Arizona Wildcats football: California high school safety commits to UA

2014-06-17T14:59:00Z 2014-06-17T15:21:05Z Arizona Wildcats football: California high school safety commits to UADaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats have nabbed a commitment from a three-star recruit for the second straight day.

Safety Anthony Mariscal of Liberty High School in Bakersfield, Calif., pledged to the UA this afternoon. His commitment came about 24 hours after running back Orlando Bradford got on board with the Wildcats.

Mariscal unofficially visited the UA today and committed while in town. The Wildcats offered him a couple of weeks ago. Arizona was Mariscal’s first Pac-12 offer.

The defensive back also held offers from Nevada, Wyoming and others. Mariscal recently told the Scout.com recruiting service that Fresno State, Utah and Oregon were also expressing heavy interest.

Mariscal is listed at six-feet and 192 pounds. He’s listed as an “athlete” by some recruiting websites, but will be brought to Arizona to play safety.

The California product is the second safety of the 2015 class, joining junior college product Paul Magloire. Mariscal is just the fourth defensive commitment for the UA in 2015 versus eight offensive pledges. But three of the last six commitments have been from defensive players.

Mariscal had 29 tackles last season as a junior along with three pass breakups. He was also a menace on offense, rushing for 1,089 yards and 11 touchdowns on 147 carries.

Five of Arizona’s 12 commitments from 2015 have now come from California.

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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.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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