It took a 12-game losing streak for the Arizona Wildcats to fire Kevin Sumlin. They may lose that many recruits, if not more, before finding his replacement.
Arizona has seen four commitments from the 2021 and 2022 recruiting classes back off their pledges since Sumlin was fired on Saturday, including two more so far on Monday. The latest decommitments include a 2022 in-state prospect who would have been a huge get.
Kyion Grayes, a 4-star wide receiver from Chandler who is part of the 2022 recruiting class, decommitted on Monday morning, with 2021 junior college cornerback Antonio Brooks following suit in the afternoon.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Grayes is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 313 player in the 2022 class, as well as the 47th-best wide receiver and No. 3 prospect from Arizona. Grayes committed to the UA in August, but since then had picked up scholarship offers from Ohio State, Oregon and LSU, already making it unlikely he would remain part of the Wildcats’ future.
The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Brooks, who played for Kilgore Junior College in Missouri City, Texas, is ranked by 247Sports as the 38th-best JUCO prospect in the 2021 class. He was also considered the sixth-best JUCO cornerback and No. 2 junior college player from Texas.
Brooks, who committed to the UA in July over offers from Baylor, Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette, is the fifth member of Arizona’s 2021 class to decommit this month including three since Sumlin’s firing on Saturday. Louisiana high school prospects Tyrese Johnson and Montrell Johnson dropped out on Sunday.
Arizona is now left with 18 players in its 2021 class ahead of Wednesday’s early signing period. The group is now ranked 10th in the Pac-12—it had been as high as fifth—and 68th in the country.