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3-star quarterback Clay Millen decommits from Arizona, creating need at position

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On the same day that its top-ranked signee from the 2020 recruiting class opted to leave the program, the Arizona Wildcats have now lost their top commit from 2021.

Clay Millen, a 3-star quarterback from Washington, announced Thursday night he was decommitting from the Wildcats.

The 6-foot-3, 188-pound Millen is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 479 player in the country as well as the 20th-best pro-style passer in the 2021 class and the No. 11 prospect from Washington. Committed to Arizona last June, Millen did not sign during the early period in December but had previously said he was planning to sign with the Wildcats in February.

Millen’s departure leaves Arizona with only two scholarship quarterbacks on the books: redshirt sophomore Kevin Doyle, who has yet to play in three seasons, and freshman Will Plummer, who played in two games with one start in place of an injured Grant Gunnell in the fall.

Gunnell has since transferred to Memphis, while Rhett Rodriguez joined his father (and ex-UA head coach Rich Rodriguez) at Louisiana-Monroe.

Millen’s decommitment comes on the same day that freshman running back Frank Brown Jr., Arizona’s top-rated commit from 2020, entered the NCAA transfer portal after appearing in one game. The Wildcats will likely pursue a passer from the transfer market.

Arizona’s 2021 class, which includes 15 signed high school and junior college players, five FBS transfers and four yet-to-sign prep prospects, is now ranked 74th nationally and 11th in the Pac-12.