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Arizona football’s 2024 recruiting class shifting ahead of early signing period

Expect Wildcats to replace recent departures with higher-ranked prospects

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After retaining the Territorial Cup to end the regular season, Arizona’s 2024 recruiting class included 22 known commitments. That number has steadily dropped since, either an indication that prospects have changed their minds about the Wildcats or (more likely) the program is clearing room for other pledges.

The latest to back out of the class is 3-star Texas defensive lineman Jaedon Langley, who decommitted Sunday. That’s the fifth decommitment since Nov. 30, lowering the UA’s 2024 class to 17 known players with the Early Signing Period looming Dec. 20, and overall the class has had 11 previously committed players decommit.

Others to decommit since the Territorial Cup are athletes Landon Bell, Chance Harrison and Kayo Patu and receiver Quimari Shemwell. None were ranked higher than No. 746 in the country, per 247Sports.

Arizona’s class now sits at 51st in the country, but odds are the Wildcats intend to fill those departures as evidenced by recent activity involving other 2024 recruits. This weekend, in addition to numerous transfer portal targets visiting campus, the Wildcats hosted 4-star Utah offensive lineman Darius Afalava and a pair of Oregon commits: 4-star receiver Dillon Gresham and 4-star linebacker Dylan Williams.

The UA is also in the mix for 4-star receiver Aaron Butler, who decommitted from Colorado on Saturday. Butler told 247Sports’ Greg Biggins that his father played with Arizona offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Brennan Carroll at Pitt.

“Arizona was one of my favorite schools before I committed to Colorado and they’re recruiting me hard,” Butler said. “They’re coming in for a home visit early next week and when they do, I’m going to set up an official visit.”