Salpointe’s touted Class of 2022 quarterback Treyson Bourguet announced via Twitter tonight that he is reopening his recruitment following the recent coaching change in Arizona’s program.
Bourguet, 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, verbally committed in August to Arizona offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone and head coach Kevin Sumlin. The university relieved Sumlin of his duties effective immediately Saturday after the Wildcats were 0-5 following a 70-7 loss to Arizona State at Arizona Stadium on Friday.
Bourguet’s message on his Tweet: “With the recent changes in regards to the coaching staff at Arizona, I have decided to take some time to reflect and reopen my recruitment. No love has been lost for the great University of Arizona, and I will continue to keep the new staff involved with my recruitment.”
His announcement was made right before Bourguet and his family attended the Zoo Lights holiday show at the Reid Park Zoo.
Bourguet’s father Toby, instrumental in youth football development in Tucson as the founder and president of the successful Tucson Turf program, said his son’s decision was a practical one to allow other suitors to show their interest while Arizona goes through the process of selecting a new coach.
“If you’re committed, then other schools aren’t really going to be considering you as a potential recruit,” the elder Bourguet said. “You just want to be as smart as possible.
“Obviously, his dream school is the U of A, just like it was for (brother) Trenton. What happens will depend on his decision and, vice-versa, right? He was recruited by the last staff so if they’re running a triple-option I don’t know if Treyson will be a good fit and vice-versa.”
Trenton walked on at ASU after his career concluded at Marana in 2018 after coach Herm Edwards invited him as a preferred walk-on. He played as a backup to Jayden Daniels in ASU’s win over Arizona on Friday.
Toby Bourguet mentioned that “Coach Sumlin was more than awesome” in the recruiting process, and he lauded Mazzone for the relationship he developed with his son.
“We have nothing bad to say about our experience, the relationships that we created with the staff,” the elder Bourguet said. “It’s unfortunate. We understand, but at the same time, it makes us get back to Square One and see where we’re at.”
Bourguet developed into one of the top Class of 2022 prospects in the state this year leading the Lancers to an unexpected berth in the Open Division playoffs following the graduation of Texas-bound Bijan Robinson and Ohio State recruit Lathan Ransom (who was one of the team’s top 10 tacklers from a year ago who were seniors).
The program also lost 19-year coach Dennis Bene, who won 184 games and a state championship in his tenure before resigning.
Bourguet provided new coach Eric Rogers and staff hope with his ability and leadership with his teammates.
In Salpointe’s seven games this season (shortened because of COVID-19), he completed 81 of 139 pass attempts for 1,072 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. In 14 games in his career, he has 1,877 passing yards completing 126 of 207 passes with 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
“Treyson’s getting straight A’s and doing what he needs to do on and off the field,” Toby Bourguet said. “He’ll continue to have a good offseason and see where it goes.
“I only hope for the best for U of A. I grew up in Tucson. Being a big Wildcat fan, we want the best for the program.”
In other recruiting developments, CDO senior running back Stevie Rocker Jr. plans to honor his commitment to Arizona and sign Wednesday as reported by 247Sports and high-profile Class of 2022 receiver recruit Kyion Grayes of Chandler has announced he has decommitted to Arizona.
— Kyion Grayes II (@KyiongrayesII) December 14, 2020
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