There’s a method to essay-writing that some college professors teach students called a “PIE paragraph structure.”
The PIE stands for point, illustration and explanation.
Let’s apply this to Arizona recruiting.
UA coach Rich Rodriguez has often made the point that, if a recruit just visits Arizona’s campus, the Wildcats have a good chance of reeling that player in.
There might not be a better illustration of this point than defensive lineman Kurtis Brown from Liberty High School in Bakersfield, California.
A few weeks ago, Brown — along with a handful of other 2017 and 2018 recruiting targets — took unofficial visits to Arizona’s campus.
While on campus, Brown toured Arizona’s Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, watched the team in a spring practice and spoke with Arizona’s coaches.
He even got to spend some time with UA safety Anthony Mariscal, a teammate from Liberty.
Brown’s excitement shined through on his Twitter page, as he posted multiple photos at Arizona Stadium with a wide smile, and one with a caption that read “Freaking loved my Arizona visit today! #BearDown.”
He verbally committed to the Wildcats on Tuesday night, choosing the UA over Colorado, Oregon State, San Diego State and Washington State.
The reason? His visit.
“Man, I just can’t express how much I love this school,” Brown explained to the Star. “So much.”
Linebacker Kylan Wilborn also verbally commited to the Wildcats on Tuesday, one week after visiting.
For both Brown and Wilborn, the biggest selling point was Arizona’s coaching staff.
As has been a theme in this recent recruiting season, it was a handful of Arizona’s new defensive coaches that sealed the deal for both of them.
Brown, a three-star defensive lineman according to Scout.com, was primarily recruited by defensive line coach Vince Amey, while Wilborn’s lead recruiter was defensive coordinator Marcel Yates.
“The connection with the coaches was off the charts, but also when they were talking to me, they made me believe I can be something special there and compete right away, the second I step on campus,” Brown said.
“That was a huge thing not many other schools have told me. It was great that they liked me that much already.”
The message was similar for Wilborn, a three-star linebacker.
“They’re just a bunch of cool guys that you can relate to,” Wilborn said of Arizona’s coaches. “They’re great people overall, and I know they’ll definitely get the best out of me and push me. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”
Brown and Wilborn became the third and fourth verbal commitments in Arizona’s 2017 class, joining Catalina Foothills quarterback Rhett Rodriguez and four-star athlete Greg Johnson.
Wednesday, another player joined the fray: three-star tight end Bryce Wolma, from Saline, Michigan.
NCAA puts an end
to satellite camps
Friday, the NCAA ruled that satellite camps would no longer be permitted.
The camps allowed college coaches to travel long distances to work at camps hosted by other programs. NCAA rules prohibited colleges from hosting camps outside of a 50-mile radius of their campus, but they were allowed to be guests at camps hosted by other institutions.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh traveled all over the country to take advantage of satellite camps.
The SEC and ACC’s coaches were adamantly against it, though, as those conferences prohibited coaches from stepping out of that 50-mile radius at all for camps.
Arizona’s Rodriguez addressed these camps during spring drills last month.
“Our camps, I’ve said this many times, are absolutely critical to recruiting,” he said.
“That’s why we have camps here and are anticipating satellite camps. We want to spread knowledge and teach fundamentals, but let’s not kid ourselves: Satellite camps are a boost in recruiting.”
The Wildcats have benefited from camps in the past. Last summer, UA assistant Charlie Ragle had some quality face time at a Hawaii camp with offensive lineman Michael Eletise, who eventually turned into the centerpiece of Arizona’s 2016 recruiting class.
The Wildcats had planned to attend some camps this summer, and in the past the UA has attended camps all over California, in Glendale and Hawaii.
- Wilborn, listed at 6 feet 1 inch and 235 pounds, said Arizona recruited him as an outside linebacker who will occasionally rush the passer. Brown, listed at 6-3, 260, was recruited as a defensive tackle who will also get some looks at defensive end.
- Four-star corner
- Thomas Graham Jr.
- , from Rancho Cucamonga, California, backed out of a verbal commitment to USC this week. Arizona is believed to be one of his top choices.
- Wolma had committed to Northwestern last week, but flipped his commitment to the Wildcats on Wednesday. He’s close friends with
- Rhett Rodriguez
- , Rich’s son, from when he lived in Michigan.