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Arizona wraps up big recruiting night with commitment from Chandler’s J.R. Hunt

J.R. Hunt looks to make a tackle for Chandler High. Photo by Paul Mason, azcentral sports

J.R. Hunt looks to make a tackle for Chandler High. Photo by Paul Mason, azcentral sports

J.R. Hunt, a safety from Chandler High School, has held scholarship offers from Arizona and Arizona State for more than a year.

On Saturday night, he chose the Wildcats.

Hunt, a three-star recruit, committed to UA during its red-carpet recruiting event to celebrate the opening of the $74 million Lowell-Stevens Football Facility as the program hosted about 35 prospects on official or unofficial visits.

Hunt was the fourth player to commit to Arizona on Saturday night, and the 18th overall in the class.

He had been receiving recruiting interest from Oregon, Michigan, USC and UCLA, although none of those schools had yet to put forth a scholarship offer.

The Arizona Republic wrote of Hunt this offseason: “Great upside with his ability to quickly close gaps. Started picking up strong interest from major colleges before his junior season.”

In 2012, the Republic wrote: “He is long, rangy and fast. Closes quickly and loves to hit.”

With Hunt and Devon Brewer from Fresno, Calif., Arizona has two of the West’s top 10 safeties, according to Scout.com.

Each player in Arizona’s recruiting haul on Saturday is rated as a three-star recruit, but the headliner is Scottsdale Chaparral tight end Trevor Wood, whose dad was an All-Pac-10 defensive tackle for the Wildcats and who had an impressive string of scholarship offers, including Alabama.

Also committing were tight end Darrell Cloy and defensive back Kwesi Mashack.

Arizona has received commitment from five in-state players — three from high school and two from junior college. The Wildcats are in hot pursuit of many others, including Sabino offensive lineman Andrew Mike, Salpointe Catholic receiver Kaelin Deboskie, Peoria Centennial’s offensive lineman Layth Freikh, and offensive lineman Natrell Curtis and receiver Jalen Brown, both from Phoenix Mountain Pointe.

Here is Arizona’s 2014 recruiting class, with ratings:

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School 247 Rivals Scout
Devon Brewer S 6-0 175 Central East, Fresno, Calif. 2 3 3
Rodney Carr DB 6-0 185 Salesian High, Los Angeles 4 3 3
Darrell Cloy TE 6-3 220 La Habra (Calif.) High 3 3 3
Jerod Cody DE 6-3 265 Glendale (Ariz.) Community College 3 NR 2
Brandon Dawkins QB 6-3 205 Oaks Christian, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 3 3 3
Cameron Denson WR 6-1 170 Salpointe Catholic, Tucson 4 4 4
Tony Ellison WR 5-11 170 Granite Bay (Calif.) High 3 2 2
Patrick Glover CB 6-1 181 Scottsdale C.C. NR NR 2
Jonathan Haden RB 5-8 189 Friendship Collegiate Academy, Washington D.C. 3 3 3
Naijiel Hale CB 5-11 170 St. John Bosco High, Bellflower, Calif. 4 3 4
J.R. Hunt S 6-3 190 Chandler High 3   3
Kaige Lawrence OL 6-4 290 Chaffey C.C., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 3 3 2
Kwesi Mashack CB 5-10 190 Murrieta High, Vista, Calif. 3 NR 3
Jordan Morgan WR 6-2 200 Southridge High, Beaverton, Ore. 3 2 3
Josh Pollack P/K 5-11 165 Highland Park (Ill.) High NR 2 3
Jace Whittaker DB 5-9 150 Oceanside (Calif.) High 2 3 2
Nick Wilson RB 6-0 191 Central East, Fresno, Calif. 4 4 4
Trevor Wood TE 6-5 235 Chaparral High, Scottsdale 3 3 3
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