Arizona Wildcats football: Offensive tackle marks third commitment in three days for UA

2013-10-21T10:00:00Z 2013-10-21T12:42:20Z Arizona Wildcats football: Offensive tackle marks third commitment in three days for UADaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 21, 2013 10:00 am  • 

It feels like late July all over again.

The Arizona Wildcats landed their third commitment in three days this morning when Peoria Centennial offensive tackle Layth Friekh pledged to the UA.

His commitment comes one day after two-star tackle Levi Walton of Cape Coral, Fla., pledged to the UA and two days after Salpointe Catholic wide receiver Kaelin Deboskie committed to Arizona.

Friekh, rated as a three-star prospect by Scout and Rivals and a four-star by, chose Arizona over offers from Washington, Oregon, Nebraska and others. 

The tackle is rated as the 14th best prospect in the state by Rivals. The UA now has commitments from five of the top 19 players on that list. Friekh joins Salpointe receiver Cameron Denson, Scottsdale Chaparral tight end Trevor Wood, Chandler safety J.R. Hunt and Deboskie as UA commits. 

Friekh officially visited Arizona on Saturday and saw the Wildcats pull off a 35-24 win.

Minutes after that game, Deboskie gave a verbal commitment to the Wildcats. Walton committed Sunday morning while at breakfast with the staff. 

From July 23 to August 3, Arizona received 10 verbal commitments. The Wildcats then earned two more on Aug. 21 when California linebackers Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware committed. It's been quiet since, but Deboskie changed that on Saturday and it's kept rolling from there.

Friekh and Walton are the first two offensive tackles to commit to UA for 2014. Friekh is rated as the 46th best OT in the country by Scout.

Overall, Arizona now has 27 commitments for the 2014 class.

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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 or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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