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Former Arizona linebacker Colin Schooler transfers to Texas Tech

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In a perfect world, Colin Schooler would be coming off the final season opener of his Arizona Wildcats career, with a trip to Texas Tech coming up in a few weeks.

Instead, Schooler will still be heading to Lubbock but as part of the Red Raiders instead of the school he spent the last three years at.

Schooler, who entered the NCAA transfer portal earlier this month, announced Sunday he has committed to Texas Tech for the 2020 season. As a graduate transfer he will be eligible immediately.

The 6-foot-1, 229-pound Schooler started every game for Arizona from 2017-19, logging 312 tackles and 46 tackles for loss in his career. He and older brother Brenden Schooler, who had come to the UA as a graduate transfer from Oregon during the winter, both left the program on Aug. 19 in hopes of finding a school that would be playing college football this fall.

The Pac-12 cancelled all sports for the remainder of 2020, prompting the departures. Brenden Schooler committed to Texas on Friday, and the siblings will face each other in a few weeks in the Big 12.

Colin Schooler is one of three three-year starters Arizona lost from its defense this offseason. Fellow linebacker Tony Fields II and safety Scottie Young Jr. are both at West Virginia, where former UA assistant Jahmile Addae is on the staff.