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Arizona football recruiting SitRep: Wildcats host visitors vs. Utah, 2018 commit highlights, and more

Arizona is going to have more defensive athletes on the roster next season

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It was an overall slow week for the Arizona Wildcats on the recruiting trail, but they did host a few visitors and had plenty of their commits in action over the weekend.

So let’s get to it in this week’s SitRep.

David Watson, OT/DT

2017 Stats: 13 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Watson and his Amphi team are still having issues this season. The Panthers fell to Walden Grove, 59-0.

Armani Adams, S

2017 Stats: 16 tackles; 2 rec, 13 yds, 0 TD

Adams’ Lakewood Spartans team gained their second win of the season after having their last couple of games suspended due to Hurricane Irma. Lakewood put away Lehigh, 21-13. Usually Adams’ stats are updated midway through the week so I haven’t been able to get his updated stats.

Jhevon Hill, DB

2017 Stats: 18 tackles, 2 INT, 3 PBU

Hill continues to have a good season for Cajon. On Friday the Cowboys took on Redlands and came out on top 39-7. Hill finished the game with four tackles and a deflected pass. Below is a clip of Hill during the game and his first four game highlights. His highlights are fun to watch and shows how physical he is.

vs. Redlands highlights:

Season highlights:

Issaiah Johnson, LB

Los Al suffered their second loss of the season at the hands of JSerra Catholic 32-10. I was unable to find any clips or stats of Johnson.

Jaiden Dockery, S

Dockery had a pretty solid game on Friday, despite Lancaster losing to Lake Ridge, 24-20.

Dockery showed great physicality and willingness to come up and smack a ball carrier in the run game. He also had a sack coming out of what would be the Spur position in UA’s defense. I see him fitting in well at the Spur at the next level.

Mykee Irving, DT

2017 Stats: 7 tackles

Irving and Calabasas continue to roll this season. The Coyotes are sitting undefeated, with their latest victory coming against El Camino Real. Irving did play in Calabasas’ 35-8 win, but did not record any stats.

Jamarye Joiner, QB

2017 Stats: 53-for-88, 823 yds, 13 TD, 3 INT; 40 car, 331 yds, 10 TD

Joiner had an uncharacteristic game against Tucson on Friday. He didn’t have the greatest game statistically for the Bobcats, but did enough to lead Cienega to a 51-17 victory over the Badgers.

Joiner finished 9-for-20 for 111 yards, two scores and two picks through the air. He also had 42 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. He did have a really nice long touchdown pass that can be seen in his game highlights below:

Darrius Smith, RB

Smith and his Dawson squad smashed Dobie in a 38-0 lopsided win, bringing the Eagles to 2-1 on the season. I was unable to find any stats or clips of Smith in action.

Jake Peters, TE

2017 Stats: 4 rec, 41 yds, 0 TD; 13 tackles

Santa Margarita Catholic was handed their first loss of the season to Orange County powerhouse Mission Viejo, falling 28-23.

Peters had a pretty solid game, not statistically, but he did what was asked of him.

He threw some physical blocks to set the edge and open holes for his running backs. He did have seven yards on a catch. Below are his highlights from the game and his midseason highlights.

vs. Mission Viejo:

Midseason highlights:

McKenzie Barnes, CB

2017 Stats: 12 tackles, 12 PBU; 2 rec, 21 yds, 0 TD

Much like Hill, Barnes is continuing to have a solid season for Edison. The Tigers picked up their second win of the season, defeating Garces Memorial, 27-15.

Barnes showed how versatile he is, playing corner, receiver, and even punter. He played aggressively, press coverage and even showed skill shedding blocks to pursue the ball carrier.

He made a nice touchdown saving tackle after chasing him down. Below are his highlights against Garces and his midseason highlights.

vs. Garces Memorial:

Midseason highlights:


  • Arizona hosted a small group of visitors for the Utah game. We’ll start with the two JUCO players who made the short trip over to UA’s campus. Bryant Pirtle and Haki Woods play at local Pima C.C. and have already visited UA multiple times. These are two to keep an eye on, though Pirtle has plenty of options.
  • The next prospect is a 2018 player who actually picked up his offer from the ‘Cats recently, San Diego-based running back Martell Irby. He was on campus Friday night, just four days after receiving his offer. He fits Arizona’s offense and could be used multiple ways. It’ll be interesting to see how his recruitment goes, especially since UA is his only Power Five offer.
  • The final visitor of the night was 2020 stud running back Kendall Milton. Scout has him unranked, but 247Sports has him as a 4-star prospect. Milton visiting was a little surprise, however he does have both Arizona and Utah on his offer list. USC has a lot of buzz in his recruitment, but it’s still very early and it’s never a bad thing to get him on campus this early.
  • Sunday, Arizona got news that they’ll receive a big visitor on Nov. 10. Defensive tackle Jonathan Lolohea tweeted that he will be taking an official visit to Tucson. The one time Kansas commit has become a major target for the Wildcats now that he is back on the market. This is one I believe has a good shot at going UA’s way.

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