The Arizona Wildcats have lost one of their top incoming freshmen a month before practices are set to begin.
Adam Plant Jr., a three-star defensive lineman from Las Vegas, will not be attending the UA, his father wrote on Instagram early Tuesday. Plant was the third-highest ranked recruit in Arizona’s 2018 recruiting class, trailing three-star quarterbacks Jamarye Joiner and Kevin Doyle.
“We have made other plans, so to everyone (at Arizona), my son (Adam Plant Jr.), myself and family are extremely appreciative of the opportunity my son had at Arizona, unfortunately my son will not be attending anymore,” Plant Sr. said in his Instagram post. “We have our reasons, but we greatly appreciate the coaching staff, the wonderful people of Tucson and (David Hill) for all of the great help. We wish the Wildcats great success this year.”
The 6-foot-5-inch, 245-pound Plant Jr. was listed as the No. 54 defensive end in the country, per 247Sports’ national composite rankings. He initially chose Arizona over offers from USC, Penn State and Oregon.
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This isn’t the first time Plant backed out from Arizona. The Bishop Gorman High School star decommitted last summer, two months after he originally committed. After five months of weighing schools, Plant committed back to the Wildcats in November. He signed his national letter of intent in February.
Although he is still listed as a student in the UA student directory, Star reporter Michael Lev previously reported that Plant could face academic hurdles. One source told the Star that “if it is true that he isn’t gonna’ make it, the only reason would be because of academics.” Defensive coordinator Marcel Yates also told the Star that Plant’s reasoning to back out from UA is most likely from grades.
Plant’s decision could be an early recruiting blow to first-year coach Kevin Sumlin. The former Texas A&M boss has received multiple verbal commitments this summer as he tries to reshape a program that stumbled to recruit nationally under former coach Rich Rodriguez. Sumlin and his staff is emphasizing the state of Texas, an area that Rodriguez largely ignored until his final year at the helm. Plant attended the same high school as former Wildcats Keola Antolin and Anu Solomon.