Many of the last pieces of the Arizona Wildcats’ 2014 recruiting class need to be linemen.
Coach Rich Rodriguez has an enviable collection of offensive skill players (including Saturday night commit Kaelin Deboskie and red-hot quarterback Brandon Dawkins), as well as plenty of talent in the back eight on defense.
On Sunday morning, the Wildcats received a commitment from a big guy — Levi Walton from Ida Baker High in Cape Coral, Fla.
Walton (6-4, 280) is rated only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com (an he’s not rated at all yet, but Scout.com and 247Sports), but he’s clearly an OKG — Our Kinda Guy — to the Arizona coaching staff.
Rodriguez and crew still have deep ties to Florida recruiting through their days at West Virginia, and they saw something early they liked in Walton, being the first to offer him a scholarship this spring. He committed before returning home from his official visit.
His primary Arizona recruiter was defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich.
Other scholarship offers for Walton were from Indiana, Ball State, Buffalo, Florida International, Furman and Charleston Southern, according to Scout.com.
The Wildcats are one of two finalists, along with Washington, for Peoria Centennial offensive lineman Layth Friekh. And they have an offer out to Sabino offensive lineman Andrew Mike.
Arizona has 26 commitments, one beyond the annual limit of 25, but at least a few of the prospects will enroll for the spring semester and count backward toward the team’s 2013 total.
Committed to The University Of Arizona this morning on my official visit #BearDown
— Levi Walton (@LeviWalton55) October 20, 2013
— Brandon Dawkins (@TheRealBDawks) October 20, 2013
Arizona’s 2014 recruiting class
|Devon Brewer||S||6-0||175||Central East, Fresno, Calif.||2||3||3|
|Jamie Byrd||S||5-11||190||Iowa Western CC, Council Bluffs, Iowa||3||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|
|Jamardre Cobb||LB||6-2||225||Salesian High, Los Angeles||4||4||4|
|Jerod Cody||DE||6-3||265||Glendale (Ariz.) Community College||3||2||2|
|Brandon Dawkins||QB||6-3||205||Oaks Christian, Westlake Village, Calif.||3||3||3|
|Kaelin Deboskie||WR||5-9||165||Salpointe Catholic, Tucson||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||3|
|Patrick Glover||CB||6-1||181||Scottsdale C.C.||2||3||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||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||2||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||2||2||3|
|Antonio Smothers||LB||6-2||230||Scottsdale C.C.||3||3||3|
|Levi Walton||OL||6-4||280||Baker High, Cape Coral, Fla.||NR||2||NR|
|Marquis Ware||LB||6-2||210||Salesian High, Los Angeles||4||4||4|
|Jace Whittaker||DB||5-9||150||Oceanside (Calif.) High||2||3||2|
|Sharif Williams||DT||6-2||300||Central East, Fresno, Calif.||3||3||3|
|Nick Wilson||RB||6-0||191||Central East, Fresno, Calif.||4||4||4|
|Trevor Wood||TE||6-6||238||Chaparral High, Scottsdale||3||3||3|
|Jeff Worthy||DT||6-3||285||Santa Ana (Calif.) College||3||3||3|