Jarod Arroyo, HS Class of 2019, Verbally Commits to Neighboring ASU

Jarod Arroyo, currently a junior in high school, has announced his verbal pledge to Arizona State University for the fall of 2019. Arroyo wrote on his Instagram account:

“I’m excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Arizona State University!! Thanks to coach bowman and all my family and friends who helped me get here. Can’t wait to be a Sun devil!! #Forkem #ASU”

Arroyo lives in Tempe, Arizona and trains at Pitchfork Aquatics. He represented Puerto Rico at both FINA Short Course World Championships in Windsor, Canada last December, and at FINA World Junior Championships in Indianapolis this pas August. Arroyo is a 400 IMer who does it all. In Windsor he competed in the 400 free, 100/200 back, 100 fly, and 100/200/400 IM. His lineup at Indy included 200/400 free, 100/200 breast, 200 fly, and 200/400 IM. His highest finish was in the 400 IM where he was 21st out of heats. In addition he finished 23rd in the 200 IM and 24th in the 200 fly. His best times in those, however, came earlier in the summer. At Speedo Junior Nationals he placed third in the 400 IM and 13th in the 200 fly, earning PBs in both events. He also went a best time in the 400 free with his 15th-place finish.

Top SCY times:

  • 400 IM – 3:54.24
  • 200 IM – 1:51.12
  • 200 back – 1:48.81
  • 200 breast – 2:03.47
  • 200 fly – 1:49.85
  • 500 free – 4:29.19
  • 200 free – 1:39.22

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stanford fan

wow. second commit of 2019. after will rose’s commitment, i’m wondering what’s making these guys verbally commit this early.


Melissa Pish of BNY Waves in Illinois (teammates with Grace Ariola) committed around this time last year when she was a junior (now a senior). I’m assuming most kids know where they want to go early on, which makes the recruiting process a lot easier.

stanford fan

i find it’s better to commit as a senior, so you can thoroughly check out all your options, and not regret it later on.


I agree. I used up all 5 of my recruiting trips and even then I went back and forth on which school to pick. I definitely don’t think I could have committed that early.


This guy is at least a junior. Will Rose was especially noteworthy b/c he’s barely a sophomore.


Some just might be more decisive than others. Just a thought.


why is asu rushing so many commits, they had a ton of commitments well before september too… wonder what is appealing to so many of them besides obviously being coached by Bowman…

The Process

Times are changing and coaches are starting to follow the path of other sports (ie. Basketball and Football). Remember a verbal commitment is only verbal. You see decommitments all the time in the other sports and have already seen it with a few already in swimming.

What would you do, as a coach, if other top programs in the country are recruiting/getting commitments of top kids? You either get ahead of them or stay behind…

For better or worse, it’s happening!


Not the education

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I heard that Bowman was giving super good offers and only making them last for about a week. People are probably only allowed to take up the offer he gives or totally drop ASU as a choice all together.


I heard 24 hours…


That’s a shocker.

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