The Arizona Wildcats have had a very busy June. With the recruiting dead period finally over, recruits are able to make official visits for the first time since March 2020. Jedd Fisch and company are taking full advantage.
The ‘Cats have been able to get 22 priority prospects on campus for official visits in the first two weeks of June. And that’s not even counting the over 1,300 players they’ve hosted during the camps so far.
Focusing on the official visitors, let’s take a look at who’s made the trip to Tucson.
Arizona hosted 10 prospects on official visits the first weekend of June.
One commit made the trek to his future home in Scottsdale-Saguaro linebacker/defensive end Tristan Monday. The visit went well Monday and did nothing but affirm and solidify his decision to commit to play in Don Brown’s defense.
Three other Phoenix-area players made the trip down to Tucson, all from Chandler schools. Quaron Adams, an explosive athlete from Chandler High, is a player who the staff has done a really good job with. The visit went really well, however, it’s not a sure-fire case for UA. Iowa State is bringing major competition for Adams’ signature.
Another Chandler High product, DL Isaiah Johnson, took his first official visit down in Tucson. He is relatively quiet so there isn’t much on his time at Arizona.
The last player from Arizona is Hamilton High School edge rusher Russell Davis II. Davis came away very impressed with the campus and what the school has to offer. He is taking two more visits, one to Boston College and the other to Iowa State. All told, Arizona should be in his recruitment until the end.
UA had only two offensive players on campus, Adams and big-time tight end target Colston Loveland. The big 6-foot-5, 230 pound big man from Idaho is probably Arizona’s biggest priority at tight end in this class. He visited Arizona State June 11-13 and will be in Corvallis this weekend for an official visit. He has garnered attention from Alabama and LSU as well, but Arizona is still in a very good position in his recruitment.
Most of the visitors were defensive players. Four-star Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian defensive lineman/outside linebacker Sterling Lane II and four-star Concord (CA) De La Salle cornerback Zeke Berry made the trek to Tucson. Lane’s visit went very well and the visit put the ‘Cats squarely in his recruitment. Lane is visiting Oregon State this weekend and had an SEC tour earlier this month. Berry also had a good visit and Arizona has stuck in his recruitment for a long time. Berry visited Pittsburgh June 11-13 and is in Berkeley visiting the Bears this weekend. He also has a visit set up for Oregon starting June 25.
Sticking with the defensive backfield, Stockton (CA) Lincoln cornerback and Fresno State commit Jomarion Briggs also made the trip to Arizona. He is still committed to the Bulldogs, but the visit gave him a lot to think about. It is noteworthy that he is also the teammate of Arizona running back commit Jonah Coleman.
Rounding out the defensive backs, we come to Dallas (TX) South Oak Cliff cornerback Kyron Chambers. He thoroughly enjoyed his visit, so much so that he committed to UA this past Wednesday. After his visit to Tucson, he did take a visit to Indiana, but he saw all he needed to with those two visits. We will have an analysis on Chambers in the near future.
Finally, we come to Mount Pleasant (TX) defensive lineman Tre Emory. Arizona was his very first official visit and has taken unofficials to Texas A&M (June 2) and SMU (June 16). He also has an official visit to Arkansas on June 25 and is setting up officials to SMU and Oklahoma State. It is unknown if he’ll actually take those other official visits due to him committing to Baylor while officially visiting Waco this weekend.
The second round of official visits brought some big names.
We’ll start with the Servite Trio. Quarterback commit Noah Fifita brought his two good friends and teammates with him to check out his future home. Four-star wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan and four-star tight end Keyan Burnett made the trek down to Tucson with their QB. Burnett is a legacy recruit and is currently committed to USC. As of now, I’d expect things to stay the same with him. As for McMillan, the visit went really well. Arizona has easily placed itself as one of the top options for the 67th ranked player nationally. He is currently on an official visit to Oregon and has already seen USC. When all is said and done, I believe it’ll be between Arizona and USC, and Arizona is in good position.
Another Arizona commit took an official visit to his future home, Chandler-Hamilton offensive lineman Grayson Stovall. He has been to campus before on his own and this time he was able to interact with his future coaches. Stovall also had his good friend with him, Aurora (CO) Cherokee Trail offensive lineman Travis Gray.
Gray is no stranger when it comes to Tucson and Arizona. He is easily one of UA’s biggest priorities on offensive and is no doubt their biggest priority along the o-line. He camped with Florida State on June 6 and is currently taking an official visit to Maryland this weekend. When all is said and done, I believe Gray will be Tucson-bound.
Arizona had three other offensive skill players on campus. High three-star Ontario (CA) Colony wide receiver A.J. Jones came away very impressed with Arizona and the staff. In fact, he came to Tucson and as a commit to UCLA, and shortly after, decommitted. He will be taking more visits but he is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
Moving on to three-star Tumwater (WA) tight end Austin Terry. This was a two-horse race between Nebraska and Arizona for a long time. He started off June with an official visit to Boise State and followed up by making the trip down to the desert. With that, he appeared to see all he needed to as he announced his commitment to the Broncos on Friday.
The last offensive skill player to make the trip was Dominique McKenzie, who also came with his twin brother Marcus. The duo from St. George (UT) Pine View took their first visit to Pittsburgh together before staying closer to home in Tucson. They came away very impressed with the visit and it’s safe to say Arizona made a very good impression. The McKenzie brothers are in Virginia this weekend and will finish up their visits with a final one in Eugene at the end of the month. After that, a decision could come before their season.
UA had some big time defenders on campus as well. Reno (NV) McQueen four-star linebacker, and star baseball player, Robby Snelling took his second official to Arizona after starting off June in Eugene, Oregon. While in Tucson, he not only took in the football side of things, but he also got a chance to take in a Super Regional baseball game with Jedd Fisch. From all indications, the visit went very well and it doesn’t hurt that Arizona is in the College World Series. He has another official at the end of the month to Washington State.
Another in-state player made the short trip south. Chandler defensive lineman Jacob Holmes took his second official visit to UA, the first being to West Virginia to start the month. The coaching staff made a great impression on Holmes and put Arizona near the top of his list. There isn’t a timeframe for Holmes to decide but, either way, the ‘Cats will be right there at the end.
Finally, we have three-star Frisco (TX) Lone Star defensive back Devin Turner. The big safety seemed to have a good visit with Arizona, however, he is a little quiet on his recruitment. He did take an unofficial to SMU and camped with them a few days after his official. Plus he is starting to see the attention role in, including offers from Colorado and Washington State.
This weekend’s official visits are already underway. See below for a list of confirmed visitors.
- 3-star defensive lineman Jermaine Wiggins Jr. (Arizona commit)
- 3-star wide receiver Shawn Miller
- 3-star cornerback Ade Willie
- 3-star safety Trevon Howard
- 3-star linebacker Tyler Martin
- 3-star tight end Tyler Powell
- 3-star tight end Jacob Newell
- 3-star linebacker Harrison Taggart
- 3-star wide receiver Cody Hagen
- 3-star offensive lineman Jonah Savaiinaea
- 3-star cornerback Dylahn McKinney
- JUCO cornerback Keionte Scott