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Arizona Wildcats Add California LB to 2016 Recruiting Class

Rich Rodriguez

Rich Rodriguez

The Arizona Wildcats have gone at a slow pace during the offseason acquiring talent for the 2016 recruiting class, but claimed a prized recruit from southern California on Tuesday in linebacker Jacob Colacion.

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Colacion (6-1, 216) could easily been seen as a rising star in the 2016 class with recruiting interest picking up through the camp circuit. To date 13 teams have offered including Boise State, Illinois, Utah State, Wyoming, Indiana, San Jose State, San Diego State, Nevada, Fresno State, Air Force, Washington State and Northwestern.

Football camps held by the Wildcats over the weekend should start showing results. Colacion was offered by Arizona in late April but attended camp on Monday leading to Tuesday’s commitment.

The La Habra High School talent helped the Highlanders to a 7-4 record last year, going undefeated in the Freeway League and making the playoffs. Colacion is an athletic linebacker primarily lining up on the outside as a pass-rushing option but filled in at middle linebacker and even played some safety in 2014. He’s quick, can drop in coverage, aggressive against the run, and plays with an angry confidence one wants to see in a linebacker.

Arizona Wildcats 2016 Verbal Commitment List

LB Jacob Colacion, 6-1, 216 lbs, La Habra HS, La Habra, CA

DB Isaiah Hayes, 5-11, 175 lbs, Calabasas HS, Calabasas, CA

RB Russell Halimon, 5-9, 180 lbs, Allatoona HS, Acworth, GA

DT Justin Holt, 6-1, 300 lbs, Salpointe HS, Tucson, AZ

QB Devon Modster, 6-1, 217 lbs, Tesoro HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

RB Sean Riley, 5-9, 165 lbs, Narbonne HS, Harbor City, CA

QB/ATH Khalil Tate, 6-2, 200 lbs, Junipero Serra HS, Gardena, CA

DE Jabari Watson, 6-3, 255 lbs, Summit HS, Fontana, CA

— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.