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Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez before an NCAA college football game against Stanford, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Arizona Wildcats add 23 players on first day of signing period

The University of Arizona Wildcats are hoping the recruiting class they inked on Wednesday as part of the 2017 class will help them rebound from a season that saw them go 3-9, with a 1-8 record in the Pac-12.

What was once projected to be one of the best recruiting classes in the Pac-12 ended up suffering due to defections and de-commitments, but in all, Arizona landed 23 players, with that number including five mid-year enrollees.

Ultimately, head coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff added 15 defensive players, seven offensive players and one kicker. The new Wildcats come from seven different states, with California (12) and Arizona (5) leading the way.

Wednesday was the first day on which players could submit their official letters of intent, and Arizona expects to land more players in the coming days and weeks.

Name Position Height Weight From Stars (according to Scout)
Xavier Bell S 6-foot-2 190 Santa Ana, Calif. 3
Gary Brightwell RB 5-foot-11 188 Baltimore, Md. 2
Joshua Brown ILB 6-foot-1 230 Long Beach, Calif. 3
Kurtis Brown DT 6-foot-3 285 Bakersfield, Calif. 3
Brian Casteel WR 6-foot-1 200 Covina, Calif. 3
Drew Dixon WR 6-foot-4 195 Tucson, Ariz. 3
Tony Fields II* OLB 6-foot-2 200 Las Vegas, Nev. 3
Bryce Gilbert* TE 6-foot-4 230 Gilbert, Ariz. 3
Jalen Harris DE 6-foot-4 210 Mesa, Ariz. 3
Lucas Havrisik K 6-foot-2 195 Norco, Calif. 2
My-King Johnson DE 6-foot-3 225 Tempe, Ariz. 3
Anthony Pandy ILB 6-foot-2 230 Harbor City, Calif. 3
Jose Ramirez* OLB 6-foot-2 209 Auburndale, Fla. 3
Rhett Rodriguez QB 6-foot-1 190 Tucson, Ariz. 2
Colin Schooler ILB 6-foot-2 225 Mission Viejo, Calif. 3
Rhedi Short S 6-foot-1 175 Los Angeles, Calif. 3
Sione Taufahema* DT 6-foot-3 310 Mission Hills, Calif. 2
Nathan Tilford* RB 6-foot-1 205 Ontario, Calif. 4
Tony Wallace CB 5-foot-10 180 Las Vegas, Nev. 3
Kylan Wilborn OLB 6-foot-1 235 Sherman Oaks, Calif. 3
Bryce Wolma TE 6-foot-4 230 Saline, Mich. 3
Scott Young S 6-foot-0 190 La Mesa, Calif. 3
Troy Young S 6-foot-1 192 Mobile, Ala. 3

* Indicates mid-year enrollee

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