Arizona Linebacker Priority List

Arizona is prioritizing numerous players at linebacker. Read on to see who they are and where the Wildcats stand with each.

Arizona already has two linebackers on board and will look to add at least two more in an attempt to strengthen the overall defense and add some versatility.

http://www.scout.com/player/200893-kylan-wilborn?s=106

Wilborn is a player Arizona recruited early and it paid off. He chose the Wildcats before his recruitment could really get going, but we’re confident that he would have picked up Pac-12 offers. In addition, Wilborn is one of the best shot putters in the state and could challenge to play right away due to his strength. 

http://www.scout.com/player/204159-tony-fields?s=106

Fields is a very nice pickup for Arizona, as he also had offers from Boise State, BYU, Missouri, Oregon State, and others. He has the versatility to play some safety as well and was another player that was surely going to pick up more offers. Fields is considered to be one of the top linebackers in the west, so this is a big one.

http://www.scout.com/player/203081-andrew-ward?s=106

Ward is keeping his options open and hasn’t given any hint as to which schools are leading. Right now this recruitment is likely between Arizona, Nebraska, and Virginia Tech. All three have positioned themselves well for an official visit and those visits could wind up being the difference in Ward’s recruitment.

http://www.scout.com/player/198623-sampson-niu?s=106

Niu will decide next month, but it would be a major surprise if he chose Arizona. The coaching staff was able to get him to campus and he enjoyed the visit, but Niu has supposedly favored USC for a while now.

http://www.scout.com/player/198102-joshua-brown?s=106

Arizona leads for Brown as of now with UNLV as the second school. The coaching staff is trying to build a better relationship with Long Beach Poly, which is a smart move. Players like Brown are a big reason why. A UCLA offer would probably change things up, but Arizona is doing well here.

http://www.scout.com/player/203522-ventrell-miller?s=106

This is another player that Arizona got involved with early and he’s now seen his recruitment really take off. Schools such as Florida, Miami, Nebraska, South Carolina, and others have offered. Jahmile Addae has done a nice job of recruiting Miller, but landing him is not going to be easy.

http://www.scout.com/player/198328-isaac-slade-matautia?s=106

There is a good chance this recruitment comes down to Arizona and Washington. Slade-Matautia is good friends with Michael Eletise and that will help Arizona quite a bit here. In addition, Matt Dudek and Charlie Ragle seem to connect well with the Hawaiian recruits. We would expect Arizona to remain one of Slade-Matautia’s top two until it is time to decide.

http://www.scout.com/player/206960-nate-landman?s=106

Landman doesn’t talk much about his recruitment, but Arizona is doing pretty well from what we understand. Boise State and Colorado are also in there and we’re not sure when Landman will be able to come to a final decision. Arizona has already had him on campus for an unofficial visit and will likely work to get him here on an official capacity as well.

http://www.scout.com/player/205015-richard-cage?s=106

Arizona is Cage’s only offer right now, so we can logically assume the Wildcats are the leader. We think Cage eventually gets more offers and that is a big reason why he has not committed yet. Still, offering first will play large here and the Wildcats are in good shape.


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