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Arizona offers Tucson-area standout Mario Padilla

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The 2019 recruiting class Arizona have put together is noticeably thin on local prospects, with Marana offensive lineman Jordan Morgan the only in-state player the Wildcats signed in December.

Coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff figure to be much more focused on landing Arizona-based recruits in 2020, and part of the process of making that happen includes potentially adding a standout Tucson athlete in the current class.

Mario Padilla, a two-way star for Salpointe Catholic High School, has been offered a preferred walk-on spot with the Arizona Wildcats in 2019.

The 5-foot-8, 185-pound Padilla played running back, wide receiver and safety for Salpointe, where as a senior he had more than 1,200 all-purpose yards, scored 20 touchdowns and recorded three interceptions. In his three-year varsity career Padilla scored 60 TDs for the Lancers.

Padilla’s addition could help Arizona in its quest to land another Salpointe player: running back Bijan Robinson. He is the No. 3 prospect in the state in the 2020 class as well as the nation’s sixth-best running back prospect and No. 39 overall recruit.

Arizona is one of 15 FBS offers for Robinson, including Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and most Pac-12 schools.