Arizona Wildcats football: Cats nab a pair of 3-star tight ends

2013-07-27T16:30:00Z 2013-07-27T19:32:15Z Arizona Wildcats football: Cats nab a pair of 3-star tight endsDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 27, 2013 4:30 pm  • 

The Arizona Wildcats are on the board.

With more than 30 recruits on campus today, the UA was hoping to get several commits. The first two are in and they're both athletic tight ends that will add to the Wildcats' passing game.

Scottsdale Chaparral's Trevor Wood, rated as three-star recruit by the Scout.com recruiting service, has pledged to the UA.

“It’s official! I am an Arizona Wildcat!! You gotta follow the people you love and the people who love you! #carryonthetradition!!! #beardown,” Wood tweeted.

A couple of hours after Wood committed, La Habra (Calif.) product Darrell Cloy also joined the UA's 2014 recruiting class.

Arizona beat out some national powers to land Wood. He narrowed his list of schools this week to Arizona, Oregon, UCLA and defending national champion Alabama.

Wood, though, has some serious ties to the UA.

His older brother, Carter, is a sophomore offensive lineman for the Wildcats. The elder Wood began his career at Colorado Mesa and then transferred to the UA last season. He sat out the year as he recovered from an injury.

Trevor and Carter's dad, Dave, also played at the UA as a defensive tackle from 1981-84 and spent two seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. Their uncle, Brent Wood, was also a Wildcat, and played linebacker from 1983-86.

Those aren't the only connections.

Wood’s former high school coach, Charlie Ragle, is the tight ends coach for the UA and will now be his position coach.

"I couldn't see myself going anywhere else after some visits," Wood said in a text message. "I'm going to carry on the tradition in the family and play with my brother!!!! The coaches and facilities are amazing."

Wood (6-6, 238) is rated as the 23rd best tight end in the country by Scout. There’s a chance he would be ranked even higher, but he missed last season with a knee injury and has gained more attention as he’s gotten healthier.

Cloy (6-3, 220) is also rated as a three-star prospect by Scout and is ranked as the 26th best tight end in the nation. He also had offers from Colorado and Colorado State.

Cloy has been high on the UA for several months and had hinted that he wanted to commit. Saturday night, while he was on campus, he made it official.

"Officially an Arizona Wildcat. #beardown," Cloy tweeted.

The two tight ends give the UA 15 commitments for the 2014 class. They are the first two tight ends to pledge to the UA.

There are likely still more commits to come. Check StarNet throughout the night for recruiting updates.

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About this blog

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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