Beau Boyster decided against taking a visit to Oregon this past weekend, not to slight the Ducks but because he is happy with the direction of Arizona's program and didn't want to wait to see if an Oregon offer would come.
Boyster, a three-star center from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, made it clear he has the highest respect for Oregon's program and assistant coach Steve Greatwood but has decided to stick with the Wildcats.
"Everyone thinks I shut Oregon down," Boyster said. "I would never do that. It was more of a mutual agreement between me and coach Greatwood. They were going to offer me pretty soon after they heard from a couple guys and they didn't know if they were going to get them. They wanted me to be next in line and I didn't want to be that guy.
"Coach Greatwood has been super cool throughout the whole recruiting process since my sophomore year. Oregon has their draw of kids right now. That's the way it is. I have to face the fact that I'm not the best. I'm going to work as hard as I can to be the best but that's how it is right now."
With Oregon seemingly out of the picture and Boyster pleased with Arizona it's almost certain now that the three-star will honor his commitment to the Wildcats.
Rated as the fourth-best center in the 2012 class and No. 67 in the California state rankings, Boyster said he's especially happy the Wildcats retained offensive line coach Robert Anae.
After visiting with new coach Rich Rodriguez, Boyster said he likes where the program is headed and he wants to be a part of the change.
"I'm really happy they re-hired coach Anae," Boyster said.
"Coach Rodriguez has been really cool with me and my family and showed us the utmost respect so that's really important. They're putting a lot of resources into California and I really think he could do a great job there."