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Arizona football recruiting SitRep: First Polynesian Showcase a success

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This week has been a busy one for the Arizona Wildcats. The staff hosted two camps and numerous visitors over the weekend after being out on the road earlier in the week for a satellite camp.

So there’s a lot to get to with all of this action, but get caught up with this week’s SitRep.


Christian Young

With Arizona’s staff looking to dip back into Texas this recruiting cycle, Young would be a prime recruit to snag in order to get the ball rolling. He is up to 23 offers and is looking at dropping a top list on June 16th. He stated that Arizona will be on that list, and is looking to visit Tucson later in June. That should go a long way in landing his commitment.

Young likes the idea of playing in the Pac-12 and playing for Arizona’s staff. He is looking at making a decision in the very near future, naming July 18th as the date that he wants to announce his decision. This is a recruitment that Arizona fans should keep a close eye on and could end in the Cats’ favor if the visit goes well.

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Recruiting Notes

  • This kind of slipped through the cracks but at the end of May Arizona picked up another walk-on in punter Cameron Braaten. The 6-foot-1, 196 pounder from ThunderRidge High School (Highlands Ranch, CO) was previously committed to Indiana before flipping to the ‘Cats. His addition should add more competition with the special teams unit.
  • Blake Veargis (3-star ATH from Miami Norland High School in Miami, FL) released his Top 10 this week. The schools that made the list are Arizona, California, Nebraska, UAB, Kent State, Wake Forest, Bowling Green, Arizona State, Virginia, and Kansas. Nebraska has gotten a lot of buzz in this recruitment but Arizona sits in a good spot for the time being.
  • Another prospect who released a top schools list is Bryan Addison (4-star ATH from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, CA). He released an updated Top 7 list on Monday that includes Arizona, Arizona State, USC, UCLA, Nebraska, Oregon, and Washington. Arizona replaced Louisville after they offered near the end of May. The ‘Cats will have their work cut out for them but they are still in this battle. However, things could get even more interesting. On Sunday, Ohio State and Michigan offered Addison after his performance at the USC Rising Stars Camp. These offers could shake things up a bit. Either way, Addison’s recruitment is far from over.

Visits/Camps

Over the weekend, the Wildcat staff hosted the First Annual Polynesian Showcase camp in conjunction with the AIGA Foundation (which is run by former Wildcat George Malauulu). The Wildcats hosted prospects from Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah, Hawaii, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, Texas, and New Jersey. Arizona also had other visitors on campus earlier in the week.

2018 Class (8)

Quarterback

Running Back

  • Brock Sturges: Allen HS (Allen, TX)/5-foot-10/200 pounds/3-star/Arizona State Commit

Offensive Line

Defensive Line

  • Keiti Iakopo: Fountain Valley HS (Fountain Valley, CA)/DT/6-foot/305 pounds/3-stars/Golden West College
  • Takaamoatoa Lautaha: St. Francis HS (Honolulu, HI)/DE/6-foot-4/245 pounds/Unranked
  • Isaiah Niko: Carson HS (Carson, CA)/DT/6-foot-2/335 pounds/Unranked

Linebacker

  • M.J. Tafisi: Alta HS (Sandy, UT)/ILB/6-foot-1/220 pounds/3-star

Secondary

2019 Class (8)

Quarterback

  • Dane Leituala: Taylorsville HS (Taylorsville, UT)/6-foot/220 pounds/Unranked

Wide Receiver

  • Puka Nacua: Orem HS (Orem, UT)/6-foot-2/180 pounds/4-star

Offensive Line

  • Taufafo Tafua: El Dorado HS (El Paso, TX)/OT/6-foot/240 pounds/Unranked

Defensive Line

Linebacker

  • Akalea Kapono: Kamehameha HS (Honolulu, HI)/ILB/6-foot/200 pounds/Unranked
  • Lolani Langi: Bingham HS (South Jordan, UT)/OLB/6-foot-2/220 pounds/Unranked

Secondary

  • Noa Pola-Gates: Williams Field HS (Gilbert, AZ)/CB/6-foot-1/180 pounds/Unranked

2020 Class (3)

Quarterback

  • D.J. Uiagalelei: St. John Bosco HS (Bellflower, CA)/6-foot-4/230 pounds/Unranked

Defensive Line

  • Sefita Tupe: Junipero Serra HS (Gardena, CA)/DT/6-foot/280 pounds/Unranked

Athlete


2018 Offers (1)

Linebacker

  • Brian Asamoah: St. Francis De Sales HS (Columbus, OH)/OLB/6-foot-1/210 pounds/3-star

2019 Offers (1)

Wide Receiver

  • Puka Nacua: Orem HS (Orem, UT)/6-foot-2/180 pounds/4-star

2020 Offers (1)

Quarterback

  • D.J. Uiagalelei: St. John Bosco HS (Bellflower, CA)/6-foot-4/230 pounds/Unranked

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