Despite the University of Arizona’s recent involvement in a recruiting scandal, UA commit Shareef O’Neal still plans to officially visit for the Arizona Wildcats’ Red-Blue game on Oct. 20, tweeting Saturday that it “should be fun.”
See you on the 20th Arizona ! Official visit should be fun✊ ❤️— Shareef O'Neal (@SSJreef) October 7, 2017
Why is this news? Because a few experts recently predicted that O’Neal will flip his commitment to the Kentucky Wildcats, as he is “likely” to visit Lexington on Oct. 13 for Big Blue Madness.
So the fact O’Neal still plans to visit Tucson as scheduled is a positive development for Arizona.
And there haven’t been many of those lately.
Recruiting guru Adam Zagoria called Arizona one of the “biggest losers” since the FBI’s investigation went public last Tuesday.
Biggest losers in recruiting after the scandal: Louisville, Arizona, Miami, USC, Auburn.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 7, 2017
Biggest winners so far: UK, Maryland, Oregon, TBD
Four top-10 prospects — Bol Bol, R.J. Barrett, Nassir Little, and Simi Shittu — recently eliminated the UA from consideration because of the FBI investigation.
Losing O’Neal, a four-star prospect, would be yet another significant blow, hence why it’s newsworthy that he still plans to visit for the Red-Blue game.
Still, Sean Miller said Thursday that he is “not sure” if Arizona will sign two to three prospects in November as originally planned.
While Arizona has not had any recruits decommit yet, the program is in an obvious state of disarray until the recruiting scandal — and the punishments that may come along with it — gets sorted out.
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