It’s early — the college football signing period is not until February — but if the recruits could sign on the dotted line today, Rich Rodriguez would have the best class in the Pac-12, according to Scout.com (see the above chart released Monday).
That has happened as many times as Arizona has been to a Rose Bowl — zero.
Does a high ranking such as this correlate to a trip to Pasadena? It certainly helps.
The Wildcats currently have 24 verbal commitments out of a potential 25 signees come February.
Other elite programs in the conference — traditionally and competitively — still have a lot of work to do. UCLA (nine commitments), Oregon (eight) and USC (seven) will undoubtedly get their share of blue-chippers when signing date rolls around.
But for now, Rodriguez and his staff must be appreciative of Scout.com’s ranking of No. 14 nationally. If that holds, it will be Arizona’s highest ranking since it was No. 15 in 2005.
Here is a look at each class since 2002 (national and Pac-12 rankings determined by Scout.com):
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* — Cason was a two-star prospect
** — Five-star recruits
*** — Recruiting class has yet to sign