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Arizona football recruiting: How Wildcats’ 2018 commits fared in high school games

Arizona’s commits performed well over this weekend’s action

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There were quite a few Arizona Wildcats commits in action this past weekend as the high school football season got underway.

The ‘Cats also made the list of a highly-touted Southern California defensive lineman, too.

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

Jhevon Hill

I’m just going to drop Hill’s highlights against Paloma Valley below. His aggressiveness and man coverage skills are quite impressive to say the least. He has great ball awareness and is physical. These are the types of things college coaches want in a cornerback. It is clear the ‘Cats are bringing Hill in as a corner and, to be honest, it is a good thing they are.

Hill finished Friday’s contest with 9 tackles, 2 interceptions (including a pick six), and a pass breakup.

Josh Walker

Walker and his IMG Academy team faced off against Chandler High School on Saturday. Walker played a good chunk of time during the game and showed some great push. He also had a pretty good spin move the helped him shed a block to help bring down the ball carrier for no gain. He did handle double teams quite well and should continue to have a solid season for the Ascenders.

Jamarye Joiner

Joiner had himself a great game on Friday against Marana High School.

Joiner finished 17-for-29 passing with 239 yards and two touchdowns. Throw into that 170 yards on 14 carries with five touchdowns (including the game winner) on the ground and it’s evident Joiner is an explosive playmaker.

He showed incredible improvement in his passing game, staying in the pocket and going through his progressions. He showed great touch and arm strength, threading the needle at times that he needed to. Joiner is poised to have a bigger year than he did last year.

Issaiah Johnson

Johnson’s Los Alamitos team played against SoCal powerhouse Long Beach Poly and came up short 28-10. I haven’t been able to find anything on Johnson’s performance and the Los Al coaches have not inputed any stats into MaxPreps.

Jaden Mitchell

Mitchell’s all-too-well-known Desert Pines team suffered a tough 9-0 loss to Bishop Diego on Friday. I was unable to find any stats for Mitchell, but here is a pretty impressive over-the-shoulder catch from the speedy receiver.

McKenzie Barnes

Barnes’ Edison Tigers team have a tough game, losing to Bakersfield 16-0. I haven’t been able to find anything on Barnes’ performance and the Edison coaches have not inputed any stats into MaxPreps.

Armani Adams

Adams finished Lakewood’s 27-26 win over Boca Ciega with 4 tackles on defense and 7 yards on a catch on offense.

David Watson

Watson and his Panther squad had a rough go of it, losing to Cholla 50-0.

Mykee Irving

The Coyotes of Calabasas came away with a solid 35-12 victory over Dorsey on Thursday night. It looks like Irving played both sides of the ball with this crushing block against a Dorsey defender.

Recruiting notes

On Monday, four-star Cajon High School (San Bernardino, CA) defensive end Jeremiah Martin released hist top 10 schools, and Arizona made the cut.

Also on the list are Utah, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon, USC, Alabama, Washington State, Texas A&M, and Colorado. As you can see Arizona has some really, really stiff competition for Martin’s services. But the fact that the Wildcats made the cut shows how well they are doing with the talented d-end.

As of now I’d say either Alabama or UCLA are the frontrunners, though it’ll be interesting to see if Jhevon Hill’s commitment (Martin’s teammate) can help the Wildcats. Hill has already started recruiting Martin as well.

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