Hopkins leads next wave of Ariz. recruits 

June, 13, 2012
The head coaches at Arizona and Arizona State have to recruit in-state players. The problem with that notion is that players in Arizona have been sporadic. Since the dawn of the McDonald’s All-American Game, only five Arizonans have made the cut. There were two in the 1980’s, two in the 90’s and one in 2007. That’s it. Therefore, the Wildcats and Sun Devils have had to import talent -- until now.

This year, the state has an ESPN 100 player in Jaron Hopkins (Basha, Ariz./Chandler) and talent coming behind him in the 2014 and 2015 classes. All of the sudden it seems like Arizona, as a talent producer, is onto something.

“They’re posting on message boards that [the state of] Arizona is becoming an elite power,” Hopkins said. “Guys are getting better and it’s starting to rub off.”