Commit breakdown: Defense

Here is how we see each defensive commit contributing.

1. Jabral Johnson, LB –

Johnson committed shortly after Garman and should be able to make an impact at linebacker as soon as he hits the field. There aren't too many seniors at the position this year so most will be back in 2011, but the uncertainty at the position leaves it open for Johnson.

There will be plenty of competition, but it is feasible to think that Johnson could see playing time as early as his freshman year.

2. Joseph Carter, DE –

Carter comes to UA at the right time. As a JC transfer, he will have a leg-up on the competition in terms of experience and Arizona will need plenty of that after both Ricky Elmore and Brooks Reed depart.

Carter is a bit of an unknown at this point, but created a solid reputation on the JUCO circuit. If he can adjust quickly to the NCAA game, he could be a player that battles for a starting job in 2011.

3. Hank Hobson, LB –

Hobson is a player that will probably redshirt for season before hitting the playing field. He will need to add weight to play linebacker at the pac-10 level, but has displayed solid athleticism in high school.

Like Johnson, Hobson could theoretically make an impact early due to the uncertainty at the position, but there should be enough support to allow Hobson to develop for the season while learning the system.

4. Kerry Swarn, DB –

Given the youth at and talent in the defensive backfield, Swarn will have to impress to see the field early. As of right now, the secondary has a lot of questions, but there is so much talent within the unit that it will be difficult for a young player like Swarn to earn a position.

It's not impossible though and if there is still a weakness in the secondary next year, the chances of Swarn making an impact increase.

5. Tra'Mayne Bondurant, DB –

Like Swarn, Boundrant is going to have to work to see the field when he hits campus. He will most likely redshirt for a season with all the talent in front of him, but anything is possible at this point and Bondurant could play as a freshman, but don't count on it.

One way players like Bondurant and Swarn could make an impact as freshmen is on special teams. Like many players before, these youngsters could be used on that unit in order to help them adjust to the college game.

6. Rob Hankins, LB –

Hankins is listed under 220 pounds, but the accuracy of that is questionable. He has a body that will translate well to the college game and his body gives him an advantage over a player like Hobson.

Hankins was recruited by several of the biggest programs in the country. Hankins came to Arizona with a chance to make an impact from the get go and with the talent he brings to the table, he probably has the best shot of the linebacker recruits to play early. Just one look and you can tell he is already bigger than a few of the linebackers currently on the roster.

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