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Arizona football recruiting SitRep: A look at the Wildcats’ defensive back targets

We take a look at players on the back end that are a priority for UA’s coaching staff

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As the summer comes to a close and the start of Pac-12 Media Days and fall camp draw near, it’s about to be a busy time for the Arizona Wildcats.

Before that, we will take a look at some targets remaining for the coaching staff on the 2018 recruiting front. This week, we’ll focus on defensive backs.

Let’s get to it in this week’s SitRep:

Defensive Back Priorities

Jemaurian Jones, Brookhaven High School, Brookhaven, MS

We’ll start off with a recruit I was not at all expecting. When the 6-foot-1 cornerback released his top 10 in late June, it was an interesting one. The Wildcats made the cut along with schools like Florida State, Georgia, UCLA, Oregon State, and Ole Miss to name a few. With schools from all over the country, his recruitment could go any number of ways. It will be interesting to see how things play out, but for now the priority for the Arizona staff is to get Jones on campus for a visit.

Dallas Taylor-Cortez, Chaminade College Prep, West Hills, CA

The Wildcats have put themselves into a great position for the tall, lengthy cornerback from Southern California. The talented corner hasn’t taken any visits yet but plans to take some soon, as his planned commitment date is August 10 (his mother’s birthday). He has interest in the ‘Cats and would like to take a visit out to Tucson soon, so it’s a matter of getting him on campus to make more headway in his recruitment. Washington State is sitting well with Taylor-Cortez as well, and is probably Arizona’s biggest competition.

Full Interview

Dominique Hampton, Centennial High School, Peoria, AZ

Hampton has been a huge in-state target for the Wildcat staff for quite some time now. UA’s staff has constant communication with the cornerback and Hampton likes that about the staff. In early July, Hampton released a top five of nothing but Pac-12 schools, so it’s safe to say we know what conference he’ll play in. Besides the ‘Cats, Hampton has high interest in Washington and Colorado.

Full Interview

Steve McIntosh, Bishop Alemany High School, Mission Hills, CA

McIntosh is a versatile defensive back from Southern California. He does have a large amount of interest in Arizona and we can confirm he will be visiting Tucson on July 26. McIntosh made some good plays and opened some eyes during the Battle at the Beach in Huntington Beach earlier this month. He is versatile enough to play safety but also cornerback. If his visit goes well this week, it’s highly possible McIntosh will become a new member to Arizona’s class.

Full Interview

Tyric LeBeauf, Long Beach Poly, Long Beach, CA

UA has quietly done a nice job with another rangy Southern California corner in LeBeauf. Marcel Yates has been leading the charge at LBP and has been doing a good job at the school. LeBeauf has been hearing from Arizona for some time, receiving his offer when he took an unofficial visit to campus in March. Some of the biggest competition for the ‘Cats in this one comes from Utah and Washington State.

Kenny Churchwell, Mountain Pointe High School, Phoenix, AZ

At one point, it was safe to say that Arizona was the school to beat for Churchwell’s services. But with his head recruiter, Charlie Ragle, leaving for Cal it has become a little murkier now. Churchwell has taken numerous visits to campus so far so there is a sense of familiarity there. Churchwell has been taking the process slowly, so there is time for the ‘Cats to make up ground.

Chigozie Anusiem, Sonora High School, La Habra, CA

Anusiem is another versatile defensive back that can play either safety or cornerback. Either way, measuring 6-foot-2 and 171 pounds, Anusiem has the size that college coaches like to see in the defensive backfield. Anusiem was offered by the Wildcats during the spring evaluation period and the ‘Cats continue to be one of his bigger options. Arizona, however, does have its work cutout for it as Notre Dame, UCLA, Washington State, and California are some of the schools also involved. It looks to be an uphill battle for Arizona, but as expected, getting him on campus could go a long way.

Jhevon Hill, Cajon High School, San Bernardino, CA

During the weekend, Hill confirmed to that he will be in Tucson on July 29 for the big, end-of-summer event UA holds every year. At 6-foot-3, 185 pounds it’s easy to see why Arizona would be so interested. And the interest is reciprocated. If this weekend goes well for the former UCLA commit, it is easy to see him playing at the next level in Tucson.

Recruiting Notes

As mentioned above, July 29 marks the last summer recruiting event for the Arizona staff before they turn their attention to fall camp and the current team. During the week and throughout the weekend, we will work to get complete a visitor list, which we’ll present in next week’s SitRep.

2018 Offers (1)

Wide Receiver

Tre Adams: Wakeland HS (Frisco, TX)/WR/6-foot-3/178 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