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Arizona a finalist for 3-star S Bertrand Carrell; CB Maurice Gaines Jr. committing Saturday

The Wildcats survived the second cut for the playmaker from Louisiana

NCAA Football: Stanford at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Wildcats safety target Bertrand Carrell narrowed his list from 12 schools to six Friday, and the UA made the cut.

The Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, LA) product also listed LSU, Florida, Memphis, Missouri, and Tulane as finalists, which is pretty good company.

Carrell is the No. 717 player nationally and No. 55 safety, per 247Sports. He is also the No. 24 player in Louisiana.

The name of his game is aggression. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound safety loves to hit, which is a good attribute to have. Carrell can play the pass or run effectively. He does need to wrap up more though and that could cause some issues at the next level.

It will be difficult for Arizona to land Carrell, though it says something about his interest level if it survived two cuts. LSU is the favorite as of now.


3-star CB Maurice Gaines Jr. to commit Saturday

The talented Northern California cornerback is someone to keep an eye on this weekend. Gaines tweeted Friday that he will be announcing his commitment Saturday.

The three-star prospect is considering Arizona, Indiana, Oregon State, Syracuse, San Diego State, Fresno State, and Wyoming.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Gaines is the No. 1,067 recruit nationally and the No. 108 corner, per 247Sports.

He attends St. Thomas More School in Connecticut, but originally played at Capital Christian School in Sacramento.

Gaines has a strong relationship with Demetrice Martin (UA’s cornerbacks coach), which should only work in Arizona’s favor.

One Crystal Ball prediction has been submitted for Gaines, and it says he will choose the Wildcats.