Arizona Wildcats football: On Wharton leaving, Allen arriving and some video interviews

2014-06-10T14:45:00Z 2014-06-10T15:35:55Z Arizona Wildcats football: On Wharton leaving, Allen arriving and some video interviewsDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Garic Wharton is on the move.

The Arizona Wildcats receiver has left the program with one season of eligibility remaining. The Las Vegas native had 17 catches for 291 yards and two touchdowns as a redshirt junior last season. 

Wharton graduated from the UA last month and is eligible to play right away if he decides to transfer to another university. 

Wharton was a member of Mike Stoops' 2010 recruiting class and was a two-star prospect coming out of high school. Wharton was going to have a tough time finding playing time this season with several receivers in front of him on the depth chart.

Cayleb Jones, Austin Hill, Trey Griffey, David Richards, DaVonte Neal, Samajie Grant, Nate Phillips and Cameron Denson are all expected to get playing time over Wharton.

For his career, Wharton had 36 catches for 555 yards and four touchdowns. His best game last season came against USC. Wharton had two catches for 73 yards and two scores. 


Wharton is out, but defensive end Jordan Allen is officially in.

Allen, a transfer from LSU, has arrived on campus for summer workouts. He'll likely be added to the UA's online roster next month with the rest of the incoming class. 

Allen announced his transfer to Arizona in April, and should compete for playing time on the defensive line right away. 


Class of 2015 defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie, who will announce on July 10 whether he'll attend Arizona or Tennessee, will transfer high schools for his senior season.

McKenzie is rated as a five-star prospect and is ranked as the 10th best recruit in the country by the Scout.com recruiting service and the top prospect in the west. 


Finally, if you didn't see them we did three videos last week with members of the Arizona Wildcats. Director of player personnel and on-campus recruiting Matt Dudek, receiver Austin Hill and safety Jared Tevis all joined us. 

Here are the links to the videos.

Dudek:

Hill:

Tevis:

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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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