Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez, in Las Vegas earlier this for a coaches vs. cancer golf event, remains busy with his recruiting efforts. In a span of a week, the Wildcats have landed three tranfers, including one who will be immediately eligible to play. Former Northwestern and UNLV running back Adonis Smith, who was a standout during the Rebels spring game last month, announced Tuesday that he will play for Arizona in 2014. UNLV, coincidentally, plays at Arizona Aug. 29 in the Wildcats’ home opener. The other two transfers are Arizona Western College players — running back Dami Ayoola (formerly of Illinois) and safety Paul Magloire (formerly of Appalachian State as a running back). Magloire, who made his commitment today, and Ayoola will be eligible to play at Arizona in 2015.
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Smith’s transfer to Arizona means 10 players who were with a different major-college program earlier in their careers will be on the Wildcats’ 2014 roster. The others are defensive end Jordan Allen (LSU), receiver Davonte’ Neal (Notre Dame), quarterback Connor Brewer (Texas), defensive lineman Jeff Worthy (Boise State), cornerback Brendan Murphy (Air Force), offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa (Cal), quarterback Jesse Scroggins (USC) and quarterback Jerrard Randle (LSU).
Looks like Magloire’s immediate commitment after Arizona offered him a scholarship this morning took some of Arizona’s coaches by surprise.
I knew the name sounded familiar. Magloire’s cousin is former Kentucky basketball player Jamal Magloire, who lost to Arizona in the 1997 NCAA title game. Magloire had no points and four fouls in 14 minutes against Arizona. Paul, who was only 4 at the time, is ready to represent the Wildcats (the Arizona variety).
Here is a video that exhibits Paul Magloire’s athleticism and toughness at safety.