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LB Colacion eighth Class of 2016 recruit to commit to Arizona Wildcats


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The latest Arizona football commit: Inside linebacker Jacob Colacion of La Habra, Calif. (Colacion Facebook photo)

The latest Arizona football commit: Inside linebacker Jacob Colacion of La Habra, Calif. (Colacion Facebook photo)

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Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez picked up his fourth commitment from a defensive player in the Class of 2016 with La Habra (Calif.) linebacker Jacob Colacion pledging to join the Wildcats next season.

Colacion is a three-star linebacker by Scout.com. He has long favored Arizona since Rodriguez, defensive coordinator Miles Casteel and co-offensive coordinator Rod Smith offered him a scholarship in April after Casteel and Smith observed one of his workouts.

His decision to commit to Arizona was solidified with a campus visit last month.

Other schools that tried to recruit Colacion included Boise State, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, San Diego State and Washington State.

Some scouting reports of Colacion (6’1″ and 215):

Scout.com’s Greg Biggins: “Jacob Colacion has been one of the top linebackers we’ve seen this spring and the film is equally impressive. He plays with tremendous instincts, balance and athleticism. He can rush the passer, play the run and has shown high level pass coverage during the 7v7 circuit.”

Rivals.com: “Colacion has shown through the 7on7 circuit his ability to stay in the middle, break up crossing routes and move sideline to sideline in pursuit of the ball carrier. On Sunday, the three-star prospect looked really impressive running with players coming out of the backfield and knocking down passes. He’s not overly physical but he can stay with running backs and make catches for them really difficult.”

The following slideshow includes video highlights of Arizona’s eight Class of 2016 commitments to date (click on “Next” to get started) …

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