Arizona football adds 5 commitments for 2016
It was a busy recruiting weekend for Rich Rodriguez and his staff at Arizona, with the Wildcats picking up five verbal commitments.
The newcomers are junior college defensive end Josh Allen from Long Beach CC in California, running back J.J. Taylor from Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., safety Gavin Robertson from Mountain View High School in Auburn, Wash., athlete DeVaughn Cooper from Nathaniel Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif., and running back Tyliek Raynor from Imhotep Institute in Philadelphia. The commitments bring Arizona’s total for the Class of 2016 to 13.
Allen, 6-feet-4, 260 pounds, was rated as the No. 9 junior college recruit in the 2016 class by 247sports.com, and the No. 2 defensive lineman. He had offers from Arizona State, Washington State, Boise State and Louisville.
Scout.com’s analysis: "He isn’t the most explosive off the edge, but he has a lot of raw strength that assists him in getting a nice consistent push off the line of scrimmage. The burst may not be elite, but he moves well in the open field and in pursuit. Allen is a finisher with violent hands. Once he has collapses on the play, he has the athleticism to close it out, breaking down and not letting the opposition escape."
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Taylor is a 5-foot-7, 160-pound back who was rated as three stars and the 11th best running back in California by Scout.com.
Scout describes Taylor as "a system back, and Arizona is the perfect system for his playing style. He’s a versatile player you can move all over the field and is absolutely scary in the open field. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield will make him especially dangerous on third downs as matched up with a linebacker is a huge mismatch. … Taylor could use a redshirt year to get bigger and stronger but has a chance to be a talented playmaker for the program once he hits the field."
Robertson is 6-2 and 190 pounds and is also rated as 3-star by Scout. Arizona was the first Pac-12 school to offer him.
Cooper, 5-10-1/2, 171 pounds, is classified as an athlete but was primarily being recruited as a wide receiver. Michigan and Washington were among those who had extended offers.
"Arizona is building something there," he told Scout.com. "They have gotten better each season and they have an offense that is built to last. It is about as good an offense as there is for a wide receiver to play in."
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Raynor, 5-10, 180, is ranked by Scout as a three-star recruit and the fourth-best running back in Pennsylvania. His offers included Miami, Maryland and Illinois.
Scout’s analysis: "Raynor gets through the hole in a hurry and he has the speed to get past the secondary. He has huge holes to run through, but looking beyond that he is elusive at the second level, he changes direction well and he has the vision to cut back and make a big play. Raynor also catches the ball well out of the backfield. He needs to get stronger, but has done a good job developing his body as high school career progressed."