Arizona adds ESPN 300 teammates
August, 22, 2013
By Erik McKinney | ESPN.com
The Arizona Wildcats received some big news Wednesday night, as ESPN 300 teammates Marquis Ware and Jamardre Cobb (Los Angeles/Salesian) announced their commitments.
The announcement came in the form of a text message to media members from Salesian assistant coach D'Vah Thomas.
Ware, the No. 120 prospect in the country and No. 9 recruit in California, is listed as an athlete but will likely play linebacker at the next level. Cobb, the nation's No. 185 recruit and No. 13 outside linebacker, is the No. 2 outside linebacker in California and one of the state's most physical players.
Both held offers from a number of national powers, including Boise State, Florida State, Miami (Fla), Ohio State and Wisconsin. Ware also held offers from Texas A&M, UCLA and Vanderbilt.
Arizona built its lead for both players over the summer, as it hosted them on an unofficial visit that blew them away. Though the new football facilities weren't completed when they were on campus, both spoke glowingly about their time in Tucson and they seemed ready to make a commitment for several weeks.
The commitments are big ones for the Wildcats, who now own verbal from three Salesian players, as athlete Rodney Carr previously gave his pledge to Arizona. The 2014 recruiting class now contains three ESPN 300 recruits and six four-star players. But perhaps more important, Arizona's presence in California moves up another notch. Of the Wildcats' 24 verbal commitments, 14 play high school or junior college football in the Golden State, which is the same number Rich Rodriguez's program pulled from California in the 2013 class. The Wildcats have commitments from four of the top 36 California recruits, which will only help them moving forward in future classes.
But like many recruitments, Cobb and Ware aren't completely finished with the recruiting process. Both have an official visit planned to Oklahoma on Oct. 4, which they still plan to take. It won't be surprising to see the teammates take all five of their visits, though one will definitely be to Arizona.
For now, these commitments will likely boost Arizona in the team recruiting rankings. The Wildcats sit at No. 32 overall and No. 2 in the Pac-12, but now Arizona now could make a serious run at Stanford for the top of the Pac-12 recruiting rankings.