TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez announced the 2016 National Letter of Intent Class Wednesday at the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. The group of 22 players announced includes nine offensive players and 13 on the defensive side.
“I think we filled a lot of needs and wants with this class,” said Rodriguez. “I believe these are great additions and we are very excited to officially welcome them into our program.”
On Wednesday, the Wildcats received National Letters of Intent from 15 players. Offensively, linemen Michael Eletise and Bryson Cain were joined by running back J.J. Taylor and receivers Devaughn Cooper and Shawn Poindexter.
Arizona’s defensive deep received a boost with 10 total signees. Among them were linemen Josh Allen and Justin Holt, linebackers Jalen Cochran, Jacob Colacion and Francisco Nelson, and defensive backs Tristan Cooper, Chacho Ulloa, Gavin Robertson, Jarrius Wallace and Lorenzo Burns.
Counting against the total class scholarship count are four greyshirts who are already enrolled in classes and participating in official team functions as of January. Included are tight end Jamie Nunley, cornerback Antonio Parks and offensive linemen Harper Sherman and Keenan Walker.
Additionally, the Wildcats have welcomed three mid-year enrollees, including safety Isaiah Hayes, linebacker Kahi Neves and quarterback Khalil Tate. Each student-athlete completed high school course work in December and enrolled in January classes at UA.
Arizona is coming off four-consecutive bowl appearances for the first time in program history. Spring football practices will begin Feb. 12 and conclude March 25. An open practice for letterwinners and the general public will be held at Arizona Stadium a 6 p.m. on March 4.
Renewals for 2016 football season tickets and Wildcat Club donations are now available. The renewal deadline is May 1, but there are several perks for fans who renew by the end of February. Visit ArizonaWildcats.com/renewals for details. For fans wishing to purchase new season tickets for the first time, tickets are now available for as low as $99 by visiting ArizonaWildcats.com/tickets.
Arizona Football 2016 NLI List
|Name||Position||Height||Weight||Hometown (High School/Previous School)|
|JJ Allen||DE||6-4||250||Long Beach, Calif. (West Torrance HS/Long Beach CC)|
|Lorenzo Burns||CB||6-0||165||Temecula, Calif. (Linfield Christian HS)|
|Bryson Cain||OT||6-4||270||Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak HS)|
|Jalen Cochran||LB||6-4||225||Canton, Mich. (Canton HS)|
|Jacob Colacion||LB||6-1||210||La Habra, Calif. (La Habra HS)|
|Devaughn Cooper||WR||5-11||175||Harbor City, Calif. (Narbonne HS)|
|Tristan Cooper||S||6-1||180||El Paso, Texas (Andress HS)|
|Michael Eletise||OT||6-4||295||Honolulu, Hawaii (Kaiser HS)|
|Isaiah Hayes *||FS||6-0||165||Calabasas, Calif. (Calabasas HS)|
|Justin Holt||DT||6-4||285||Tucson, Ariz. (Salpointe Catholic HS)|
|Francisco Nelson||LB||6-3||215||Lakeland, Fla. (Kathleen HS)|
|Kahi Neves *||LB||6-4||240||Provo, Utah (Timpview HS)|
|Jamie Nunley *||TE||6-5||205||Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta HS)|
|Antonio Parks *||CB||5-10||177||Reserve, La. (East St. John HS)|
|Shawn Poindexter||WR||6-6||210||Peoria, Ariz. (Centennial HS/Glendale CC)|
|Gavin Robertson||S||6-2||200||Auburn, Wash. (Mountain View HS)|
|Harper Sherman *||OT||6-5||260||New Westminster, B.C. (New Westminster School)|
|Khalil Tate *||QB||6-2||206||Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra HS)|
|J.J. Taylor||RB||5-6||155||Corona, Calif. (Centennial HS)|
|Chacho Ulloa||S||6-0||190||Corona, Calif. (Centennial HS)|
|Keenan Walker *||OT||6-5||266||Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral HS)|
|Jarrius Wallace||S||6-2||180||Marrero, La. (John Ehret HS)|