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3-star defensive end Paris Shand commits to Arizona

Wildcats pick up another Canadian

DE signee and his family while on his official visit to Arizona in January 2020.
Photo via @ParisShand on Twitter

The Arizona Wildcats added a big, athletic defensive end from Toronto on Saturday in 3-star Paris Shand.

Shand, who plays high school football in Connecticut, made his commitment to UA official back in Canada with his family.

Read on for Shand’s profile.

Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 240 pounds

High School: The Loomis Chaffee School (Windsor, Conn.)

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ranking: No. 1,942 overall, No. 101 strongside defensive end, No. 13 player in Connecticut

Star Rating: 3-star (247Sports Composite), 3-star (247Sports), 2-star (Rivals)

2019 Stats: Unknown

Career Stats: Unknown

Other Offers: Boston College, Central Michigan, Elon, Fordham, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Massachusetts, Rutgers, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Virginia, William & Mary

Brandon’s Thoughts: Shand has not been playing football for very long, but he looks like a natural.

Shand comes from a basketball background and that has given him natural athleticism. When flipping on his film you see that aspect shine. He is raw, but he has a lot of upside.

He has a great frame and he can add about 20-30 pounds and still keep his natural abilities. He is quicker than he looks and actually has a good first step with explosiveness. This allows him to get into the backfield and use his quickness to bring down the ball carrier.

One thing I really like is that during his senior season he pretty much lived in the opposing team’s backfield.

He will need to work on his pad level a little once he gets to Arizona but that is something that can be easily fixed. He will also need technique refining but he has a phenomenal base set of skills to build upon.

Overall a solid get for Arizona who will have time to develop.

Gabe’s Thoughts: I’m a big fan of Shand and I was very shocked when I saw his recruiting ranking. He has a terrific frame at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds that can a lot of good weight. I like his athleticism and burst as well. It won’t shock me if Shand is a multi-year starter at Arizona.

Overall I think this is a very good prospect for Arizona to land in February. I feel like he is a top 1200 prospect and among the best edge-rushers that Arizona is bringing in.

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