Recruiting Reset: Linebackers

One of Arizona's biggest priorities in 2014 is at linebacker. Read on to see who Arizona has offered and where it stands with each.

Jamardre Cobb: Cobb was supposed to visit Arizona this past weekend, but was unable to make it. That really does not have a lot to do with his thoughts about Arizona, as he is expected to be on campus sooner than later. Cobb is a national recruit but, for some reason, does not have an offer from the local schools. He is one of Arizona's top priorities and it will be interesting to see what happens with his thoughts on Arizona once he reaches campus.

Marquis Ware: Ware's recruitment is similar to Cobb's, except he has a UCLA offer. Arizona is working to get him on campus and is trying to make this a package deal, which most schools are. The hope is that Arizona makes an impact on Ware once he visits campus and there are not many guys that are higher priorities for the Wildcats.

Joey Alfieri: Most of the Pac-12 is after Alfieri and schools like Washington and Oregon State have had a head start on him. Stanford is another school to look out for and the reality of this recruitment is that Arizona is just trying to get into the northwest. It won't be easy for Arizona to land Alfieri, but he does admit he is intrigued by Arizona. This is likely an example of another recruitment in which Arizona needs to get him on campus this summer to have a chance.

Curtis Bolton: Bolton was another player that had plans to visit this past weekend, but has to reschedule. Arizona has a legitimate chance here, due in large part to the likely immediate playing time it can offer. The Wildcats have made recruiting the Inland Empire a priority and it seems to be paying off. Bolton wants a local offer and will try to camp at UCLA in order to get one, so that is an important aspect to keep an eye on.

Donavin Buck: Arizona has been recruiting Buck for a while now and is in good standing with him. Washington State and San Diego State are the schools that have offered that are also right there, but considering playing time is going to be a big deal, Arizona will remain right in the thick of things. We aren't going to say that Buck will wind up at Arizona, but the Wildcats have a very good chance here.

Tyler Cook: Cook's family is LDS, so BYU is going to be a major player, especially after he was impressed on a recent visit. Arizona is recruiting Cook aggressively and has a solid chance to land him. Cook wants to decide in early August and will cut his list down before then. Arizona has already had him on campus and the coaching staff did a good job of selling the school to him. He won't name any favorites, but Arizona is one of the schools to beat for Cook.

Ismael Murphy-Richardson: Murphy-Richardson's film made it rounds and he got plenty of offers because of it. Michigan, Florida, UCLA, and others were quick to offer once watching it. We're sure that his offer list will continue to increase, thus making it harder for the UA to land him. Murphy-Richardson is a priority for Arizona, but the fact that he is a national recruit will not make it easy.

Zaire Franklin: Arizona recently offered Franklin, so it is difficult to get a good gauge on where the Wildcats stand. Franklin has no intention of making an early decision, but he does want to take numerous visits. Schools like Wisconsin and West Virginia are in consistent contact with franklin, but have not offered. Syracuse got him on campus and made a nice impression, but Franklin said afterwards he had no desire to commit. It is not easy to get kids in the east to come to Arizona, but the coaching staff has shown the ability to do it before.

Jaylon Graham: Graham currently has three offers and Arizona's history with Florida should help its chances. Graham's defensive coordinator worked at West Virginia with Jeff Casteel, Bill Kirelawich, and David Lockwood, so there is a major connection there that will help. The coaches have let Graham and Matt Franklin know where he the linebacker is on the priority list, so we would be surprised if Arizona was not heavily involved in the end.

Christian Lezzer: As of now, Arizona is Lezzer's biggest offer and the word is that playing out west is intriguing. The biggest thing to watch here is which offers come his way. Pittsburgh is a major school of interest, but it has not offered yet. At this point, Lezzer is focused on the schools closer to home, but the goal is to get him to visit Arizona and proceed from there.


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