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Arizona football recruiting SitRep: Wildcats add 3 commits to 2018 class

UA had a great week on and off the field

NCAA Football: UCLA at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Wildcats had themselves quite the week. The ‘Cats snapped a five-game losing streak to the UCLA Bruins with a 47-30 beatdown.

The Wildcats are now 4-2 and on a two-game winning streak. They also picked up three commits over the weekend and hosted multiple recruits on campus for the game.

Let’s get to it in this week’s SitRep.

How UA commits performed

Martell Irby, RB

Morse Tigers: 3-4

Let’s start with the new commits. Irby committed to Arizona on Sunday and fits into the system perfectly. His running style reminds me a lot of Nick Wilson.

Moving on the his current team, the Tigers lost a close game to Christian, 28-20. I was unable to find any stats or clips of Irby during the game. However, his midseason highlights are below.

Thomas Marcus, ATH

2017 Stats: 13 rec, 302 yds, 7 TD; 13 car, 146 yds, 2 TD

San Diego Cavers: 7-0

The do-it-all athlete for San Diego High School gave the ‘Cats his commitment on Friday. His versatility is what UA likes and will allow him to be moved to different positions all over the field.

His high school team is having themselves quite the year, finishing off Kearny 34-7 to stay perfect on the year.

Marcus finished the game with 18 yards on two carries and a touchdown on the ground. Defensively, he had two tackles, a pick, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble. His highlights against Kearny and his midseason highlights are below.

vs. Kearny


Haki Woods, CB

2017 Stats: 32 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1 INT, 10 PBU

Pima Aztecs: 2-5

Woods is the last player to commit to Arizona this week. He is another corner with great size, checking in at 6-foot-3 and 192 pounds. The good news for the ‘Cats, he is a December grad and will participate in spring practice.

Woods and his Aztecs have had a rough season to date and lost their latest contest to Snow College on Sunday, 37-21. Woods finished the game with six tackles and two deflected passes. Below are his midseason highlights and Snow College highlights.

vs. Snow College


David Watson, OT/DT

2017 Stats: 23 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 forced fumble

Amphitheater Panthers: 2-6

Amphi won their second game of the season against Palo Verde in a close one, 26-23. Watson had himself a big man touchdown in what the Panthers call their “Jumbo Package.”

Armani Adams, S

2017 Stats: 42 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1 PBU

Lakewood Spartans: 5-1

Adams and his Spartan squad continue their strong showing this season. Lakewood picked up their fifth win of the season, beating Gibbs 14-6.

There is an update in his stats. In last week’s 24-14 victory over Pinellas Park, Adams had a team-high 11 tackles and a TFL.

Jhevon Hill, CB

2017 Stats: 24 tackles, 2 INT, 4 PBU

Cajon Cowboys: 6-1

Cajon had another easy victory, this time over Citrus Valley, 56-14. Hill finished the game with three tackles, including a big, physical hit on a ball carrier along the sideline.

Jaiden Dockery, S

Lancaster Tigers: 3-3

Dockery and the Tigers made it to .500 with a 38-29 win over Mansfield Summit. I was unable to find any stats or clips of Dockery.

Jamarye Joiner, QB

2017 Stats: 72-for-132, 1,291 yds, 15 TD, 4 INT; 77 car, 643 yds, 14 TD

Cienega Bobcats: 8-0

The Bobcats are continuing their dominance, with a 33-10 win over Buena. Joiner made his most impact on ground, rushing for 152 yards on 10 carries and two scores.

Through the air, he went 5 for 10 and 115 yards. His running during the game was noticeably physical and aggressive. His game highlights are below.

Mykee Irving, DT

2017 Stats: 10 tackles

Calabasas Coyotes: 6-1

Calabasas received its first loss of the year at the hands of Sierra Canyon. I was unable to find any stats or highlights of Irving during the 26-14 losing effort.

Darrius Smith, RB

Dawson Eagles: 4-1

Dawson took Brazoswood to the woodshed on Friday, 51-16. I was unable to find any stats or clips of Smith in action. However, I did find a clip of Smith last week against George Ranch.

Jake Peters, TE

2017 Stats: 7 rec, 79 yds, 0 TD

Santa Margarita Catholic Eagles: 5-2

The Eagles defeated Servite 51-28 Friday night and Peters had a good showing. He continues to show his run blocking ability while hauling in two passes for 24 yards. His game highlights are below.

