Arizona Wildcats football: Busy Cats land commitment from 3-star defensive tackle

2013-07-28T10:45:00Z 2013-07-28T13:53:25Z Arizona Wildcats football: Busy Cats land commitment from 3-star defensive tackleDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 28, 2013 10:45 am  • 

Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats are back at it again.

After landing four commitments yesterday, the UA added another one this morning in three-star defensive tackle Sharif Williams from Fresno, Calif.

Williams, who unofficially visited the UA this weekend for the opening of the Lowell Stevens Football Facility, informed Rodriguez this morning at breakfast that he wanted to verbally commit and the Wildcats coach gladly accepted. 

"He said they've been wanting to get me since the beginning," Williams said. "I talked to my mom about it and she said it was up to me, so I decided to pull the trigger. Coach Rodriguez was happy to get me."

Williams said he chose the Wildcats over Cal.

In Williams, Arizona lands its first defensive tackle of the 2014 recruiting class and second defensive lineman. The tackle, listed at 6-3, 320, brings some much needed size to the Wildcats' front line. He's ranked as the 47th best defensive tackle in the country by the recruiting service.

Williams is a product of Central High School in Fresno, which has turned out to be a nice pipeline for the UA this recruiting class. A pair of his high school teammates, four-star running back Nick Wilson and three-star safety Devon Brewer, have already pledged to the UA.

"It was a big factor knowing I can be with my friends for four more years," Williams said. "They're two of my best friends and it feels great knowing that I get to keep playing with them."

Williams is the 19th commitment for 2014 for the Wildcats. That's by far the most of any Pac-12 school.

The UA likely isn't done today or this week. Continue to check StarNet for updates.

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

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