Arizona Wildcats football: Junior college LB picks Cats over K-State and Miami

2013-08-01T12:07:00Z 2013-08-01T14:34:16Z Arizona Wildcats football: Junior college LB picks Cats over K-State and MiamiDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 01, 2013 12:07 pm  • 

After a couple of days off, the Arizona Wildcats have picked up another commitment for the 2014 class.

Antonio Smothers, a linebacker from Scottsdale Community College, pledged to the UA this afternoon. His three finalists were Arizona, Kansas State and Miami (Fla.). 

Smothers is rated as a three-star recruit by the recruiting service and as a four-star by He brings plus-size (6-2, 220) to a position where Arizona will lose two starters after this season.

The linebacker was one of 30 or so recruits on campus last weekend for the opening of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility and is now the sixth player who was in attendance to commit to Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats.

Smothers is already the fourth junior college commit for 2014 after the UA signed just two (Jesse Scroggins and Steven Gurrola) for 2013.

Overall, Smothers is the 21st commitment for 2014 and the first linebacker to pledge. 

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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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