Arizona Wildcats add pair of linebackers, continue recruiting haul

2012-06-18T18:46:00Z 2012-06-20T10:26:51Z Arizona Wildcats add pair of linebackers, continue recruiting haulBy Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats ventured near and relatively far to add two linebackers to their 2013 recruiting class.

Buckeye’s DeAndre Miller and Santa Rosa, Calif., product Philip Wright both verbally committed to the UA tonight. The additions give Arizona five new recruits in the last week, and seven since June 8.

The Scout.com recruiting service lists the 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound Miller as a three-star recruit and the nation’s 42nd-best inside linebacker. He chose the UA over offers from 13 other schools, including Arizona State, Boise State and Minnesota. The 6-foot-1-inch, 225-pound Wright has yet to be rated by the recruiting services. Arizona was his first offer.

The additions should help the Wildcats recover from two recent losses.

University of Akron transfer Brian Wagner and veteran David Lopez both left the team last week, coach Rich Rodriguez confirmed to the Star. The departures left the Wildcats with 10 linebackers heading into fall camp. Just five of them — Jake Fischer, Dakota Conwell, Rob Hankins, Hank Hobson and C.J. Dozier — are on scholarship. Only Fischer, Hankins and Hobson have started as collegians.

The 6-foot, 230-pound Wagner led Akron in tackles in each of the last three seasons, and his 13.4 tackles-per-game in 2011 ranked third among all Division I-A college players. Wagner was set to enter the 2012 season as the nation's active leader in tackles.

The Wildcats now have 13 players verbally committed for 2013. They can sign national letters of intent starting in February.

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