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Arizona freshman CB Edric Whitley enters NCAA transfer portal

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A member of the Arizona Wildcats’ 2020 recruiting class has left the program before every appearing in a game.

Freshman cornerback Edric Whitley announced on Twitter Wednesday that he would no longer be attending the UA after “an unfortunate turn of events” and instead would put his name into the NCAA transfer portal.

The 5-foot-11, 144-pound Whitley was ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1,280 player in the 2020 class, as well as the No. 112 cornerback prospect and the No. 161 player from Texas. He committed to the UA in February, flipping from UNLV at the last minute.

Whitley was one of several true freshmen who had yet to make their collegiate debut. So far Arizona has played 12 members of its 2020 recruiting class, which featured 24 high school or junior college prospects.

With Whitley’s departure, Arizona is down to 71 available scholarship athletes when factoring in players who opted out of the season, are suspended or have suffered season-ending injuries. The Wildcats have 77 total players under scholarship, eight below the FBS maximum.