One of Rich Rod's goals when he came to Arizona was to make sure he keeps Arizona's best players in the state. He did just that when he landed Demetrius Flannigan.
Flannigan played two years at Tucson High where he starred on both sides of the ball. As a sophomore he had 10 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns as well as two interceptions, including one pick-6. In his junior season, he caught 10 passes for 153 yards, but his best work came on the defensive end. He was named as a first team All-Southern Arizona selection by the Arizona Daily Star.
The Tucson High star was supposed to play at Mountain View High School this past season, but was forced to miss his senior season as he was ruled ineligible because of a recruiting violation.
He will also not play for the Wildcats in 2015 as he has become a "grayshirt" candidate like Jamie Nunley.
That should be it, likely meaning no announcements on Demetrius Flannigan, Darrell Clark & Jamie Nunley. Could be grayshirt candidates.— Daniel Berk (@DSBerk) February 4, 2015
Just another obstacle......— Demetrius Flannigan™ (@Dflann7) February 3, 2015
Work— Demetrius Flannigan™ (@Dflann7) February 5, 2015
247Sports.com has Flannigan rated 115th of all safeties in the country and as the 26th best player in Arizona. However, he is also listed as a cornerback on some sites and reportedly Arizona cornerbacks coach David Lockwood sees Flannigan as a corner, as he likes the length that the 6'3" athlete possesses since it enables him to "go up and get the ball." Arizona was the first Division 1 school to offer Flannigan a scholarship, and shortly after he received the offer, he committed to his hometown school.
Here are some of Flannigan's highlights:
Cornerback is certainly a position of need for Arizona as the departure of seniors Tra'Mayne Bondurant and Jonathan McKnight likely hurts what was already considered a relatively weak unit. With DaVonte' Neal switching to corner next year, and another year of development for guys like Cam Denson and Jarvis McCall, who knows what the landscape will look like when Flannigan gets on campus.