Arizona will keep the top in-state prospect home in 2024.

Five-star Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic edge rusher Elijah Rushing revealed his college commitment on Thursday, selecting the Wildcats over Oregon, Tennessee, and Notre Dame. He becomes the highest-ranked recruit in the Wildcats’ 2024 class and, if he signs, he’ll be the highest-ranked prospect to join the program during the internet recruiting era.

“I feel like this city and this state doesn’t get the recognition it needs to and it deserves,” Rushing said after he made his commitment live on the 247Sports YouTube page. “For me, it was important to show this is an opportunity to put us on the map and let us represent who we are and show everyone what Arizona has to offer.”

Arizona has been on the 6-foot-6, 251-pound edge rusher since the beginning. The Wildcats and Sun Devils both extended a scholarship offer to him on the same day in March of 2021 — his first two offers. He took an unofficial to the UA in June of that same year and has been a frequent visitor since.

Rushing took his official visit to campus the first weekend of June, the first of four officials during the month to each of his finalists.

There had been noise about Oregon but, as his decision date approached, most indicators pointed to Arizona. At the end of the day, coach Jedd Fisch sealed the deal to deliver one of the biggest recruiting wins for the program in years.

Rushing is a 5-star prospect in the industry-generated 247 Composite. He’s the No. 3 edge defender in the class and the No. 27 overall recruit in the player rankings. The evaluators at 247Sports have him inside the national Top 10 as a prospect.

He’s a long, rangy athlete with tons of upside as a pass-rusher. As a junior last fall, Rushing collected 73 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. That was after a sophomore campaign that saw him produce 75 tackles, nine TFLs, and 7.5 sacks.

Rushing becomes the 18th known commitment for Arizona’s 2024 class. The Wildcats now hold the No. 3 class in the Pac-12, jumping Washington and Arizona State. You can see his highlight tape below, via Hudl: