Via his private Instagram account, Arizona defensive end commit, Josh JJ Allen, announced that he will not be playing for Long Beach City College this season. Because of this, he will now have three years of eligibility upon his arrival at Arizona.
He will join Arizona in the spring, giving him an advantage to learn the playbook, keep up with the conditioning, and understand Rich Rodriguez' system.
After his announcement, I was able to speak with him. He said that he had talked to Coach Rodriguez about the idea, but it was all up to his coaches at Long Beach City College to allow him to sit out this season. He will practice with the team, but he will not compete in games.
Having Allen here for three years, coming in early in the spring, will presumably allow him to take over Reggie Gilbert's spot. At 6-5 260lb, the No. 2 ranked junior college defensive end will have an immediate impact for Jeff Casteel's defense.
Arizona has a lot of youth on the defensive line that will bring much needed size. Breaking it down by class, Luca Bruno, Calvin Allen and Parker Zellers are all currently redshirt sophomores. Marcus Griffin is a redshirt freshman, and Sharif Williams and Finton Connolly are true freshmen.
That doesn't include the monster recruiting class of 2016, which holds five defensive linemen (3 defensive tackles, 2 defensive ends), including Josh Allen.
The defensive line might have had some concerns the past few years, and maybe some doubts this year. But going forward, the defensive line could be one of Arizona's strongest assets.