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Sonoran Hot Reads: Four-star defensive end Hunter Echols commits to USC

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Arizona misses out on a highly-ranked defensive lineman

Hunter Echols
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After he had decommitted from UCLA a few weeks ago, it looked like the Arizona Wildcats were in good position to land four-star DE Hunter Echols. Well, towards the end of Friday’s practice, word got out that Echols was about to announce a new school decision. The Arizona coaching staff didn’t get the news they were hoping for, as he committed to USC. This might be a recruitment that’s not even close to being over though

- It wasn’t all bad news on the recruiting trail Friday as Arizona did earn a verbal pledge from in-state product Jalen Harris

- Are you bold enough to bet the over on 7.5 wins for the Wildcats this year?

- An interesting thing to watch this fall will be whether or not Zach Benjamin will be cleared by the NCAA to play this year

- Rich Rodriguez was very non-committal on the status of Keenan Walker after the first practice of the fall


- Brian Bowen, the 13th-ranked player in the country, has Arizona in his final 12 schools. However, all signs point to him choosing Michigan State

- Errick McCollum wrote a piece for the Players Tribune about Kyle Fogg’s Overseas Elite team


- Bobby Dalbec had an enormous game on, of all days, Princess Night

- Scott Kingery went 3-for-5 while Kevin Newman was 1-for-3 as Kingery’s Reading squad won 6-3. Reading has a record of 75-37 this year

Other sports

- The Olympics are officially underway. Here’s when you can see the various athletes with U of A ties compete

Tucson news

- A new law goes into effect Saturday that allows people to legally bring guns closer to schools, which seems not great