Well, that's that.
More than a year before he'll get the chance to sign an official letter of intent, one of Arizona's top high school juniors is off the board. Four-star athlete Cameron Denson, a Tucson product, will stay home and play his college football in the stadium down the street.
In an era that has seen most Arizona-based prospects file neatly out of state following graduation, the commitment bucks a trend. Denson wasn't much worried about that, though. To him, the choice seemed simple. So on Saturday, he made it.
"I committed to Arizona," Denson said. "I went to them. I just went over there - it was an unofficial -- and told them what I wanted to do and how I felt."
Denson broke the good news to Wildcat head coach Rich Rodriguez during a face-to-face meeting on Saturday, and the response it elicited was about what you'd expect. But it's the joy on Denson's end, not Rodrigiuez's, that's most noteworthy.
"It's what I wanted to do and it's where I wanted to be," Denson said. "It's my hometown, and my hometown is where I want to be. Having your family and peers around to watch you and support you isn't something everyone gets the chance to have all the time. I'll be playing in front of them every game.
Denson isn't much for drawn-out monologues. He's not one to examine the larger picture of the "hometown hero" tag, either. He keeps his words short and to the point. Still, there was no hiding the joy in his voice on Saturday. Even if there was, there are other people more than willing to express his feelings for him.
"He's really, really happy right now," Said Denis Bene, who coaches Denson at Tucson's Sailpointe Catholic High School. "He came in my office a couple weeks ago and talked about it. He knew this is where he wanted to be. He knew what he wanted to do. He's just super, super happy. He really likes U of A and loves Coach Rodriguez and his staff. For Cameron, this was the decision he really wanted to make."
Desnon chose Arizona over scholarship offers from Arizona State, UCLA, Notre Dame and Oklahoma among others. In total, he claims eight scholarship offers so far.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Denson said he does not know at this time whether or not he'll take any other official visits during his senior year.
Denson played both quarterback and wide receiver as a junior at Salpointe. He also returned kicks and punts.