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The backstory behind the eventual landing place of some of the lower-profile recruits can be more interesting than the high-profile recruit.

It might not make as big of an impact but that doesn't mean it isn't a better story.

Take Desert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.) linebacker Mike Arredondo for instance.

He committed to Northern Arizona on Jan. 22 when he didn't get the offer from New Mexico he wanted. Then this week a fifth-year senior linebacker at New Mexico walked into the coaches offices and said he was done playing.

It opened up a linebacker spot and Arredondo is now going to be a Lobo.

The domino effect will be felt all across the nation over the next 24 hours as players make their picks, change their minds and find a new home.

Saguaro's D.J. Foster decided to say in Arizona as Arizona State's Todd Graham picked up his first big in-state recruit.

Will others make similar decisions?

Stay tuned as top players in Arizona like Corona del Sol's Andrus Peat, Chandler's Javon Williams, Chaparral's  Dylan Cozens, Centennial's Zach Hoffpauir and others make their decision on Wednesday.

Jason P. Skoda, a former Arizona Republic and current Ahwatukee Foothills News staff writer, is a 15-year sports writing veteran. Contact him at or 480-272-2449.