TUCSON, Ariz. — Amid the investigation from the FBI, dominoes continue to fall on the recruiting front in the Class of 2018.
The Arizona Wildcats were one of the programs targeted in the investigation conducted by the FBI regarding fraud and corruption, and former assistant coach Emanuel ‘Book’ Richardson was one of four assistant coaches arrested in the probe.
On Thursday night, the Wildcats lost their top commit from the Class of 2018. Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly released a statement on his Twitter account, announcing that he was retracting his verbal commitment to the Wildcats.
Quinerly announced his decision to verbally commit to Arizona and head coach Sean Miller on August 8th, 2017.
In the documents released by the FBI, Richardson allegedly offered a $15,000 bribe to a player who matched the description of Quinerly, and the timeline was very similar to that of Quinerly. While his name was not mentioned in the documents, Quinerly and his family retained a lawyer in light of the federal investigation.
In a release from ESPN, it states that Quinerly hired Alan Milstein, who also represented Maurice Clarett back in 2004 in his fight with the NFL in regards to age minimum. He has not been in contact with federal authorities at this time.
Quinerly was ranked as the fourth-best point guard in the Class of 2018 by ESPN, and was the 23rd-ranked prospect in the entire class. The 6’1” guard was touted as the point guard that Miller had been lacking, and was going to be a big piece of the puzzle for the Wildcats in 2018-19.
Arizona still holds commitments from five-star power forward Shareef O’Neal and four-star point guard Brandon Williams in the Class of 2018. As the FBI probe progresses, it will be interesting to see if both players remain at Arizona.
– T. Bennett
Information from both ESPN and Bleacher Report contributed to the article.