Arizona has built a reliable pipeline in Las Vegas in recent years and that source has produced another commitment.
Three-star wide receiver Jaden Mitchell from Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines chose the Wildcats on Friday, telling Scout.com that he saw everything he needed to see in Tucson to come off the board.
"The Wildcats have an up and coming program and I feel that I can make a big impact when I come up there and feel that I can be a first-year starter," Mitchell said. "This is the right time for this decision because it's a very comfortable place up in Arizona . And I've already built great relationships with the coaches and players. I am about to head into summer and that will let me focus on them more.
"I fit into the offensive scheme pretty well. Coach (Calvin) Magee told me that they're going to use me in the slot and move me around the field a lot. They run a lot of option routes at that position and that will allow me to take more control on the field. They also told me that I will be able to transition into the backfield a lot coming out of the slot, which is great because I love having the ball in my hands."
Mitchell visited Tucson a couple times during the recruiting process and, given that Arizona was the first to offer, the Wildcats were always considered the program to beat.
Arizona was successful in the Sin City in the last recruiting cycle, signing three-star cornerbacks Tony Wallace and Malik Hausman, three-star outside linebacker Tony Fields and three-star offensive guard Edgar Burrola out of Las Vegas. Bishop Gorman three-star defensive end Adam Plant has committed in the current class and the Wildcats have also landed a pledge from USC transfer Noah Jefferson, who's originally from Las Vegas.
"The visit to Tuscon [earlier this month] was good," Mitchell said. "It was my second time being out there and it felt really good and comfortable. The campus and facility are nice and the coaches are great."
Mitchell had a productive junior season at Desert Oasis, piling up over 750 yards of total offense and five touchdowns to earn first-team all-league honors despite missing the final three games due to injury.