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Four Salpointe Catholic Lancers land college offers on same day

Four Salpointe Catholic Lancers land college offers on same day

Monday was a positive day on the recruiting trail for four Salpointe Catholic standouts: Jonah Miller, Bijan Robinson, Lathan Ransom and Mario Padilla.   

Miller, a sophomore offensive tackle, landed his first Division-I offer from Arizona State. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Miller is in his first year starting on Salpointe's offensive line and was Matteo Mele's backup, who is now at Washington. 

Prior to the 2018 season, Miller checked in at No. 10 on the Star's top 22 players in Southern Arizona countdown.

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The other Lancer, four-star running back Robinson, received an offer from UCLA after taking an unofficial visit over the weekend. UCLA becomes Robinson's 13th offer and joins USC, Arizona, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Alabama, Washington, LSU and Michigan among others. The junior back is listed as the third-best running back for the class of 2020. He currently has 1,435 yards on 113 carries this season.

Robinson's classmate, Ransom, picked up an offer from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Ransom also has offers from Stanford, Georgia, USC, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Arizona and Cal among others. The 6-foot-2, 183-pound Ransom has been Salpointe's triple-threat all season as a defensive back, wide receiver and kick returner.

Salpointe head coach Dennis Bene said "it would be hard to press an all-around better football player in Southern Arizona" than Padilla, and the all-around running back landed an offer from Ottawa University-Arizona, an NAIA school in Phoenix. The 5-foot-8 senior also has offers from Howard and Southwest Minnesota State. 

So far this season, Padilla has 453 rushing yards and 204 receiving in seven games. Padilla was No. 6 on the Star's top 22 countdown. Bene was ecstatic for four of his players to land college offers. 

The Lancers are the lone undefeated team (9-0) in Southern Arizona and will play their 700th game in program history and final contest of the season this Friday at Casa Grande Vista Grande. 

Contact sports content producer Justin Spears at 573-4312 or 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.

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