verballing.

“I always thought I was going to stay in Texas,” Kern said tonight. “But when I went down for the spring game, I fell in love the campus. I was originally going to wait until the end of my spring ball to commit, but I didn’t want to lose this.”

The Wildcats had an added edge when they recruited Kern, 17; as a kid, the quarterback followed the UA’s basketball program closely.

“For some reason, I was always a big Arizona fan,” he said. “Funny how it happens.”

Read more in tomorrow's Arizona Daily Star.