The Arizona Wildcats missed out on a big time prospect in 4-star corner Elijah Blades. While I don’t think that he’s completely done with his recruitment process, despite his commitment to his dream school Florida, Arizona still needs to start looking for other options at corner.
They have Malik Hausman and Greg Johnson on board, but could really use some help at the position. Maybe they saw Blades’ Florida commitment coming, because the offer to Jaylon Redd came just before the decision.
I got a chance to talk to Redd about his recruiting process.
"All my communcation has been through Coach Donte’ (Williams)," he said about his relationship with the staff. "(The offer) felt great because of my relationship with Coach Donte’. I know he knows everything to make me a better player and man. He’s a straight up guy and I like that."
Redd is one of the fastest corners in the nation, checking in at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds out of Rancho Cucamonga High, the same school as Thomas Graham. Redd is ranked 24th in the nation among all corners, 202nd regardless of position. He holds some pretty hefty offers including Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon and UCLA, but that doesn’t stop Redd from having Arizona high on his list.
U of A checks all the boxes off when it comes to Redd’s future school wish list.
"A school that is going to make me a better football player, make me a better man and just like a family environment."
"Yessir," Redd told me when asked if Arizona was on his list considering his criteria. He is going to be releasing a top eight soon and he believes that Arizona is within his top three.
He’ll be heading to Arizona State for a visit on July 22nd and wishes to get to Tucson sometime this summer. He has not made any other visit plans as of yet for before fall rolls around.
This is certainly a recruitment to watch out for especially since it seems like the Wildcats' staff would like to add another corner back. I think Arizona lands Rhedi Short on July 3rd, and with a 4-star talent like Redd having so much interest, it would be hard to think that he would be turned down, even with the class filling up so fast.
His junior year highlights are below