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Pac-12 Football Recruiting: The Top 10 Recruits From Arizona During the Internet Recruiting Age

Everson Griffen and Zach Miller are the top recruits to come out of Arizona in recent years.

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

The next installment of our look at the top recruits to ever come out of the various states of the Pac-12 region during the Internet age heads onto Arizona.

  1. Everson Griffen DE Class of 2007 - Avondale-Aqua Fria Union - USC

Griffen was arguably the top defensive lineman of his class and was one of the most impressive athletes to ever come out of Arizona as he 4.4 forty at 265. He could have gone anywhere in the country and Florida, Michigan and Oregon fought hard, but he headed to USC which was cleaning up in recruiting at the time. Griffen had a good, but not great career at USC and ended up being a fourth-round pick by the Vikings.

  1. Zach Miller TE Class of 2004 - Phoenix-Desert Vista -Arizona State

Miller was as good of a tight end prospect that has ever come from out West as he was one of the top recruits in the nation at any position due to how polished, big and athletic he was. Miller took a look at a number of national schools, but ended up staying home in the end and heading to Arizona State to join his brother. Miller lived up to expectations as a Sun Devil and only played three seasons before heading to the NFL where he was drafted in the second round and has gone on to have a solid career.

  1. Brett Hundley QB Class of 2011 - Chandler - UCLA

The ultra-athletic Hundley seemed to have it all coming out of high school and was one of the top quarterbacks in the Class of 2011 and one of the best to ever come out of Arizona. Hundley was fought hard for by UCLA and Washington and ended up heading to UCLA where he a huge breakout season as just a redshirt freshman last season.

  1. Kristofer O'Dowd C Class of 2007 - Tucson-Salpointe Catholic - USC

The top center in the Class of 2007, O'Dowd was incredibly quick and athletic for how big he was and drew attention to Tucson from all over the country. O'Dowd could have went just about anywhere in the country and like most elite prospects on the West Coast at the time, he signed with USC. O'Dowd battled injuries throughout his career but was one of the best linemen in the conference towards the end of his career and has played in the NFL since graduating.

  1. Devon Kennard DE Class of 2009 - Phoenix-Desert Vista - USC

Similar to Griffen, Kennard was a big pass-rusher that was one of the best defensive linemen in his class. Kennard was recruited by a number of national programs, but ended up staying on the West Coast and signing with USC. Kennard has battled injuries during his career at USC, but will be a senior in 2013 with a chance to make a big impact.

  1. Christian Westerman G Class of 2011 - Chandler-Hamilton - Auburn

Likely the top guard in the class of 2011, Westerman was skilled and polished and one of the top players out West at any position. Westerman had an interesting recruiting which saw him initially commit to Texas very early before decommitting and ultimately signing with Auburn. Westerman played a bit as a redshirt freshman last season, but announced after the season that he will be transferring to Arizona State.

  1. Corey Adams DT Class of 2009 - Scottsdale-Saguaro - Arizona State

Adams was a physical freak that looked like the kind of guy who could end up being a top pick in the NFL Draft coming out of high school. Adams considered powerhouse schools like USC, Ohio State and Nebraska but ended up staying home and signing with Arizona State. Unfortunately Adams battled injuries all throughout his career and eventually had to retire from football as a senior.

  1. Priest Willis CB Class of 2013 - Tempe-Marcus De Niza - UCLA

Willis is a very interesting athlete that at 6'2, could play either cornerback or safety and was one of the most recruited defensive backs in the country of the Class of 2013. Willis played his recruitment pretty close to the vest and was rumored to be locked into a number of schools before he committed to UCLA.

  1. Ekom Udofia DT Class of 2005 - Scottsdale-Chaparral - Stanford

Udofia was a dream athlete at defensive tackle that ran a sub 5.0 forty at 320 pounds and was coveted by just about every big time school in the country. Udofia considered powerhouses like Miami, Oklahoma and USC before choosing Stanford. Udofia played quite a bit throughout his career at Stanford, but never quite fulfilled his unlimited potential and has played a bit in the NFL and CFL since.

  1. Davonte' Neal CB Class of 2012 - Scottsdale-Chaparral - Notre Dame

Neal was a small athlete that was as explosive as anyone in the Class of 2012 and could have played a number of skill positions coming out of high school. Neal had a very drawn out recruitment that eventually saw him sign with Notre Dame. However, Neal left Notre Dame almost as soon as he showed up and recently transferred to Arizona.

Others considered

Cyrus Hobbi (G Class of 2011 - Scottsdale-Saguaro - USC), Andrus Peat (T Class of 2012 - Tempe-Corona Del Sol - Stanford), Craig Roh (DE Class of 2009 - Scottsdale-Chaparral - Michigan), Nick Rowland (G Class of 2010 - Peoria-Centennial - Oregon), Jermaine Williams (DE Class of 2006 - Phoenix-Maryvale - Arizona State)