Arizona Wildcats' Recruiting Still Up in the Air with Coaching Defections

Tom PhillipsCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2010

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 28:  Head coach Mike Stoops of the Arizona Wildcats walks the sidelines during the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Sun Devils 20-17.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Usually when a team finishes second in the conference for their best season in a decade, there is stability for the team.

Coaches stick around, and the team is able to keep and bring in better recruits.

This has not been the case for Arizona.

Both coordinators have left for greener pastures, the most costly one being offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes.

The timing of his departure was what has hurt the Wildcats the most. His departure this late in the recruiting season has been bad for the Wildcats.

Quarterback Matt Brown decommitted and committed to TCU after Dykes left. Up until Sunday, the Wildcats have proven to be unable to get any quarterbacks interested in the program. The Wildcats did get a quarterback to commit, Cameron Allerheiligen , but he was without a bio by a recruiting service until committing.

Being without an official offensive coordinator hurt the Wildcats at the quarterback position, but luckily they were able to keep their recruits and the coaches that recruited them.

Many of the offensive recruits were shocked by Dykes' departure, and some even considered looking elsewhere, but the efforts of the Arizona coaching staff ensured that Arizona kept most of its recruits. Most have been told that the Wildcats will keep the same fundamentals of the spread offense.

On defense the Wildcats have had to play a game of cat and mouse with one of their recruits.

Kirifi Taula , a highly regarded defensive tackle out of California, committed to Arizona in December. In the past week, he visited Washington and looked to be committing there, but a visit to Arizona this past weekend reaffirmed his intentions of going to Arizona.

As of today the Wildcats currently have 19 recruits and are likely only looking to take three or four more recruits.

At least five recruits that Arizona is in on are making Signing Day decisions. Wednesday is sure to be a wild ride, and as all college football fans know, nothing is final until the letter is faxed in.