The Arizona Wildcats addressed a glaring need Sunday by landing one of the nation’s most coveted transfers.

University of Akron linebacker Brian Wagner, the third-leading tackler in Div. I-A last fall and top returning tackler heading into the 2012 season, will enroll at Arizona this week. And, in what is certainly a plus for new coach Rich Rodriguez  and the Wildcats’ yet-to-be-hired defensive coordinator, Wagner will be eligible to play immediately.

Wagner received his bachelor’s degree from Akron last month. NCAA rules permit players who are pursuing graduate programs not offered at their former schools to play right away. A handful of high-profile college players, including quarterbacks Jeremiah Masoli and Russell Wilson, cited the rule when transferring in recent years.

Wagner, 22, will pursue a graduate degree in biostatistics at the UA.

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