During the bye week, we’ll take a look back at each of the last four recruiting classes that still have players remaining on the current Arizona Wildcats roster. First, we’ll take a look at the 2015 recruiting class.
The 2015 recruiting class finished 43rd in the nation and 9th in the Pac-12, featuring eight top-100 players and one four-star prospect. While that seems to be a step above what we had usually seen during this time, it was a bit of a disappointment considering the team had been ranked for the majority of the 2014 season, played in the Pac-12 Championship Game and clinched a Fiesta Bowl berth.
Arizona’s 2015 Recruiting Class
2015 Recruiting Class
|Name||Position||Height||Weight||Hometown||247 Sports Composite|
|Name||Position||Height||Weight||Hometown||247 Sports Composite|
|Keenan Walker||OT||6-6||280||Scottsdale, AZ||4-star 142 overall|
|Cody Creason||OG||6-4||285||Folsom, CA||3-star 454 overall|
|Anthony Fotu||DT||6-4||285||Oakland, CA||3-star 38th overall (JUCO)|
|Shun Brown||CB||5-9||173||Shreveport, LA||3-star 741 overall|
|Cedric Peterson||WR||6-0||180||Moreno Valley, CA||3-star 744 overall|
|Paul Magloire||S||6-2||215||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||3-star 77 overall (JUCO)|
|Anthony Mariscal||ATH||6-0||185||Bakersfield, CA||3-star 840 overall|
|Darick Holmes Jr.||RB||5-7||175||Newbury Park, CA||3-star 853 overall|
|Finton Connolly||DT||6-3||255||Gilbert, AZ||3-star 1002 overall|
|Orlando Bradford||RB||5-9||195||Shreveport, LA||3-star 1013 overall|
|Devon Brewer||CB||5-10||170||Fresno, CA||3-star 12 overall (Prep)|
|Dane Cruikshank||CB||6-2||190||Glendora, CA||3-star 99 overall (JUCO)|
|Darrell Cloy||TE||6-4||245||Pico Rivera, CA||3-star 14 overall (Prep)|
|Brion Anduze||TE||6-3.5||232||Silverdale, WA||3-star 1097 overall|
|Kendal Franklin||WDE||6-1||220||New Orleans, LA||3-star 1125 overall|
|Harper Sherman||OT||6-5||260||Victoria, BC||3-star 1166 overall|
|Jamie Nunley||TE||6-5||210||Murrita, CA||3-star 1179 overall|
|Nathan Eldridge||OG||6-5||270||Boulder Creek, AZ||3-star 1201 overall|
|Timmy Hamilton||SDE||6-4||250||Coffeyville, KS||3-star 114 overall (JUCO)|
|Antonio Parks||CB||5-10||177||Reserve, LA||3-star 1254 overall|
|Sammy Morrison||CB||5-11||165||Washington, DC||3-star 1362 overall|
|Alex Kosinski||OG||6-5||290||Lakespur, CA||3-star 1539 overall|
|Demtrius-Flannigan Fowles||S||6-3||180||Tucson, AZ||3-star 1656 overall|
|Matt Morin||TE||6-3||245||Riverside, CA||3-star 165 overall (JUCO)|
|Darrell Clark||WR||5-10||175||New Orleans, LA||3-star 1484 overall|
Who returns for 2019?
Only three members return for their fifth and final season at Arizona, all of which are expected to contribute heavily as they enter year two of the Kevin Sumlin experience.
It is Cedric Peterson’s time to shine as the lead receiver after battling injuries throughout his career and spent the last few season as a rotational piece. The hope is for him to make the jump that we saw with Shawn Poindexter a season ago. He has 29 receptions, 372 yards and four touchdowns to his name during his time at Arizona.
Cody Creason has been an integral part of the offensive line since he has arrived at Arizona, and remains a flexible piece to the line with experience at multiple positions. On the defensive line we have Finton Connolly, who has also been a valuable piece throughout his career.
Who left the program?
Former four-star lineman Keenan Walker left the program following an arrest on suspicion of assault and landed at Independence CC (during the airing of Last Chance U seasons 3 and 4). He received a few offers to Nebraska and Fresno State, but ultimately tried out with the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins upon graduation and did not stick.
The junior college transfer curse continued to hit as defensive tackle Anthony Fotu was kicked off the program just a few games into his career due to a violation of team rules and ended up at West Georgia.
After showing a lot of promise, running back Orlando Bradford was dismissed from the program following his horrific off-field incidents just a few games into his second season
Kendal Franklin was removed from the program after a violation of team rules after one season and spent a season at McNeese State
Offensive lineman Harper Sherman decided to quit football entirely and pursue other passions and Alex Kosinski decided to quit football last season as well
Tight end Jamie Nunley medically retired this off-season and Darrell Cloy was forced to medical retire. He ended up at Cerritos College and has just recently signed at Eastern New Mexico
Center Nathan Eldridge decided to graduate transfer to Oregon State this offseason.
A pair of defensive backs left this offseason as Antonio Parks decided to transfer to UTSA and Sammy Morrison decided to graduate transfer to SDSU
Anthony Mariscal is still currently in the transfer portal, and could go either safety or running back at his next school.
Darrell Clark never made it to campus due to academics, and played out his eligibility at Pima CC and Grambling State
Top players on the class
- Shun Brown produced for four years as a receiver and special teamer. While Arizona was a run heavy team throughout his entire career, he had always been a reliable option to create explosive plays.
- Dane Cruikshank only spent two years at Arizona but came in immediately as a starting corner and moved over to spur, which ended up getting him drafted by the Tennessee Titans.
- Cody Creason is someone who has been underappreciated for the last few years. His flexibility and consistency at guard and tackle have been invaluable while the offensive line has in correction.
- Paul Magloire Jr. didn’t get much of an opportunity during the first half of his initial season, but eventually worked his way into a starting role at safety and later transitioned to linebacker where he led the team in tackles during his final season.
- Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles contributed as a true freshman after he wasn’t initially scheduled to make it to campus in the fall. He was a four-year starter with a good freshman season and a terrific sophomore season. Junior year there was some regression but he was able to get things back on the right path as a senior.
Despite being one of Rich Rodriguez’ highest classes during his time, this class was absolutely decimated due to injuries and poor character. Of the 25 that committed, well less than half ended up contributing significantly. This class brought size from all across the country, but poor development and retention ultimately makes this a very bad class.