With the football team rolling, the Arizona Wildcats might start seeing the results on the recruiting trail.
With most of the 2018 class filled and limited spots open, Arizona will be a little more selective with who it adds. Of course there can and will be movement (as we saw when Haki Woods decommitted) so things can change.
For each player I’ll rate how UA is doing in the recruitment and how likely a commitment is with either cold, warm, or hot.
Now let’s take a look at who the staff will be targeting and who the ‘Cats sit well with.
Kazmeir Allen, All-purpose back (Warm)
The 3-star speedster from Tulare, California committed to Boise State in the early summer, shortly after visiting Arizona. He decommitted and after a couple of months and Arizona picked right back up where it left off before his commitment. Right now it’ll be interesting to see if UA takes his pledge and but he’d be a solid addition to the class. He has been exploding on the field this year and that has garnered attention. California seems to be the place where he’ll end up playing.
Draycen Hall, APB (Warm)
The 3-star Gilbert-Higley speedster is the most explosive player on offense for the Knights. It seems almost every time he touches the ball he scores or busts a major run. Right now he seems like the one that would give Arizona his pledge. Much like Allen, I’m interested to see if he will be a member of UA’s 2018 class.
Solomon Enis, WR (Cold)
Arizona recently made the top school list for Enis, but I’m not sure how much Arizona is in the mix. Most of the talk has been towards Penn State, which makes sense since he is a legacy. The 4-star Phoenix-North Canyon standout also has some Utah and Arizona State buzz. Getting Enis on campus will be a big step forward and might be able to get Arizona further into the mix.
Kobe Smith, WR (Warm)
I’m going to say that Khalil Tate’s friend and high 3-star receiver Kobe Smith is seriously considering Arizona. Tate played with Smith at Serra and Smith has said he has thought about playing with Tate and 4-star ATH Bryan Addison at the next level (will get more into him later). With Tate looking like he’ll be Arizona’s starter for the foreseeable future, it would not be surprising in the slightest bit if Smith ends up playing in Tucson. It is also important to note that he has already been on campus for an official visit.
Khalil Shakir, WR (Cold)
When I talked to the high 3-star Vista Murrieta High School standout back in the beginning of the summer, the feeling was UA was right in the mix. Now, the ‘Cats are still in his Top 5 and as a matter of fact, he still gave the same five schools recently. However, as of now, I’d say Boise State is the team to beat. The Broncos have done a great job recruiting Shakir, with consistent persistence being a factor that stands out to him. He is taking an official up to Boise this coming weekend and I can't shake the feeling that he will pull the trigger in favor of the Broncos.
Joey Ramos, OT (Warm)
Ramos is probably one of the biggest targets that the ‘Cats are looking to get for 2018. Ramos has been on UA’s campus multiple times and that has allowed Arizona to stay right in the mix. The other competitors for Ramos’ services include Iowa State and Arizona State. This past weekend Ramos was on ASU’s campus to take in the USC game. This recruitment can go any way so there’s still more time for Arizona to make an even bigger impression than they already have.
Garrett Curran, OT (Warm)
The 2-star lineman from El Cajon, California visited UA during the UCLA game. I don’t know much about where he is leaning but considering Arizona is one of his two Pac-12 offers and he has already been on campus, I’m assuming that the ‘Cats are in the mix here.
Chris Murray, OG (Warm)
The Army All-American is fresh off of an official visit to Tucson to watch the ‘Cats take down the then-15th-ranked Cougars of Washington State. He came away impressed and Arizona positioned itself in as best a place as they can with him. Stanford is considered the favorite and Murray is visiting Palo Alto after the season. However, I believe the ‘Cats have a real shot here.
Jarrett Bell, OG (Warm)
Bell is another major Arizona target along the offensive line that is coming off a visit this past weekend to watch UA’s upset win over Wazzu. This was Bell’s second visit to Tucson in the past month and a half. He recently talked to scout.com and came away rather impressed with Arizona. Even though he is still committed to Alabama, this is a recruitment to keep an eye one moving forward.
Jake Levengood, OG (Warm)
Levengood is considered an major Oregon State lean but I’m not sure about that because he would’ve committed to the Beavers on his official visit, right? But he didn’t and instead made his way to Tucson for the game against UCLA. Another attractive aspect of his game is that he is also a wrestler for his school. In fact he’s one of the best in California. That can help him with his pad level and strength. I’m not confident enough to say he is a lock in for UA, but I do have a good feeling about his recruitment.
The second part of the SitRep will focus on defensive targets for UA. Look for it later this week!