The Arizona Wildcats nabbed a commitment from a three-star recruit for the second straight day Tuesday.
Safety Anthony Mariscal of Liberty High School in Bakersfield, California, pledged to the UA on Tuesday afternoon. His commitment came about 24 hours after running back Orlando Bradford got on board with the Wildcats.
Mariscal unofficially visited the UA on Tuesday with his parents and committed while in town. Mariscal spent the day touring Lowell-Stevens Football Facility and the UA’s campus. At the end of the day, while sitting in coach Rich Rodriguez’s office, he informed the headman he wanted to commit to the UA.
“He stood up, and then I did, and then he gave me a big ol’ bear hug,” Mariscal said. “He said, ‘You are the safety I’m looking for.’ ”
The safety said Arizona “has always been a dream school.” Mariscal came to Tucson last summer for a camp and said he could picture himself at the UA then.
The Wildcats finally made Mariscal an offer a couple of weeks ago, which was his first Pac-12 offer.
The defensive back also held offers from Nevada, Wyoming and a handful of FCS programs. Mariscal also said Fresno State, Utah and Oregon were expressing interest lately.
Mariscal is listed at 6 feet and 192 pounds. He’s listed as an “athlete” by some recruiting websites but will be brought to Arizona to play safety.
Mariscal had 29 tackles last season as a junior along with three pass breakups. He was also a menace on offense, rushing for 1,089 yards and 11 touchdowns on 147 carries.
“Running back is fun; it’s cool scoring touchdowns,” Mariscal said. “But I love defense. That’s where my future is. I love hitting and the communication that goes on. I knew my decision was going to be based around playing defense.”
The California product is the second safety of the 2015 class, joining junior college product Paul Magloire. Mariscal is just the fourth defensive commitment for the UA in 2015 versus eight offensive pledges.
Five of Arizona’s 12 commitments from 2015 have come from California.