Inland Empire: Eubank pulls the hat trick on Utah

February, 3, 2011
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Michael EubankAlex Gallardo for ESPNLosAngeles.comCorona Centennial quarterback Michael Eubank ultimately decided to be loyal to Arizona State.


The pump fake Corona Centennial quarterback Michael Eubank put on Utah probably wasn’t such a spur-of-the-moment decision.

As he prepared to announce his college choice Wednesday afternoon, Eubank picked up a Utah hat and lifted it toward his head. He then stopped, flashed a big smile and donned an Arizona State hat with his other hand.

If you listen to his comments regarding Colorado's recruiting decisions in this video from last September, it's obvious Eubank has a long memory when it comes to that stuff.

Like Colorado, the Utes had their chance to court Eubank early in the recruiting process but instead offered another Inland Empire quarterback, Derrick Brown of Vista Murrieta. Brown commited last June, not long after it was announced Utah would join the Pac-10 Conference in 2011.

Meanwhile, Eubank went into the season with just one offer, from Northern Colorado. Eight weeks later, after putting up eye-raising numbers in leading Centennial to an undefeated start, only Utah State and San Jose State had joined in, leaving Eubank a long way from the Pac-10 offers he felt he deserved.

That day finally arrived when he was offered a scholarship during a visit to Arizona State the last weekend of October.

He didn’t commit right away, instead continuing to pile up big numbers and attract more offers. Arizona, Washington, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and finally, Utah, offered their services in exchange for his.

After leading the Huskies to the Inland Division title against Vista Murrieta and a Division 1 state bowl berth, Eubank committed to Arizona State. Utah and Pittsburgh made late pushes, even getting Eubank to accept invitations to their campuses last month.

Shortly after Eubank visited Utah, Brown bolted from his commitment to the Utes and verbally agreed to play for Washington. Suddenly, Utah was without a quarterback in their recruiting class and Eubank had a buffet of major programs to choose from.

In the end, Eubank stuck with the Pac-10 team that came to him first, and got the last laugh with the one that arrived too late.

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