Wildcats land linebacker

Arizona has landed a commitment from Oregon linebacker Derrick Turituri. Read on to see why he chose the Wildcats, what other offers he has, and more.

Arizona's recruiting momentum continued through the weekend, as 6-foot-2, 218-pound Central Point (Ore.) Crater linebacker Derrick Turituri has made the decision to verbal to Arizona.

"When I went down there I had a great family atmosphere and the coaches were great," Turituri said. "I met some of their players and they were really nice guys. Last time I saw them they were going to visit kids at a children's hospital and that was cool."

In addition, Turituri says that he was impressed with the educational aspect of his visit and Arizona as a whole.

"Everybody was really nice and I liked the facilities," he said. "We spoke with their advisors for education and I really liked how the school program is set up.

"They make it a point to try to get everybody graduated and have a high graduation rate, which was impressive."

Turituri has the ability to play both sides of the ball, but says that the UA coaching staff has been clear that it wants him on defense.

"They are looking at me at inside or outside linebacker," he said. "The coaches said they will figure out exactly which one when I get there. My strength is probably stopping the run and then I can pass rush also."

Arizona definitely was not the only school that was recruiting Turituri, as he chose the Wildcats over a handful of offers.

"Besides Arizona, I was hearing from the Oregon schools and Boise State," he said. "I had an offer from Wyoming, Colorado, Oregon State, and Hawaii."

Turituri visited Arizona with his teammate R.J. Morgan and while he says it will be nice to play with his friend, it was not a deciding factor.

"My decision to go there did not have much to do with him, but it is great that he is going there because we have been best friends since sixth grade," Turituri said. "The family atmosphere, the education and the whole thing as one I really liked and having him be there is another plus."


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