Losing has consequences.
In the midst of a 10-game skid, the Arizona Wildcats have seen two defensive linemen decommit from the program in as many days.
First it was Ja’Quez Harvey, a three-star defensive end from Los Angeles. Now it’s Ja’Marian Peterson, a three-star defensive end from Louisiana.
“I would like to start by saying that it has been a great pleasure and opportunity to have been recruited by The University of Arizona and all of its coaches and staff, coach S. Eggen in particular,” Peterson wrote on Twitter. “With all the respect and love I have for football it is with a heavy heart that I am decommitting and reopening my recruitment.”
Peterson was Arizona’s third-highest ranked commit. 247Sports pegs him as the No. 1, 185 player in the country, No. 72 strong-side defensive end, and No. 35 player in Louisiana.
The 6-foot-4, 238 pound New Orleans native held 31 offers when he committed to Arizona back on July 26, picking the Wildcats over Colorado, Washington State, Illinois, Indiana, Boston College, Purdue, Memphis, UCF, Hawaii, New Mexico, and others.
Peterson has since added an offer from Mississippi State, and Ole Miss is getting more involved in his recruitment.
Peterson is the fourth player to decommit from Arizona’s 2021 class. Junior college offensive tackle Cade Parrish did so in October, while 3-star California athlete Cole Batson backed off his pledge in August and has since committed to Boston College, while Harvey reopened his recruitment Thursday.
Arizona has 21 commitments for 2021, with several expected to begin signing on Dec. 16.