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Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff made a significant recruiting coup tonight, landing two linebackers from Los Angeles who are considering UCLA, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian teammates Marquis Ware and Jamardre Cobb stuck to their pledge to be a package deal and they have told their high school coach they’re bound for Arizona.
Salesian Coach Dvah Thomas told Scout.com that Ware and Cobb will still visit Oklahoma the weekend of Oct. 4, but described their commitment to Arizona as “very strong right now”. Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is Arizona’s former head coach.
Scout.com’s description of Cobb and Ware:
— Cobb (6-2, 215) is the top middle linebacker in the West and one of the most physical players in the region. He’s a huge hitter, very aggressive in run support and made big strides in his ability to drop and cover over the spring. He’s a natural leader with a non-stop motor and a great work ethic off the field. He’s everything you want in an inside linebacker with high level toughness and improving athleticism.
— Ware (6-2, 210) missed almost the entire spring and summer with a shoulder injury but when healthy, he’s a potential difference maker on both sides of the ball. He could play linebacker or tight end in college and is very talented at each position. He’s a little more athletic than Cobb, moves around very well and has the size and agility to play inside or outside ‘backer in college. As a tight end, he flashes great hands, runs very well down the field and is a punishing blocker.
With Arizona already holding commitments from tight ends Trevor Wood and Darrell Cloy, Ware will likely play linebacker.
CAT CLAWS: Another Salesian senior, safety Rodney Carr has already committed to Arizona. … Stoops and his big brother Bob Stoops, the head coach of the Sooners, raided the state to nab Scottsdale Desert Mountain High School wide receiver Mark Andrews (6-6, 240) last week. Oklahoma got Andrews’ commitment over Ohio State and Alabama. He is rated the No. 1 prospect from the state. … Arizona assistant Tony Dews was the primary assistant responsible for landing Cobb and Ware. He coached with Rodriguez at Michigan from 2008-10 and reunited with him at Arizona last season after a year at Pitt.
WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes blogs for Lindy’s College Sports, TucsonCitizen.com and Sports Illustrated-sponsored site ZonaZealots.com.