Arizona has been keen on hyping up its large incoming class of newcomers — more than 40 players, though only 24 will be on scholarship.
With that, there's also been some roster turmoil with returning players. The Wildcats lost a couple players to medical retirement earlier this off-season, and now linebacker Kahi Neves and offensive lineman Harper Sherman are no longer with the Wildcats, either.
Earlier this offseason, defensive lineman Justin Holt, tight end Brion Anduze and defensive end Darrell Cloy all medically retired. Defensive end Jalen Cochran had announced an intent to transfer to Miami (Ohio) but recently changed his mind and is returning to play for the Wildcats. Junior college defensive lineman Dereck Boles had also committed to join the UA this season, but changed his mind and instead will play at South Florida.
The Wildcats also recently lost a commitment from 2018 defensive end Adam Plant, who re-opened his recruitment after committing to Arizona in April.
Neves was an early enrollee in Arizona's 2016 recruiting class, flipping his commitment to the Wildcats after initially committing to play at Utah. Neves — who played for six high school programs in four years — was removed from spring drills in March due to disciplinary reasons and at the time UA coach Rich Rodriguez had him doing community service around campus, including cleaning up the bleachers and dugout at Arizona's practice field.
Sherman, from New Westminster in British Columbia, was part of Arizona's 2015 recruiting class but grayshirted and joined the Wildcats in January 2016. With Sherman's departure, the Wildcats now only retain 14 members from its 23-person 2015 recruiting class. Two of them — junior college transfers Paul Magloire and Matt Morin — played out their eligibility while five either left the program on their own volition or were kicked off the team, two never actually enrolled and one, tight end Brion Anduze, retired due to medical reasons.