Arizona’s biggest priority as the 2017-18 recruiting cycle winds down is to land more big men.
The Wildcats took another step toward fulfilling that goal this weekend.
The UA secured a verbal commitment from Glendale Community College offensive lineman Steven Bailey on Saturday night.
Bailey, who played at Peoria Centennial, is listed at 6-3, 290 pounds. He told 247Sports that his ability to play both guard and center appealed to the Arizona coaching staff. 247Sports also reports that Bailey will sign this month and join the Wildcats as an early enrollee.
I’m so blessed to be able to say that I am committed to the University of Arizona!!!! Excited to see what God has in store for me. #Beardown— Steven Bailey🗽 (@StevenBailey70) December 3, 2017
As things currently stand, Arizona will lose four of its five starting offensive linemen. It's possible that left tackle Layth Friekh will get a fifth year.
Bailey is the third offensive lineman to join Arizona’s 2018 class. On the other side of the ball, the Wildcats recently have added two defensive ends. They still have only one true interior defensive lineman: Mykee Irving of Calabasas, California.
The new early signing period is Dec. 20-22. Schools can continue to recruit unsigned players afterward in advance of the traditional National Signing Day on Feb. 7, 2018.
ARIZONA 2018 COMMITS (20)
- Armani Adams, S, St. Petersburg, Fla. (Lakewood)
- Tre Adams, WR, Frisco, Texas (Wakeland)
- Jailen Bailey, WR, San Diego (Lincoln)
- Steven Bailey, OG-C, Glendale C.C.
- McKenzie Barnes, CB, Fresno, Calif. (Edison)
- Jaiden Dockery, S, Lancaster, Texas
- Jhevon Hill, S/ATH, San Bernardino, Calif. (Cajon)
- Martell Irby, RB, San Diego (Morse)
- Mykee Irving, DT, Calabasas, Calif.
- Issaiah Johnson, LB, Los Alamitos, Calif.
- Jamarye Joiner, QB/ATH, Vail (Cienega)
- Donovan Laie, OT, Oceanside, Calif.
- Thomas Marcus, WR/ATH, San Diego (Horizon)
- Jake Peters, TE, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (Santa Margarita)
- Adam Plant, DE, Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman)
- Nahe Sulunga, DE, Calabasas, Calif.
- Darrius Smith, RB, Pearland, Texas (Glenda Dawson)
- David Watson, OT, Tucson (Amphitheater)
- Zach Williams, ATH, Johns Creek, Ga.
- Christian Young, S, Richmond, Texas (Foster)