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Arizona football recruiting: Big-name schools trying to poach recruits

Jalen Harris is the son of former Wildcat great Sean Harris. (Andy Morales/

We’re less than a month away from football Signing Day — Feb. 1 — and the Arizona Wildcats are going to have to play some defense to keep the best in its class.

Four-star quarterback Braxton Burmeister, from La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day has been planning to enroll early and start school on Monday, but he received a late offer from Oregon. Will he contemplate the Ducks, take a visit? Will he show up in Tucson as scheduled?

As always in recruiting, stay tuned.

The recruitment of Mesa Desert Ridge three-star defensive end Jalen Harris — the son of Desert Swarm linebacker Sean Harris — continues to heat up. Other schools aren’t backing down. Harris announced Friday on Twitter that he has a new offer from Notre Dame. Harris, rated the sixth-best prospect in the state of Arizona by 247Sports, also added an offer from Louisville in November.

Meanwhile, it figures to be even harder to hold on to three-star defensive lineman Austin Faoliu from Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif. He looked like an under-the-radar prospect when he committed in September, but he has added offers from Michigan State, Ole Miss, TCU, Oklahoma and Texas in the past couple of weeks.

Will other offers be coming? It’s probably a stretch right now to call Faoliu “committed.”

Other UA recruits who have received offers in the past few days are two-star cornerback Tony Wallace from Las Vegas (Oregon) and offensive lineman Cody Shear (Purdue).

So, there definitely could be some unwanted recruiting action in the final few weeks for Arizona, which is trying to put together a Top 25 class after a 3-9 season. Say this: Given the reputation of schools that are trying to come in late on various UA recruits, the Wildcats’ staff seems to have done a good job with its evaluations in this class.

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