Issaiah Johnson, LB

Los Alamitos Griffins: 4-4

Johnson and his Los Al Griffins breezed their way to .500 with a 64-0 win over Marina. I couldn’t find any stats or clips of Johnson.

McKenzie Barnes, CB

2017 Stats: 19 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 14 PBU

Edison Tigers: 4-3

Edison continues to roll, earning their fourth straight win with a 41-20 victory over San Joaquin Memorial. During the game, Barnes continued to showcase why he is one of the most disruptive corners in the Central Valley. Below are his game highlights.


  • Arizona hosted a few visitors over the weekend, including two offense linemen that they are going hard after. Vacaville, Calif.-based Jake Levengood made his way out to Tucson for an official visit. He was a heavy Oregon State lean until Gary Andersen stepped down as head coach. He has also has a background in wrestling, which will only help his skills as a lineman. The other is El Cajon, Calif native Garrett Curran. He keeps his recruitment pretty quiet, but if the visit went well that’ll go a long way for Arizona.
  • Another major target that made his way out was Mesa-Red Mountain standout Lance Lawson. This was a prospect I was not tracking to be on campus but that’s a good thing. He could fit really well in the slot much like Shun Brown or Tony Ellison and his speed will make him difficult to cover. It’ll be interesting to see where goes from here since the ‘Cats landed some prospects this weekend. Arizona is his only Power Five offer.
  • Another major prospect on campus was 3-star Gilbert-Higley running back Draycen Hall. He is an explosive and dynamic playmaker and can remind one of J.J. Taylor. I’ll be interested to see if he commits to Arizona or if the ‘Cats take his pledge with both Darrius Smith and Martell Irby now committed.
  • Other players on campus were Polynesian Showcase vets Mesa-Skyline DE Daniel To’oto’o, Mesa-Skyline DT Sam To’oto’o, and Gilbert-Williams Field DB Noa Pola-Gates.
  • Some other recruits on campus this weekend include 2018 3-star Newbury Park, Calif defensive tackle Kamakani Crosby, 2018 Temecula, Calif offensive lineman Jared Furubotten, and 2018 Scottsdale-Notre Dame Prep running back Cole Fisher.

2018 Arizona football commits

Name Position Position Ranking Rating Height Weight High School City
Name Position Position Ranking Rating Height Weight High School City
Armani Adams S 117 *** 6-0 190 Lakewood St. Petersburg, FL
Tre Adams WR 182 *** 6-3 190 Wakeland Frisco, TX
McKenzie Barnes CB 123 *** 6-2 170 Edison Fresno, CA
Jailen Bailey WR 278 *** 5-10 180 Lincoln San Diego, CA
Steven Bailey OG 39 *** 6-3 290 Centennial (Glendale CC) Peoria, AZ
Jaiden Dockery S 95 *** 6-0 195 Lancaster Lancaster, TX
Jhevon Hill ATH 66 *** 6-3 185 Cajon San Bernardino, CA
Martell Irby RB 101 *** 5-10 200 Morse San Diego, CA
Mykee Irving DT 42 *** 6-4 330 Calabasas Calabasas, CA
Issaiah Johnson ILB 36 *** 6-3 220 Los Alamitos Los Alamitos, CA
Jamarye Joiner QB (Dual Threat) 24 *** 6-3 205 Cienega Vail, AZ
Donovan Laie OT 102 *** 6-6 315 Oceanside Oceanside, CA
Thomas Marcus WR 171 *** 6-4 185 San Diego San Diego, CA
Jaden Mitchell WR 193 *** 6-0 180 Desert Pines Las Vegas, NV
Jake Peters TE 62 *** 6-5 240 Santa Margarita Catholic Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Adam Plant WDE 48 *** 6-5 245 Bishop Gorman Las Vegas, NV
Darrius Smith RB 119 *** 5-10 175 Dawson Pearland, TX
David Watson OT 117 *** 6-6 300 Amphitheater Tucson, AZ
Zach Williams WR 211 *** 6-3 205 Jones Creek Alpharetta, GA
Christian Young S 60 *** 6-1 201 Foster Richmond, TX