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Denson hearing pitches despite commitment

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LAS VEGAS - There is zero chance of Cameron Denson playing quarterback in college. But he's playing it here, at the NLA Las Vegas 7-on-7 tournament. The wide receiver-slash-defense back has dabbled under center for his high school team because his coaches want the ball in the hands their the best athlete.
That's also the case here in Nevada. He won't earn many college looks as a signal-caller. Denson knows that. It's fine by him, though. He doesn't need them. He's already committed to Arizona.
The Tucson-based Rivals100 member describes his standing as a future Wildcat as "solid." But as he prepares to sling a couple passes in his team's Sunday-afternoon passing-league game, he's open to the possibility of additional visits.
"I'm not sure yet on taking other visits" Denson said. "It just depends. Arizona State wanted me to come to junior day. I was going to go but I had a basketball game, so I couldn't."
Some schools are pushing harder than others. The Wildcats' in-state rival is making a run at U of A's marquee commitment. That much was expected. The poaching attempts don't stop at the state's borders, though. So it seems that If Rich Rodriguez is going to hang on to his four-star commitment, his staff will need to work at it.
Commitments don't mean what they once did. And protecting them in 2013 isn't easy.
"Coaches are all still talking to me," Denson said. "They're still calling. They're still messaging me on Facebook and all that. Oregon State is coming pretty hard and Arizona State is still coming pretty hard. I still talk to them."
For whatever reason, Oregon State has given Denson, who admittedly knows little about the Beavers' program, something to think about. While it wouldn't be correct to call the Tucson Salpointe star's commitment "soft", he's not hitting interested coaches with the ol' "thanks but no thanks", either.
"I don't know too much about Oregon State, but I'm going to check it out. I want to see what they have to offer. I'm not sure if I'll visit tor anything, but I'm going to look into it."
That said, Denson isn't actively seeking out another options. He cautions not to confuse his willingness to hear pitches from other programs with restlessness. He insists remains at peace with his decision.
He's just preparing for the worst. You know, just in case.
"Something really bad would have to happen for me to switch because I really like Rich Rod and what he's doing there and what he's building," Denson said. "I believe in him and what he's doing."
As a junior at Salpointe, Denson, the No. 64-ranked player in America, lined up at no fewer than four positions while willing the Lancers to a 12-2 overall record. He racked up eight scholarship offers, including invitations from Notre Dame and Oklahoma, before committing to Arizona in January.
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