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Arizona football notes: Wildcats hunting for four-star defensive tackle

Rich Rodriguez should be smiling on Signing Day. Photo by Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Rich Rodriguez should be smiling on Signing Day. Photo by Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

All seems quiet on the Arizona Wildcats recruiting front.

Signing Day is next Wednesday, Feb. 5, and there shouldn’t be a whole lot of UA news until the letters-of-intent start pouring out of the fax machine that morning.

Arizona has just about wrapped up its class but is still in hot pursuit of four-star defensive tackle Marcus Griffin from Bellevue, Wash. He took an official visit to the UA campus last weekend, and head coach Rich Rodriguez met with him and his family Monday night, according to various reports.

Griffin tweeted that he was down to four choices, in no order: Arizona, Cal, Mississippi State and Washington State. He is set to take a visit to Mississippi State this weekend and then make a decision.

Arizona, whose class was ranked 28th nationally by 247Sports as of Monday night, is looking for more size on its three-man line. Griffin (6-3, 300) has that.

“They want me at defensive end,” Griffin told Brad Allis of WildcatSportsReport.com, one of our TucsonCitizen.com partners. “Said I’m a need for them and that I can contribute right away.”

The Wildcats won’t be adding 300-pound defensive lineman Sharif Williams from Fresno, Calif., in this recruiting class. WildcatAuthority.com was the first to report that Williams, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game of his senior season, will delay his enrollment at Arizona until the 2015 spring semester.

Makes sense, since he was unlikely to play right away anyway. By greyshirting, his five-year eligibility clock won’t start until the 2015 season.

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Running back Jonathan Haden from Friendship Collegiate Academy, Washington D.C., enrolled at Arizona earlier this month.

Even though his high school teammate, five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor, de-committed from Arizona to Florida one week after saying yes to the Wildcats, it’s clear that Haden is all in with UA.

He tweeted the following picture last week, showing off a certain message on the inside of his biceps:

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Former Arizona quarterback Nick Foles was selected the offensive MVP of the Pro Bowl on Sunday. Foles played the fourth quarter for Team Sanders, completing 7 of 10 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.

That capped a remarkable sophomore NFL season for Foles, who began as the Philadelphia Eagles backup to Michael Vick and ended as being the franchise’s starting quarterback for the next “1,000 years,” according to coach Chip Kelly.

Foles threw for 27 touchdowns, with only two interceptions, the best ratio in NFL history. His passer rating of 119.2 was the third-best in NFL history.

So much for not being a fit for Kelly’s offense.

Foles, who was the first alternate at quarterback for the Pro Bowl, made the roster because Denver’s Peyton Manning is busy preparing for the Super Bowl.

This isn’t a surprise, given Arizona’s poor quarterback history, but Foles is the first former UA quarterback to be selected to the Pro Bowl.

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Here is Arizona’s recruiting class, with final ratings from the recruiting services:

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
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 3
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
Layth Friekh OL 6-5 250 Centennial High, Peoria 4 3 3
Patrick Glover* CB 6-2 212 Scottsdale C.C. 3 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 3 3
Jordan Poland OT 6-8 335 La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day 3 4 3
Josh Pollack P/K 5-11 165 Highland Park (Ill.) High 2 2 3
Jerrard Randall* QB 6-1 190 Northeast Mississippi C.C. 2 NR 3
Antonio Smothers* LB 6-2 230 Scottsdale C.C. 3 3 3
Levi Walton OL 6-4 280 Baker High, Cape Coral, Fla. 3 2 2
Marquis Ware LB 6-2 210 Salesian High, Los Angeles 4 4 4
Jace Whittaker DB 5-9 150 Oceanside (Calif.) High 2 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

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