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Arizona offers 5-star 2022 quarterback Maalik Murphy

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While the Arizona Wildcats still have a few slots left open in their 2021 recruiting class, the 2022 class is devoid of any commitments after two prospects backed off their pledges last month.

New coach Jedd Fisch has made his first offer to a 2022 recruit, and it’s a big one.

The UA has offered a scholarship to 5-star quarterback Maalik Murphy, who just happens to attend the same California high school that produced a recent standout Wildcats QB.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Murphy is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 30 player in the 2022 class, as well as the second-best pro-style passer in the country and the No. 4 prospect in California. He’s currently a junior at Junipero Serra HS in Gardena, Calif., where Khalil Tate prepped before coming to Tucson.

The odds of Arizona being able to land Murphy are slim, however. He has 28 other offers, including from blue chip programs like Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Texas as well as Pac-12 schools ASU, Oregon, USC and Washington.

Arizona previously held commitments from a pair of in-state 2022 prospects, but 4-star Chandler wide receiver Kyion Grayes and 3-star Tucson quarterback Treyson Bourguet both decommitted shortly after Kevin Sumlin was fired.