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Arizona football recruiting: Wildcats pick up a local commit and host a grad transfer lineman

It was a busy week for the Wildcats

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Gaelin Elmore rushes the quarterback in Minnesota’s game vs. Michigan in 2015
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The Arizona Wildcats had another busy week on the recruiting front as they hosted a grad transfer and landed their second commitment of the current class.

Let’s take a look at that and more in this week’s SitRep.

Issaiah Johnson

The 3-star Los Alamitos, California standout recently took a trip to Tucson at the beginning of March. He came away with an offer and a great feel for the ‘Cats. He stays in regular contact with the staff, mainly his lead recruiter Scott Boone.

Johnson does have high interest in Arizona but does not have a favorite school as of yet. He does want to take other visits but doesn’t know where he wants to travel to. He does not have a commitment date set. Johnson had a great junior season. He finished with 140 tackles, 8.0 TFL, 6.0 sacks, and an interception.

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Gaelin Elmore

Elmore announced his transfer from the University of Minnesota in late March after he graduates. Arizona didn’t waste too much time, offering him earlier in the week. Elmore was supposed to visit Oklahoma this weekend but ended up making his way to Tucson for an official visit before heading to South Carolina.

At 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds, Elmore would add some needed length along the defensive line. His four years of college experience is always a plus as well. It’ll be interesting to see where things go now that he’s been on campus.

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David Watson

Perhaps the biggest news this weekend was Arizona’s second commitment of the 2018 class. David Watson — a local and legacy recruit — gave the Wildcats his pledge on Saturday. This is one commitment the Wildcats won’t have to worry about.

Watson is a Wildcat through-and-through. His father, David Sr., played offensive guard for the ‘Cats in the 90s. His mother, Laura Espinoza, was a three-time All-American shortstop for the Arizona softball team.

Watson, who is 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, will add size along the offensive line. He has great upside and is an extremely strong tackle. He is going to be a force throughout his college career.

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2017 Offers

Defensive Line

  • Gaelin Elmore: Somerset HS (Somerset, WI)/DE/6-foot-6/275 pounds/Minnesota grad transfer

2018 Offers

Wide Receiver

  • Julian Barnett: Belleville HS (Belleville, MI)/6-foot-2/190 pounds/4-star

Offensive Line

  • Devontae Dobbs: Belleville HS (Belleville, MI)/OT/6-foot-5/270 pounds/4-star
  • Aidan Rafferty: Gonzaga College HS (Washington, D.C.)/OT/6-foot-6/285 pounds/3-star

Defensive Line

  • Mayan Ahanotu: Berkeley Prep (Tampa, FL)/SDE/6-foot-4/250 pounds/3-star
  • Cam Goode: St. John’s College HS (Washington, D.C.)/DT/6-foot/315 pounds/3-star


  • Curry Benn: Landry-Walker HS (New Orleans, LA)/6-foot/170 pounds/3-star


  • Lance Robinson: De La Salle HS (New Orleans, LA)/5-foot-10/175 pounds/3-star

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