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Ex-USC DL Noah Jefferson back on Arizona’s radar

‘Cats are hoping to bring Jefferson to Tucson

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After the 2016 season, it was clear the Arizona Wildcats were desperately needing — and looking — for help on the defensive line.

Enter big, talented defensive tackle Noah Jefferson.

Jefferson was seeking to transfer from the USC Trojans after the season, and Arizona’s staff was able to get him on campus which led to his commitment.

However, as fall camp drew closer, it was becoming more and more apparent that Jefferson was not going to play for UA. Once fall camp started and the roster was updated, Jefferson was not on it. Instead, the ‘Cats added big lineman Dereck Boles to the mix instead.

One of the main reasons that Jefferson didn’t make it to Tucson were his academics. This caused the 6-foot-6, 320-pound defensive lineman to play his 2017 season in Yuma at Arizona Western.

Going the JUCO route has definitely helped get Jefferson back on track. The evidence has started flowing in the past couple of weeks. Before Wednesday, Jefferson was sitting at five offers. This time around, the schools interested include Ole Miss, Oregon State, Fresno State, Arkansas, and Florida Atlantic.

Then, on Wednesday afternoon, a familiar face made its way back into his recruitment. Arizona became his sixth offer and might be in good shape moving forward with him.

Clearly the staff feels he is heading in the right direction and want him back in the fold. There will be some competition this time for his services but I’d expect the staff to aggressively pursue him.

Jefferson has 13 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 PBU and a forced fumble at Arizona Western.

He was a five-star recruit out of Las Vegas’ Liberty High School in 2015, and tallied 23 tackles in 14 games at USC.

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