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Report: OL Michael Eletise latest Arizona football player to pursue transfer

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When the Arizona Wildcats added 19 players during the early signing period in December, it put them right at the FBS scholarship limit of 85. For them to bring on any more newcomers would require existing scholarship players to move on.

That appears to be happening, and in droves. According to 247Sports, at least six Wildcats had entered the NCAA’s transfer portal since the end of the 2018 season, and another is reportedly making his way in that direction.

Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star is reporting that offensive lineman Michael Eletise is “in the process” of entering the transfer portal:

Eletise, who was a redshirt sophomore in 2018, played in all 12 games last season with four starts, including the final three contests after Bryson Cain suffered a knee injury. The former 4-star recruit from the 2015 class faced an uphill battle for playing time next year, though, with Arizona adding a pair of junior college linemen in Josh Donovan and Paiton Fears.

In late December offensive lineman Nathan Eldridge, who missed all of 2018 with a knee injury, announced his transfer to Oregon State while defensive tackle Kurtis Brown announced his departure on Christmas Eve, then in mid-January running back Anthony Marsical announced he was leaving after graduating in May. 247Sports’ also lists running back Brandon Leon, offensive lineman Thiyo Lukusa, defensive lineman Sione Taufahema, defensive backs Antonio Parks and Sammy Morrison and walk-on long snapper Geno Albini in its transfer portal database.

Arizona doesn’t have any known commitments ahead of the Feb. 6 national signing day.