Arizona is quickly filling up their 2010 recruiting class. The Wildcats added their second defensive back in the past few days and have dipped back into the JC ranks to do so.
San Mateo college safety Eddie Elder decided to become a Wildcat.
“I committed last night and I am going to sign the paperwork tomorrow,” Elder said. He has three years to play two and can enroll in January and will be able to participate in spring ball.
Elder originally signed with Oregon out of Sacramento’s Burbank High School, but had to go to San Mateo due to grade issues.
The 6-0, 190 pounder chose the Wildcats over ASU, Utah, Tulsa and New Mexico State. Elder had seven interceptions during 2009 at San Mateo, two of them for touchdowns.
Elder was recruited by Arizona assistant Jeff Hammerschmidt and dealt with Mark Stoops until he accepted a position at Florida State. He has already spoken with Mark Stoops’ replacement and has no worries.
“Coach (Greg) Brown said he was excited to coach me,” admitted Elder. “It doesn’t bother me at all that coach mark left and coach Brown is coming in, I like him and I know have faith in him and coach (Mike) Stoops and I can’t wait to get there.”
Elder is the 19th known commitment and one of six junior college players to commit to the Wildcats.
He is the only true defensive back in the class, but it is believed that athletes Jourdon Grandon, J.J.Whitaker and Josh Robbins will all begin their careers as defensive backs.