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The lead recruiter for the Arizona Wildcats football team dissed his school’s main rival earlier this week over some decommitments and reported dropped scholarships.
Arizona assistant Theron Aych, also Arizona’s tight ends and inside receivers coach, took a jab at the ASU football team in a video conference call with reporters.
After being asked about the likelihood of recruits staying with their initial pledges in 2021 in the wake of COVID-19, Aych said:
“That’s the question of the year. The advantage is, nobody can visit campus. The disadvantage is, nobody can visit campus. This is going to be an interesting recruiting cycle. But I do notice that, other than maybe possibly some school up north, that most guys are sticking with their commitments on both ends.”
The “school up north” is of course, Arizona State, which experienced some recruiting losses this month.
Recently, offensive tackle Marcus Mbow And tight end Garrett Gillette announced on social media that ASU had “dropped their scholarships.”
ASU also recently saw the decommitment of offensive lineman Charles Lamar Armstrong, linebacker Isaiah Pipkins and defensive end Caleb Banks.
ASU could land other, potentially higher-rated recruits in the wake of the decommitments.
247 Sports had ASU ranked No. 19 in the nation earlier this month, but the Sun Devils are currently ranked No. 34 according to that site for its 2021 class.
Arizona is No. 49.
ASU currently has 16 commitments for its 2021 class.
Arizona has 24.
“I think as a recruiter, as a coach, it really helped you learn to focus on truly developing a relationship,” Aych added on the conference call, according to SB Nation. “There are some times I’ve got to admit, you know, we’re boom, boom, boom, trying to see so many kids in so many days at so many schools. I can be in Kansas in the morning and New Orleans at night, and anywhere in between. So, where now I had a lot more time to really settle in and focus on those 30 kids and develop those relationships, find out what that kid and that family is really looking for.”
According to 247 Sports, five of ASU’s 16 current 2021 commits are four-stars while 10 are three-stars.
23 of Arizona’s 24 commits are three-star recruits, according to that site.
Social media reacted to Arch’s perceived shade of ASU’s recruiting and some Sun Devil fans were not amused.