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National Signing Day: 3-star linebacker Jabar Triplett Jr. signs with Arizona

Arizona signs productive linebacker from The Boot

LB signee Jabar Triplett Jr. and his father on his official visit to Arizona in October 2019
Photo via @showtime9_ on Twitter

The Arizona Wildcats added a productive linebacker from Louisiana on Wednesday in 3-star Jabar Triplett Jr., who officially signed after committing to the UA in October.

Read on for Triplett’s profile.

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 218 pounds

High School: Southern Lab School

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Ranking: No. 1,620 overall, No. 108 outside linebacker, No. 72 player in Louisiana

Star Rating: 3-star (247Sports Composite), 3-star (247Sports), 3-star (Rivals)

2019 Stats: 86 tackles, 9.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 1 INT, 7 PBU, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries

Career Stats: Stats incomplete

Other Offers: Colorado State, Grambling State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisville, McNeese State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Nicholls State, Oklahoma State, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern, Tennessee State, Texas State, Texas Tech, Toledo, Tulsa

Brandon’s Thoughts: I view Triplett as a very solid, and much needed, linebacker.

He is built very well and has pretty decent sideline-to-sideline speed. Couple that with his impressive vision and awareness and you have an extremely productive backer who reacts to plays quickly. This allows him to be in the thick of things often, which is what you want linebackers to do.

My favorite part of his game is his solid tackling. This attribute stems from an extremely strong base. You see it almost every play, the way he sets his feet and positiosn his body gives him a great base to launch himself. And he has a powerful launch that comes from a very strong lower body. When he hits someone you can see it.

Probably his most under appreciated attribute is that he actually plays the pass rather well. This is evidenced by his stats (seven pass breakups and a pick).

This is another strong addition to the linebacker corps who should be able to see the field very early in his career.

Gabe’s Thoughts: Arizona desperately needs bodies in the linebacker room and I’ll give credit to the staff for keeping Triplett committed during the coaching shuffle and the late resurgence from Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

Triplett walks into an extremely favorable situation as Arizona loses each of their top four linebackers after this season so with some development he has a great chance to start.

I wish Arizona had more inside linebackers in this class, so I’m a little concerned from depth standpoint. Hopefully Arizona can land a transfer portal backer to help supplement the depth chart.