From the trenches to the secondary

Linemen have been the strength of Arizona and New Mexico, but not this year

Originally Published: August 3, 2012
By Erik McKinney | RecruitingNation

Arizona is the only state in the country that produced a five-star offensive lineman in the 2011 and 2012 recruiting classes, with Auburn's Christian Westerman and Stanford's Andrus Peat, but this year the region is heavy with skill-position players on both sides of the ball. Defensive backs account for three of Arizona's top four recruits, and all three -- ESPN 150 safety Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza) and cornerbacks Jalen Ortiz (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial) and Cole Luke (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) remain uncommitted and chased by dozens of programs.