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Linebacker from Texas de-commits from Arizona

The Arizona Wildcats football team has now lost two committed recruits, both from the state of Texas, in the wake of last month’s firing of coach Mike Stoops.

The latest is linebacker A.J. Hilliard from Klein (Texas) High School, who told Rivals.com and 247Sports.com he is opening up his recruitment.

“I’m looking at Baylor, West Virginia, Boise State and TCU the hardest,” Hilliard told Rivals.com.

He has offers from each of those schools except TCU, but he said he has been told to expect one when he visits the school in a few weeks.

“After TCU offers me I’m not sure how long I’m going to stay on the market,” he told Rivals.com.

Rivals.com ranks Hilliard as the 19th-best inside linebacker in the nation.

Days after Stoops’ firing on Oct. 10, defensive back Leo Thomas from Sam Houston High in San Antonio de-committed from the Wildcats. He told 247sports.com he is still in contact with Arizona but also has offers from Colorado, Colorado State, North Texas and SMU, as well as some initial interest from Texas.

Arizona has 16 players committed to sign in February, but many of those are exploring their options and waiting to see who athletic director Greg Byrne hires.

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