Rich Rodriguez has made no secret of the fact that he likes to stockpile quarterbacks. The more options, the better.
The Arizona Wildcats' second-year coach now has his first quarterback of the 2014 recruiting class. Brandon Dawkins of Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian High School verbally committed to the UA Thursday night.
"I am officially a wildcat. #BearDown," Dawkins tweeted.
Dawkins, who is rated a three-star recruit by the Scout.com recruiting service, chose the UA over offers from Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Utah and Hawaii. He told Scout this week he was down to Utah and Arizona and was hoping to end his recruitment soon.
In Dawkins, the Wildcats get a rare prospect who chose the UA over a national power like Notre Dame. He also visited Ohio State recently and had interest from USC, despite not yet holding an offer from either school.
Dawkins is a dual-threat quarterback with plenty of size, listed at 6 feet 4 inches and 215 pounds. He's rated as the 23rd-best quarterback in the country by Scout. Dawkins is the 14th known commitment for the Wildcats for 2014 and eighth offensive player to join the class.
"I will be spending the next 4 or 5 years of my life at the University of Arizona," Dawkins tweeted. "Thanks to all the people who have helped me on this journey so far. Thanks for all the support from everyone also. I love you all. #Wildcats #BearDown."
Six months before national signing day, the UA seems to be in pretty good shape at the offensive skill position spots. With Dawkins now on board, the Wildcats have a quarterback, two running backs and four wide receivers verbally committed to the 2014 class.
And it's not just quantity; it also appears to be quality.
The UA also has a four-star prospect at wide receiver in Salpointe Catholic High School star Cameron Denson, and another four-star recruit at running back in Fresno, Calif., product Nick Wilson. Jonathan Haden, a three-star recruit out of Washington D.C., is also on board at running back. Wide receiver Jordan Morgan, a three-star prospect, committed to the UA in June and has garnered more attention as the summer has gone on.
Dawkins' commitment could be the first of many to come over the next few days.
Rodriguez and his staff will host a red carpet event on Saturday to open the new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, and several recruits are expected to attend.
Dawkins told Scout he was planning on attending the function but couldn't because of a scheduling conflict; he said he decided to call Rodriguez on Thursday and commit rather than wait.
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