Arizona Wildcats football: UA adds another recruit for this season, one more for '14

2013-06-24T15:00:00Z 2013-06-24T22:08:50Z Arizona Wildcats football: UA adds another recruit for this season, one more for '14Daniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 24, 2013 3:00 pm  • 

The Arizona Wildcats have added one more piece to their 2013 recruiting class. 

Jarvis McCall, a defensive back from Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., pledged to the Wildcats today and should be able to play this season.

He wasn't the only one who committed to the UA today. Jace Whittaker, a 2014 cornerback, also ended his recruitment and joined the '14 class.

McCall, who will provide help sooner than Whittaker, graduated high school in 2012 and signed with South Florida. However, he was ruled academically ineligible and never joined the Bulls. 

He sat out the past season and was recently ruled eligible for the 2013 season after he retook the SAT. Rather than attend USF as he planned, McCall committed to the UA.

He's expected to report to Tucson early next month with the final batch of incoming freshmen and will join in on summer school and workouts. McCall was ranked as a three-star recruit by the Scout.com recruiting service coming out of high school. He chose South Florida over offers from Florida International, Indiana and Central Florida. 

The Wildcats were thought to have reached their scholarship limit for 2013. However, the addition of McCall less than two months before fall practice indicates the UA has an incoming recruit or two who may not qualify and had a scholarship available to offer McCall.

McCall had four interceptions as a senior at Armwood and will likely play safety for the Wildcats.

Whittaker, listed as an athlete by most recruiting sites, should play cornerback for the Wildcats. He is the younger brother of J.J. Whittaker, a defensive back at San Diego State, who pledged to the UA as part of the 2010 recruiting class before decommitting and eventually playing for the Aztecs. 

The younger Whittaker told the Scout.com recruiting service that he was also looking at Boise State, San Diego State and Yale. 

He's the fourth defensive recruit (all in the secondary) to commit to the UA for 2014. To watch a YouTube highlight film of Whittaker, click the included video link.

 

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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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