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Three-star defensive end Sylvain Yondjouen verbally committed to Arizona during the first quarter of Saturday's Territorial Cup game. The Belgian edge rusher announced via Twitter that he would join the team's 2019 recruiting class. He chose the Wildcats over offers from Cincinnati, Colorado and UMass. 

The 6-foot-4-inch, 232-pound lineman is the No. 24 defensive end for the class of 2019, per 247sports.com, and becomes Arizona's 15th commit for the upcoming class. The Star spoke to Yondjouen in October about his visit to UA before the USC game and his familiarity with Arizona.

“I actually sent my films to someone my mom knows. She spent a year in Farmington, New Mexico, and her host family lives now in Tucson," Yondjouen said. "Their son is a friend of the golf coach (Jim Anderson) of the university and he talked to the golf coach who sent them to the recruiting team of UA." 

Yondjouen is the second edge rusher for Arizona's 2019 class, joining Fresno outside linebacker Kwabena Watson. 

“My natural position is defensive end, but I’ll probably play as an outside linebacker or as a defensive end at Arizona,” Yondjouen said. 

What will the Wildcats get out of a player like Yondjouen? 

“They’ll get the best of me," he said. "No, but seriously, I am a team player. It is very important for me to feel myself in a family with my teammates and my coaches. If I feel like that, I’ll be a leader, a motivator and also a killer on the field. I don’t want to look arrogant but I really love to win."

Contact sports content producer Justin Spears at 573-4312 or jspears@tucson.com. On Twitter @justinesports

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Justin writes stories and produces digital content about UA football and basketball and high school football. A Tucson native, Justin graduated from the UA in 2017 and is the host of the Wildcast Podcast and a radio host on ESPN Tucson.