Grant Jerrett, the first member of Arizona’s illustrious top ranked 2012 recruiting class, is making it official today. The skilled 6’10 post player intends to sign his National Letter of Intent and officially become an Arizona Wildcat at 4pm today.
“It just feels great,” Jerrett told PGU. “I’ve been committed to Arizona for a long time, so it’s exciting to finally make it official.”
Jerrett is the last member of the Wildcats’ 2012 recruiting class to sign in the early period. He said that he was happy that the day was finally here and that it was nice to have his family there as well.
“I waited a few days so my parents could be there to watch me sign,” he said. “It’s a big deal for them so I’m glad they can be here and that they’re proud of me.”
Though Arizona’s #1 recruiting class didn’t take shape until a few months ago, Jerrett has been committed to the Wildcats since November of 2010, long before their spectacular NCAA tournament run and recruiting trail momentum.
“I knew Sean Miller is a great coach and that Arizona is a top caliber program, so the decision wasn’t hard for me,” Jerrett said. “It was the right fit for me so I committed a little earlier than the other guys in our class.”
“The U of A is a great place to play basketball, we have a great coaching staff and a lot of great players,” he said. “Coach Miller is one of the best coaches in the country and we have a really bright future ahead of us.”
Being from La Verne, California, Jerrett has developed a relationship with fellow Californians and 2012 Arizona commits Gabe York and Brandon Ashley.
“Brandon and Gabe are great guys, I’ve known them for awhile too,” he said. “We’ve played with and against each other before and we all get along really well, there’s already a lot of chemistry with us as a group. Kaleb (Tarczewski) is a great fit too, he’s a cool person and to add a player of his talent makes us really strong.”
While some recruits would worry about playing time in a class with three elite post prospects, Jerrett welcomes the challenge of playing alongside talented players.
“We’re going to have great depth in the post and be really tough on our opponents in the paint with the kind of skilled and talented bigs we have coming in,” he said. “And it’s going to make us all that much better to practice against each other everyday. I think we’re all going to help each other develop and improve and hopefully we’ll have a great team.”
There’s definitely a good rapport between the members of Arizona’s 2012 class, and Jerrett had good things to say about all of his future teammates.
“Gabe is such an electric player,” Jerrett said, “he’s really exciting to watch, I think the fans are really going to like him. He lights it up from the three point line and he’s just a dangerous shooter from all over the court. He’s got athleticism too so he’s a really dynamic guard that’s going to be a factor in the backcourt.”
“Brandon and I have played against each other a lot, and we’ve played together a lot too, especially over the summer,” he added. “Just over the summer we were on the same team at the Nike Global Challenge in Portland and the Amare Stoudemire and Lebron James camps in Chicago. He’s a really skilled player and he can hurt you in so many ways, we both know how to play off each other and we pick up on each other’s tendencies too.”
“And Kaleb really strengthens our post, he’s such a nice guy but he’s a really fierce competitor,” Jerrett said. “Our practices are going to be ridiculously tough with our post guys going at each other everyday, playing against guys like Kaleb and Brandon is really going to prepare me for the best competition.”
With the hype of being a part of the ranked #1 recruiting class in the country, Jerrett stays humble but says he and his classmates have their sights set on big goals.
“It obviously feels good to be recognized as the best class in the country so far, but none of that really means anything until you accomplish something on the court, we all know that,” Jerrett told PGU. “With the way our roster is shaping up, we have the potential to be a really good team and accomplish some big things. Our goal is to win our conference and the National Championship, and we think we can do it.”
Thanks to Grant Jerrett for being a friend of the site and always taking the time to talk with us. Congratulations to Grant and his family.