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Arizona Adds New Orleans RB Montrell Johnson Jr. to Class of 2021 Recruits


Montrell Johnson Jr. , a 5-foot-11-inch and 200-pound Class of 2021 running back from New Orleans De La Salle High School, committed to the Arizona football program this morning.

Johnson, rated a 3-star talent by Rivals.com, had 15 scholarship offers. Colorado, Kansas, Vanderbilt and Tennessee were the other Power 5 schools that offered a scholarship.

He is the fourth offensive player to join the list of 13 Class of 2021 prospects who have committed to Kevin Sumlin’s program. He also is the second from New Orleans in the class to pledge to the Wildcats. Kolbe Cage, a linebacker from Holy Cross High School, was the first of the class to commit to the Wildcats on May 5.

Johnson and Cage comprise three of the recruits from Louisiana in the three-year Sumlin era at Arizona. Jabar Triplett is a Class of 2020 linebacker from Baton Rouge who will not play this season for the Wildcats because of a torn Achilles.

“I would describe myself as an elusive and a powerful back,” Johnson told 247Sports. “I can make a defender miss and I can also run through a defender. I feel like this season I did a good job of being a patient runner. I read the hole very efficiently and I was really consistent.”

Arizona Football Class of 2021 Signees

PosNameHt/WtHS/JC
OLBJackson Bailey6-1/220Red Oak (TX)
RBJames Bohls 6-0/195San Clemente (CA)
DTEvan Branch-Haynes6-2/270S.F. Sacred Heart
OLBKolbe Cage6-0/205New Orleans Holy Cross
CBJavione Carr5-11/160Arlington (TX) Sam Houston
OT Luke Eckardt6-7/265Richmond (IL) Richmond-Burton
ILBDJ Fryar6-3/205Steilacoom (WA)
DEKevon Garcia 6-2/215Houston (TX) Dekaney
OCJT Hand6-3/285Mission VIejo (CA)
SDalton Johnson5-10/180Katy (TX)
ATHLogan Kraut 6-2/190Santa Rosa (CA) Carrillo
CBJakelyn Morgan6-1/175Tyler (TX) Legacy
DEAlex Navarro-Silva 6-5/220Riverside (CA) CC
TE/QBColby Powers 6-4/235Klein Collins (TX)
RBStevie Rocker Jr.6-0/185CDO
ILBMatthew Weerts6-2/217Batavia (IL)
SIsaiah Taylor5-11/195Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas
ATHAnthony Simpson 5-10/180Pawling (NY) Bloomfield


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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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