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Arizona Football: Coach Rodriguez's Biggest National Signing Day Battles

Brian PedersenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2014

Arizona Football: Coach Rodriguez's Biggest National Signing Day Battles

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    We're less than a week away from one the most important dates on the college football calendar: national signing day.

    And despite the short timespan between now and when thousands of high school standouts send off a life-altering fax to their school of choice, so much can still happen to completely alter how that signature day will go.

    Commitments can be broken. Flips and flops will happen. And still-undecided studs will finally come to a decision.

    Coaches will be working the phones, text messaging and employing various other methods of communication to try to lure in (or hold on to) that last big fish, and many battles could happen between coaches as the day arrives.

    For Arizona, there doesn't appear to be much uncertainty heading into signing day, as Rich Rodriguez and his staff have had their commitment tally sitting at 28 for a few weeks now. But some movement could still happen, and we've identified the biggest signing-day battles the Wildcats coaches might get involved in.

     

    (Note: All rankings and ratings courtesy of 247Sports)

Jabril Frazier, Linebacker

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    Height, weight: 6'4", 225 lbs

    Composite ranking: 971st

    Who Arizona is battling with: Boise State, USC

     

    Jabril Frazier, a 3-star prospect from Los Angeles, made an unofficial visit to Arizona in July but never came back on an official basis. Instead, he's been to Boise and USC, who appear to both have a leg up on the Wildcats. One more linebacker would be a great final piece to Arizona's recruiting class, so expect Rich Rodriguez to keep pressing for Frazier right up until signing day.

Marcus Griffin, Defensive Tackle

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    Height, weight: 6'3", 300 lbs

    Composite ranking: 598th

    Who Arizona is battling with: California, Mississippi State, Washington State

     

    The 3-star prospect from Bellevue, Wash., visited Arizona last weekend, the only player the Wildcats hosted. He's already been to Cal and WSU, and is scheduled to visit MSU on Jan. 31. But the Bulldogs are getting a jump on that appointment, as Marcus Griffin tweeted a picture of MSU coach Dan Mullen visiting him at home on Tuesday.

Andrew Mike, Offensive Tackle

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    Height, weight: 6'7", 270 lbs

    Composite ranking: 417th

    Who Arizona is battling with: Arkansas, Florida, Washington

     

    Rich Rodriguez is hoping to play the hometown-kid card on this one. Despite the Tucson native not having made an official visit to Arizona, the two sides are well-aware of each other, with Rodriguez often popping in on Mike's high school practices and games. Andrew Mike went to Washington in November, but the past two weekends have sent him to the South to visit Arkansas and Florida, according to 247Sports.com.

Damian Prince, Offensive Tackle

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    Height, weight: 6'5", 295 lbs

    Composite ranking: 27th

    Who Arizona is battling with: Florida, Maryland

     

    In reality, Arizona isn't actually in a battle with these schools for Damian Prince, a 5-star prospect who is the top-rated lineman left to commit. He plans to wait until signing day to make his decision, according to Adam Friedman of Rivals.com. And though LSU and Penn State might also be in the mix, Arizona can be considered no better than a major long shot.

John Smith, Athlete

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    Height, weight: 6'1", 200 lbs

    Composite ranking: 20th

    Who Arizona is battling with: Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, USC

     

    Truth be told, Rich Rodriguez would love it if he could get into a battle for this 5-star athlete, but the reality is he's made all of his visits and getting him to sign with the Wildcats without an in-depth trip to Tucson is not likely to happen. Arizona's saving grace might be that it was one of the first schools to offer Smith, back in February 2013, and it's tried to stay on his radar since then.

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