Jalen “Boobie” Curry kisses his mother, Chaundra Brookins, after choosing Arizona on Wednesday. The 6-2 wide receiver had scholarship offers from dozens of major programs.

High school seniors throughout the country signed on the dotted line Wednesday, officially committing to their new colleges. For the Arizona Wildcats, Wednesday brought surprises — but mostly good ones.

A pair of four-star Texas recruits, cornerback Bobby Wolfe and wide receiver Jalen “Boobie” Curry, committed to the Wildcats before coach Kevin Sumlin’s afternoon news conference.

The 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pound Wolfe was originally committed to Texas A&M. He decommitted on Oct. 28, two days after he watched the Wildcats beat Oregon 44-15 in Tucson. Wolfe had offers from Ole Miss, Baylor and Arkansas when he chose Arizona.

Curry, who is listed at 6-2 and 197 pounds, had scholarship offers from dozens of major programs. He took official visits to Auburn, Penn State, Tennessee and the UA.

Sumlin called the duo of four-stars “two guys that are really good players and highly recruited.”

In the past, Arizona would lose players like Wolfe and Curry on signing day — sometimes to Pac-12 rivals.

Quarterback Braxton Burmeister (2017), offensive tackle Cody Shear (2017) and Pima College cornerback Haki Woods (2018) all spurned Arizona to play at Oregon. Shear flipped the morning of signing day.

Almost every player who had verbally committed to the UA signed a letter of intent on Wednesday, with the exception of Belgian defensive end Sylvain Yondjouen. Yondjouen decommitted from the UA in the morning, and soon after signed with Georgia Tech. Yondjouen had been Sumlin’s highest-ranked commit in the 2019 class — until Wolfe and Curry signed.

Wolfe said he chose Arizona in part because of Sumlin and the assistant coaches.

“Those are my guys. Them boys are about their energy and they have everything that I’m looking for,” he told the Star in November. “They keep it 100 and they want to see me play on that football field and that’s what I need. I need to play and they want me to play so that’s glory, we both win.”

That both players hail from football-mad Texas is a plus.

Wolfe said high school football in the Lone Star State is “more lit than college football; it’s more lit than the NFL I promise you, especially during playoff time. It’s amazing and it’s crazy,” Wolfe said. “We turn stadiums upside down out here in Texas, especially in high school football.

“And we have so many electrifying athletes in Texas, everybody can play ball.”

Wolfe, a cornerback, plays a position of need for Arizona. The Wildcats started walk-on Azizi Hearn and converted safety Troy Young at corner in their season finale against Arizona State.

Along with depth, Wolfe provides grit and confidence — and lots of it.

“I talk to quarterbacks any type of way I want to, because eventually I’m going to pick him off,” he said. “Throw it over here three times, I’m going to pick it off twice. … I don’t care if you have five stars or 50 stars, it really doesn’t matter because once you line up against me, it’s my plate versus your plate.”

It remains to be seen how he’ll fare at Arizona, but for a day that usually ends with the Wildcats losing one or two to another school, Wolfe was a huge reason why Sumlin walked around the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility upbeat and ready for 2019.


Sports producer

Justin Spears is an award-winning sports journalist and Tucson native. He can be reached at jspears@tucson.com. On Twitter @justinesports.