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Arizona football recruiting SitRep: Wildcats add a commit, host visitors, and more

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Things are picking up for the Wildcat football team

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Things are starting to pick up for the Arizona Wildcats. The staff held an annual recruiting event this past weekend and locked up their eighth commitment of the class.

There’s that and more in this week’s SitRep:


Jhevon Hill

We’ll start off with Arizona’s newest commit, Jhevon Hill. Hill visited Tucson this weekend for the Wildcats’ recruiting event and gave UA his pledge. The former UCLA commit received his offer from the Wildcats after the staff visited him at his school during the spring evaluation period. Shortly after, Hill decommitted from the Bruins.

At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Hill can play either safety or cornerback for UA. He is a nice pickup for Arizona. He has speed and loves to hit people, which is perfect for a defensive back.


Taron Madison

The talented running back from Beaumont, Calif. visited the Wildcats earlier in the week and left with an offer. However, the interest from both parties did not start with the visit. Madison attended a satellite camp hosted by Arizona in Redlands, Calif. in mid-June. Since the camp, special teams coach Brian Knorr has stayed in contact with Madison and that helped eventually lead to his offer.

Right now, the 2019 prospect does not have a decision timeframe in mind and is just enjoying the process for the time being. He is currently sitting at five offers with Washington, Oregon, Utah and San Jose State joining Arizona on his list. He likes all of his options and every school plays a special part for him so far.


Visitors

Arizona hosted its annual end of July recruiting event called “The Closing.” Even earlier in the week the Wildcats hosted numerous visitors. Below is a list of visitors that came to campus throughout the week and weekend.

2018

Wide Receiver

Chris Olave: Mission Hills HS (San Marcos, CA)/WR/6-foot/160 pounds/3-star

Kobe Smith: Junipero Serra HS (Gardena, CA)/WR/6-foot-2/174 pounds/4-star

Jaron Woodyard: The Avalon’s School (Bethesda, MD)/WR/5-foot-11/180 pounds/Unranked/Arizona Western College

Tight End

Jake Peters: Santa Margarita Catholic HS (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)/TE/6-foot-5/225 pounds/3-star

Offensive Line

Donovan Laie: Oceanside HS (Oceanside, CA)/OT/6-foot-6/275 pounds/3-star

Defensive Back

Steve McIntosh: Bishop Alemany HS (Mission Hills, CA)/CB/5-foot-11/185 pounds/3-star

Athlete

Jhevon Hill: Cajon HS (San Bernardino, CA)/ATH/6-foot-3/185 pounds/3-star

Long Snapper

Geno Albini: Wimberley HS (Wimberley, TX)/LS/5-foot-11/200 pounds/Unranked

2019

Quarterback

Jayden Daniels: Cajon HS (San Bernardino, CA)/QB/6-foot-3/170 pounds/3-star

Running Back

Taron Madison: Beaumont HS (Beaumont, CA)/RB/6-foot-1/192 pounds/Unranked

Wide Receiver

Taj Davis: Upland HS (Upland, CA)/WR/6-foot-2/180 pounds/Unranked


Recruiting Notes

  • On Sunday, Arizona Western running back Greg Bell released his top four, which included Arizona, Boise State, and Louisville. The tweet has since been deleted so I’m not sure what to think of that (I also can’t remember the fourth team he listed). Regardless, Arizona has made the Chula Vista, Calif. native a priority in this class and is in a good place with his recruitment.

2018 Offers (1)

Defensive Line

Mykee Irving: Calabasas HS (Calabasas, CA)/DT/6-foot-2/305 pounds/3-star

2019 Offers (3)

Quarterback

Jayden Daniels: Cajon HS (San Bernardino, CA)/QB/6-foot-3/170 pounds/3-star

Running Back

Taron Madison: Beaumont HS (Beaumont, CA)/RB/6-foot-1/192 pounds/Unranked

Athlete

Noa Pola-Gates: Williams Field HS (Gilbert, AZ)/ATH/6-foot-1/180 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