Taylor McNamara verbally committed to the UA in June with dreams of becoming the next Rob Gronkowski.
The two players have one less thing in common today.
McNamara, a star tight end out of San Diego and the top-rated player in Arizona's 2012 recruiting class, has decommitted and will instead sign with Oklahoma. The 6-foot-5-inch, 235-pound McNamara will move to Norman, Okla., next month and enroll at OU for the spring semester.
"It's official," McNamara tweeted late Wednesday night, "Boomer, I'm a Sooner."
The Rivals.com recruiting service lists McNamara as a four-star recruit and the nation's second-best tight end prospect. Though Scout.com (three stars, 19th-best prospect) is a little less effusive, most agree he was one of the West's top recruiting targets.
McNamara chose OU after visiting Cal, Colorado, Notre Dame and Washington; USC, UCLA, Stanford and Miami (Fla.) also offered scholarships.
McNamara initially chose Arizona so he could play in the same pass-happy system that made Gronkowski, now a Pro Bowl selection with the NFL's New England Patriots, a college standout.
But coach Mike Stoops was fired Oct. 10, and the UA's offense soon followed him out the door. Arizona's hiring of Rich Rodriguez, the godfather of the spread-running offense, likely killed its chances with the pass-catching tight end. Rodriguez still hasn't hired a tight ends coach.
The Wildcats figure to add another 10 or so recruits before national signing day in February. Coaches are still awaiting decisions from two of their top quarterback targets, Modesto (Calif.) Christian School's Nate Sudfeld and Scottsdale Community College's Cody Sokol, and will ramp up their courtship of New Jersey prep star Devin Fuller.
Fuller, like McNamara, will play in the Jan. 7 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.