The 2018 Arizona Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Arizona Recruiting Class Overview
There are coaching changes, and then there’s what Arizona is going through.
Kevin Sumlin is one of the best in the game when it comes to bringing in the talent, but he was thrown into the mix way too late to work his magic with this class. Even so, it’s hardly a disaster.
There might not be the superstar talents he’s used to getting, but it’s a class full of options to play around with.
The lines have options to add to the depth right away. 6-5, 315-pound JUCO transfer PJ Johnson out of the City College of San Francisco might not be a starter, but he’s a body who can gum up the work. Adding good-sized pass rusher Adam Plant out of Las Vegas for the outside gives Sumlin a little versatility.
Steven Bailey is a local get out of Glendale for the interior of the offensive line. The JUCO transfer guard will be a backup right away.
The secondary is going national, with two good prospects from California, Christian Young a strong corner get out of Texas, and with a commitment from Armani Adams from St. Petersburg. However …
The Arizona Class Is Heavy On …
Throw in 6-5, 220-pound pass-catching tight end Jake Peters, and the cupboard isn’t going to be bare over the next few years.
Jaden Mitchell out of Las Vegas is a slot guy, but the best of the rest of the big class of targets are big bodies for the outside. Tre Adams is a very smart 6-3, 190-pounder out of Dallas, and 6-4, Thomas Marcus out of San Diego was a strong signing, too.
The Star of the Arizona Class Is …
DE Adam Plant, 6-6, 260
QB Jamarye Joiner has the size and the dual-threat talent to make a push for the job once Khalil Tate is done, and there are other good prospects in the class, but Plant is the one the defense needed.
The end out of Las Vegas and its terrific Bishop Gorman program is big enough to hold up against the run, and with the drive to keep pressure on the passer. Penn State, USC and Oregon were in the mix, but after decommitting from the Cats, Plant is back on board.
The Arizona Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
For a team loaded with experience on both sides of the ball, Arizona has to work on the O line to make it all go.
It’s hardly a dire situation, but it’s a young one after losing both starting tackles and guard Jacob Alsadek.
The coaching staff will have to work with a bunch of underclassmen this offseason to figure out the right combination for the front five, and there’s hope from the recruiting class to at least push for a few of the backup jobs.