"I committed to Arizona," Beach told PacWestFootball. "I tripped there and really liked it. They're bringing me in as a defensive back, which is where I knew I would be playing. I didn't play much defense this past year because our coaches wanted me to focus on playing quarterback, but I think I'll make the transition pretty well."
San Diego Senior HS quarterback Marcus Hollingsworth also appears headed to Arizona. Like Beach he will use his great speed and athletic ability at either wide receiver or defensive back. The 5-11, 195-pound Hollingsworth was an option quarterback in high school, who also ran the spread offense. He has played both cornerback and free safety on the defensive side of the ball.
"Defense is Hollingsworth's future in college," his coach Andy Diaz said in the preseason.
The Cats also appear to have lost out on two players who had previously committed to Arizona.
Defensive back Soloman Smart has apparently decided not to attend Arizona. He visited UNLV this past weekend and will not be a Wildcat.
Published reports have OL John Mahaffey de-committing from Arizona and instead deciding to play at Baylor. Mahaffey, a 6-5, 320-pounder, is from Tyler, Texas. He committed to Arizona two weeks ago, but decided to trip to Waco this past weekend. Reportedly he enjoyed his visit and will play for the Bears.
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