Arizona Signing Day Awards: Best Defensive Player

WildcatAuthority.com makes its picks for the best defensive player in Arizona's class.

Ben White: Arizona’s defense continues to improve under improved personnel of Marcel Yates and Anthony Pandy fits this description perfectly. 

He’s easily one of the most talented linebackers in the region and his high motor and ability to play multiple positions will be huge. The versatile three-star is without a doubt a big factor to Arizona’s defense moving forward. 

Michael Luke: Colin Schooler figures to have a quick impact at Arizona, but long term, it says here My-King Johnson is the best defensive player in the class. 

Physically, Johnson is bigger and more explosive off the edge than anyone in this class and without a ton of players possessing pass rushing potential, Johnson figures to receive a ton of individual coaching in the hopes that he can develop into the edge rusher Arizona has lacked since Scooby Wright left campus.

Cody James Martin: It’s not every day that Arizona is able to hold onto a corner back like that is getting pursued by USC and Nebraska. Recruiting issues aside, Tony Wallace was a hot commodity for a reason. 

He isn’t an elite level corner, but he has the ability to grow into one of those players eventually. Wallace is a little short at just five-foot-ten, but has some incredible speed that makes him an intriguing player. 

With some hard work and focus, Wallace can turn into one of the better corners in the conference in a few seasons.

Jason Scheer: Anthony Pandy might be my favorite player in Arizona’s class. He has a bit of a nasty streak and brings the skill and athleticism to back it up. 

It’s easy to like a linebacker that gets all over the field and plays with emotion, which is exactly what Pandy is. He can play on both the inside and outside and rush the quarterback or drop back in coverage. 

I would expect Pandy to make an impact sooner than later and would be surprised if his career at Arizona isn’t a success. 


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