Even if Rich Rodriquez manages to get a commitment out of Chaparral High School‘s Davonte’ Neal to add some much-needed lustre to his first recruiting class at University of Arizona, it won’t be in time to display his big catch before National Signing Day arrives next Wednesday.
Neal, a four-star prospect who was twice the Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year while at Chaparral, has scheduled an official visit to the Tucson campus – but not until Feb. 11.
But Rich Rod has found his lustre for next week in another talent pool… famous family names.
Arizona football just got a commitment from Trey Griffey, the son of future Hall of Fame baseball player, Ken Griffey Jr. He’s not a four-star recruit, but the media is already buzzing about his decision to play for the Wildcats.
Griffey is listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals. com and only a two-star by Scout.com.
Not since the son of John Elway, the legendary Denver Broncos quarterback, enrolled at Arizona State a few years back has an Arizona college enjoyed this kind of celebrity status by association. Jack Elway spent a redshirt freshman year in Tempe before deciding his heart wasn’t in the game and walked away from football.
It was just the last year that the young Griffey put up numbers that would get him considered for a Division I program. He transferred in to Dr. Phillips High School (Fla.) for his senior year and was transformed from an average wide receiver to one that set school records.
The lanky 6’2″ youngster provided the primary target for quarterback Nick Patti, who has committed to play for Boise State. He racked up 970 yards on 74 receptions as a senior, both school single-season records.
Griffey, who becomes the 16th recruit to commit to the Class of 2012, also played safety at Dr. Phillips and took his turn at returning kicks.
Rodriquez, who was hired as head coach right after the season ended to replace Mike Stoops, now has three wide receivers in this recruiting class. But he will no doubt make room for one more, should he manage to bring Neal into the fold.
In the meantime, he has some celebrity glitter to sprinkle around at Signing Day.
(Photo: Under Armour All-America Game)