Defensive lineman Adam Plant Jr. will not be joining the Arizona Wildcats after all, his father announced early Tuesday morning on Instagram.
The three-star signee was scheduled to begin his UA career this fall. Plant was Arizona’s third-highest ranked 2018 recruit, only behind quarterbacks Kevin Doyle and Jamarye Joiner, per 247Sports.
“We have made other plans, so to everyone (at Arizona) my son, myself and family are extremely appreciative of the opportunity of my son had at Arizona unfortunately my son will not be attending anymore,” Plant’s father said on Instagram.
“We have our reasons but we greatly appreciate the coaching staff, the wonderful people of Tucson and especially (David Hill) for all the great help. We wish the Wildcats great success this year. Thank you again from the Plant Family.”
WE HAVE MADE OTHER PLANS, SO To everyone @arizonafootball @universityofarizona my son @apjthe1 myself and family are extremely appreciative of the opportunity of my son had at Arizona unfortunately my son will not be attending anymore we have our reasons but we greatly appreciate the coaching staff, the wonderful people of TUSCON and especially @dhill3939 for all the great help, We wish the wildcats great success this year, Thank you again from the PLANT FAMILY
Plant had offers from Oregon, Penn State, and USC. He committed to Arizona in April of 2017, decommitted two months later, then re-committed in November while Rich Rodriguez was still head coach, before finally signing his National Letter of Intent in February after Kevin Sumlin took over.
There were some rumors that Plant was having trouble qualifying academically, but it’s not clear if that’s the reason for his change of plans. He was expected to compete for playing time immediately.
Plant had 52 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, five pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries as a senior at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. The 6-5, 245-pound prospect was ranked as the No. 6 player in Nevada and the No. 41 weakside defensive end in the country, per 247Sports.
Arizona is scheduled to begin fall camp on Aug. 3.