The Pac-12 can be a brutal place to recruit, with competition fierce among tradition-rich rivals like USC and UCLA, not to mention resurgent power programs such as Oregon and Stanford.
That leaves the likes of Arizona, Washington and Utah, to name but a few, to scramble for whichever top recruits slip beneath the radar. When they can move up the food chain to earn a top-10 prospect at any key position, that new addition can be a program changer.
Arizona was the recipient of just such a pledge on Tuesday, with California native and four-star Colony High School running back prospect Nathan Tilford agreeing to join Rich Rodriguez’s Wildcats squad.
News of Tilford’s commitment was first reported by WildcatAuthority publisher Jason Scheer, who noted just how big a pick up Tilford could become for Arizona.
The 6th overall commitment in Arizona’s Class of 2017 is likely the most impressive one, with the ability to emerge as a bona fide star in short order after joining s collegiate program where he should be able to see significant playing time from Day 1. We’ll see if that — and Rodridguez’s innovative offensive schemes — can help Arizona to the next level and beyond in the desert.