Arizona got its signature recruit of the Class of 2022 — Anaheim (Calif.) Servite High School five-star wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan.
Arizona coach Jedd Fisch and his staff continued their impressive recruiting effort by getting McMillan to flip his commitment from Oregon to Arizona. The Wildcats’ Class of 2022 is rated No. 24 nationally and No. 2 in the Pac-12 by Rivals.com.
Fisch announced Saturday the acquisition via Twitter (McMillan is nicknamed “T-Mac”):
— Jedd Fisch (@CoachJeddFisch) December 18, 2021
McMillan decided to join three of his Servite teammates in Tucson, especially after former Oregon coach Mario Cristobal left to coach at his alma mater Miami last month. McMillan will join quarterback Noah Fifita, receiver Jacob Manu and tight end Keyan Burnett in the caravan from Anaheim to Tucson.
“The thing with me is coach Cristobal, he left, and there’s a lot of uncertainty with Oregon right now,” McMillan told GOAZCATS.com this week. “Of course, all the promises they made are still there, but there’s still uncertainty. With Arizona, they’ve been with me since day one. They’ve always tried to reach out to me.
“They’ve been recruiting me, committed or not.”
McMillan is Arizona’s first 5-star recruit (as rated by Rivals and 247 Sports) to sign with the Wildcats since defensive tackle Louis Holmes joined Mike Stoops’ program in 2006.
According to Matt Moreno of GOAZCATS.com, Fisch and his staff have been focused on adding all Fifita, Burnett and McMillan since early in the recruiting cycle.
McMillan is a 6-foot-4 receiver rated as the top recruit in California and the second-best receiver in the 2022 class. He was recently named the Gatorade Player of the Year in California.
He caught 88 passes for 1,302 yards and 18 touchdowns this 2021 season to go with 35 tackles, two tackles for loss and eight interceptions as a cornerback.
Arizona Class of 2022 Football RecruitsList of Arizona Class of 2022 football recruits, symbolic of the first full year of recruiting for coach Jedd Fisch and his staff. Star ratings made by Rivals/GOAZCATS.com. *Preferred walk-on.
|Keyan Burnett||TE||Anaheim (CA)||6'4"||222||****|
|Jai-Ayviauynn Celestine||DB||Miami (FL)||5'10"||175||NR|
|Jonah Coleman||ATH||Stockton (CA)||5'9"||185||***|
|Russell Davis II||DE||Chandler||6'4"||215||***|
|Tacario Davis||DB||Long Beach (CA)||6'3"||175||***|
|Noah Fifita||QB||Anaheim (CA)||5'9"||175||***|
|Kevin Green Jr.||WR||Mission Hills (CA)||5'10"||155||***|
|AJ Jones||WR||Ontario (CA)||6'4"||195||***|
|Sterling Lane||DE||Westlake Village (CA)||6'4"||235||****|
|Rayshon Luke||APB||Bellflower (CA)||5'8"||175||***|
|Jacob Manu||LB||Anaheim (CA)||5'11"||207||***|
|Tyler Martin||LB||Cambridge (MA)||6'2"||235||***|
|Tetairoa McMillan||WR||Anaheim (CA)||6'4"||185||*****|
|Ephesians Prysock||DB||Mission Hills (CA)||6'3"||170||****|
|Jacob Reece||OL||Salt Lake City||6'4"||295||**|
|TaiTai Uiagalelei||DE||Santa Ana (CA)||6'3"||220||**|
|Isaiah Ward||LB||Ontario (CA)||6'6"||230||***|
|Jermaine Wiggins Jr.||DT||North Bridgton (ME)||6'4"||250||***|
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