When Rich Rodriguez proudly announced his 2014 recruiting class back in February, there was one notable name missing — Kaelin Deboskie.
The wide receiver, who helped lead Salpointe Catholic High School to a state championship last season, committed to Rodriguez and the UA in October over a handful of other offers. But when Arizona’s head coach went name by name through his recruiting class on national signing day, Deboskie’s name never came up.
Deboskie, who played his senior year at Salpointe, after transferring from Heritage High School in Texas, had some minor transcript issues after some of his credits didn’t transfer over.
As a result, he wasn’t cleared by the NCAA in February. But after graduating from Salpointe earlier this month, it’s official — Kaelin Deboskie is an Arizona Wildcat.
The wide receiver will enroll at the UA this summer and begin summer school classes June 9 with the first batch of incoming freshmen.
“It feels great,” Deboskie told the Star on Wednesday. “It just feels like I can get going without any little controversies going on and I can just focus on football.
“I always knew it was going to work out. It was just a matter of time.”
Deboskie said he wasn’t upset that he was left out of the official recruiting class and remained patient. The UA has yet to officially announce Deboskie’s arrival, and will likely wait to do so until later in the summer.
“I didn’t feel left out at all,” Deboskie said. “I don’t need my name presented to anybody.”
Deboskie said he expects to live at home this summer when he’s taking classes because his house is just a mile from campus.
He’ll make the move to the dorms for the fall semester, and despite his close friendship with Salpointe teammate Cameron Denson, he’ll live with incoming tight end Trevor Wood from Scottsdale Chaparral High School. Deboskie and Wood faced off against each other in the state championship game in November at Arizona Stadium, with Salpointe winning 46-20.
“I’m not going to talk trash, but all I have to do is wear my ring around him,” Deboskie said.
In the next few weeks before he arrives at Arizona, Deboskie said he’ll continue working out and getting in shape in preparation for summer workouts with the UA strength and conditioning coaches.
“I know they are going to kick my butt,” Deboskie said. “I’ll be ready for it.”