2016 Arizona Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Arizona Football Recruiting Class: Rich Rodriguez has made a living at Arizona out of shining with talents who aren’t the elite of the elite, but without a lot of prospects coming in this year, he can’t miss on too many signees.

    February 1, 2016


    2016 Arizona Football Recruiting Class: Rich Rodriguez has made a living at Arizona out of shining with talents who aren’t the elite of the elite, but without a lot of prospects coming in this year, he can’t miss on too many signees.


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    Arizona Football Recruiting Class Overview

    It’s not going to be a class that’ll move the needle too much. The Wildcats didn’t bring in a big haul, and there aren’t enough four and five-star types – that’s not the level the program is recruiting at right now. Last year’s class was a lot bigger and next year’s will be full of more bodies and prospects – this was more of a pick-and-choose class.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Defensive backs. This isn’t a big class and there aren’t a ton of options for the offense, but the defensive side is getting a slew of nice prospects for the secondary with our likely safety prospects starting with Isaiah Hayes and Gavin Robertson to go along with Jarrius Wallace and Tristan Cooper – this is a big group that can move. Not all of them will end up on defense, but the Wildcats are recruiting to a type.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    WR Khalil Tate, 6-0, 210 – Guard Michael Eletise needs to be a starter soon, and J.J. Taylor has the quickness and look of a big-time Arizona running back in the RichRod system, but it’s Tate who has the size and the skills to be a star either as a receiver or a defensive back once the coaching staff figures out what to do with him. Florida State, USC, UCLA and Texas A&M were the other big schools who wanted him, but everyone will try to figure out his best role.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    Wide receiver. There are a few key losses here and there, but for the most part, the Wildcats return a veteran team that should be better. However, with Cayleb Jones leaving early for the NFL, and with David Richards done, the receiving corps is missing a few of the weapons to stretch the field. Several receivers are back to rise up, but it’s going to be an area of focus this offseason.

    2016 Arizona Football Recruiting Class

    JJ Allen DE 6-4 250 Long Beach, Calif. (West Torrance HS/Long Beach CC)
    Lorenzo Burns CB 6-0 165 Temecula, Calif. (Linfield Christian HS)
    Bryson Cain OT 6-4 270 Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak HS)
    Jalen Cochran LB 6-4 225 Canton, Mich. (Canton HS)
    Jacob Colacion LB 6-1 210 La Habra, Calif. (La Habra HS)
    Devaughn Cooper WR 5-11 175 Harbor City, Calif. (Narbonne HS)
    Tristan Cooper S 6-1 180 El Paso, Texas (Andress HS)
    Michael Eletise OT 6-4 295 Honolulu, Hawaii (Kaiser HS)
    Isaiah Hayes FS 6-0 165 Calabasas, Calif. (Calabasas HS)
    Justin Holt DT 6-4 285 Tucson, Ariz. (Salpointe Catholic HS)
    Francisco Nelson LB 6-3 215 Lakeland, Fla. (Kathleen HS)
    Kahi Neves LB 6-4 240 Provo, Utah (Timpview HS)
    Jamie Nunley TE 6-5 205 Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta HS)
    Antonio Parks CB 5-10 177 Reserve, La. (East St. John HS)
    Shawn Poindexter WR 6-6 210 Peoria, Ariz. (Centennial HS/Glendale CC)
    Gavin Robertson S 6-2 200 Auburn, Wash. (Mountain View HS)
    Harper Sherman OT 6-5 260 New Westminster, B.C. (New Westminster School)
    Khalil Tate QB 6-2 206 Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra HS)
    J.J. Taylor RB 5-6 155 Corona, Calif. (Centennial HS)
    Chacho Ulloa S 6-0 190 Corona, Calif. (Centennial HS)
    Keenan Walker OT 6-5 266 Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral HS)
    Jarrius Wallace S 6-2 180 Marrero, La. (John Ehret HS)

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