Last updated 4:43 p.m.
Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez received a commitment from his most prized recruit around 10:30 a.m. today, as Woodbridge High School defensive end Kyle Kelley faxed in his letter of intent. The four-star linebacker from Irvine, Calif., is likely the biggest get for the Wildcats in this class with the lone exception being a potential surprise should in-state receiver Davonte' Neal decide to join Arizona.
Offensive lineman Zach Hemmila from Chandler High is so far the only other four-star prospect that has signed with the Wildcats.
Rodriguez received 10 commitments from recruits by 8 a.m. MST during his first national letter of intent signing day.
It was a solid and early start for RichRod, whose class spans from nearly every corner of the good ol' USA. Rodriguez is tweeting out the commitments as they come in, and the first came by way of Dakota Conwell, a three star linebacker from Pittsburgh, Pa. He was a former Pittsburgh commitment who followed recruiter and new assistant coach Tony Gibson from the Panthers to the Wildcats.
RichRod also has pulled in Scottsdale Chaparral linebacker Cody Ippolito, who is No. 1 Arizona recruit Davonte' Neal's best friend, according to the Arizona Daily Star, and defensive end Dylan Cozens, another Chaparral product.
Cozens' decision was probably the biggest surprise for the Wildcats. He's a three-star player who had solid offers from teams like Washington, Utah and Arizona State.
Another surprise was the commitment of Bryan Harper, a three-star athlete out of Colony High in Ontario, Calif., who chose Arizona over Oregon, UCLA, Washington and Oregon State. According to Anthony Gimino, Rodriguez said Harper was one of the best athletes they saw in this class, and he could end up anywhere from DB, WR and even as a dual-threat quarterback.
Other noteable signings early this morning were three star wideout Trey Griffey, the son of former baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. The Wildcats received good news, as expected, from two quarterbacks to fill in a large hole behind next year's likely starter, Matt Scott.
Josh Kern, a 6-foot-5, 190 pound quarterback rated three stars by rivals is from San Antonio, Texas, and Javelle Allen, a 6-foot-1, 205 pound signal caller from Prosper, Texas, have already sent in their faxed letters of intent.
The list of the the other commitments:
San Antonio, TX
New Orleans, LA
Satellite Beach, FL.
Culver City, CA
Key West, FL
St. John Bosco
Oklahoma City, OK