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Arizona football recruiting: Linebacker Issaiah Johnson verbally commits to Wildcats

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The Wildcats have landed one of the top linebackers in the West for their 2018 class

Issaiah Johnson at the Nike Football The Opening Los Angeles.
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For the first time in the 2018 recruiting cycle, the Arizona Wildcats have landed a verbal commitment from a prospect from California.

Issaiah Johnson, a linebacker from Los Alamitos, tweeted out his pledge to Arizona on Monday afternoon.

“After talking with my family and coaches, I am proud and honored to say that I have committed to the University of Arizona!” the tweet reads.

Johnson is rated as a three-star by Scout, checking in at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. They also have him ranked as the 7th-best ILB in the West.

He was offered by Arizona back in March while on a visit to Tucson.

“It was good. I had a great time,” he told our Brandon Combs after that trip. “Me and some other athletes were sitting down talking to Coach Rodriguez. Towards the end of the conversation he said he just wanted to let us know that we had an offer to play at the U of A.”

According to Matt Moreno, linebackers coach Scott Boone went by Johnson’s high school to seal the deal on Monday.

Last season, Johnson racked up 140 tackles and six sacks as a high school junior. You can watch his junior year highlights here.

This is the fifth commitment of the 2018 class for Arizona.

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