Arizona lands JC safety

2013-08-03T00:00:00Z 2013-08-03T10:38:02Z Arizona lands JC safetyDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats' busy recruiting week continued Friday.

The UA landed their eighth commitment since last Saturday when Iowa Western Community College safety Jamie Byrd pledged to the Wildcats. Byrd spent the first two years of his college career at TCU.

Byrd is the fifth junior college player to commit to the UA for 201,4 and 22nd commitment overall. The safety is expected to graduate in December and then have two seasons of eligibility remaining at the UA.

"Arizona was one of the first places I was talking about going once I left TCU," Byrd said. "We made it happen. It was something I really couldn't turn down."

He was a standout at Pasco High School in Dade City, Fla., and committed to TCU. Byrd redshirted in 2011 and then played in 12 games last season for the Horned Frogs - mostly on special teams.

Following the season, Byrd decided to transfer to Iowa Western, where he will play this upcoming year. Byrd said he transferred because he "didn't have a future there after they changed position coaches."

Byrd chose the Wildcats over offers from Illinois, Middle Tennessee and Georgia State. He's rated as a two-star recruit by the Scout.com recruiting service and a three-star by Rivals.com.

"I'm so excited, I want to be there already," Byrd said.

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Pac-12 South football standings

Team W L T PCT
Arizona 5 1 0 0.833
Utah 5 1 0 0.833
USC 5 2 0 0.714
ASU 5 1 0 0.833
UCLA 5 2 0 0.714
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429

Pac-12 North football standings

Team W L T PCT
Oregon 6 1 0 0.857
Oregon State 4 2 0 0.667
Stanford 4 3 0 0.571
Washington 5 2 0 0.714
Cal 4 3 0 0.571
Washington State 2 5 0 0.286
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