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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 Commits

PosNameHt/WtHS/JCCommitted  
OLBJackson Bailey6-1/220Red Oak (TX) HS5/8/2020
ATHCole Batson6-4/190San Clemente (CA) HS6/14/2020
DTEvan Branch-Haynes6-2/270S.F. Sacred Heart HS6/7/2020
OLBKolbe Cage6-0/205New Orleans Holy Cross HS5/5/2020
OT Luke Eckardt6-7/265Richmond (IL) Richmond-Burton HS7/17/2020
ILBDJ Fryar6-3/205Steilacoom (WA) HS7/4/2020
DEKevon Garcia 6-2/215Houston Dekaney HS6/15/2020
OCJT Hand6-3/285Mission VIejo (CA) HS5/31/2020
DEJa'Quez Harvey6-4/245Los Angeles Locke HS7/28/2020
SDalton Johnson5-10/180Katy (TX) HS6/15/2020
RBMontrell Johnson Jr.5-11/200New Orleans De La Salle HS7/6/2020
WRTyrese Johnson6-1/190New Orleans Booker T. Washington HS7/20/2020
ATHLogan Kraut 6-2/190Santa Rosa (CA) Carrillo HS7/12/2020
QB Clay Millen6-3/188Snoqualmie (WA) Mt. Si HS6/19/2020
DEAlex Navarro-Silva 6-5/220Riverside (CA) CC 6/27/2020
ILBKC Ossai6-1.222Conroe (TX) Oak Ridge HS8/2/2020
OTCade Parrish 6-5/295Snow College (UT) CC8/1/2020
DEJa'Marian Peterson6-3/238New Orleans De La Salle HS7/26/2020
TE/QBColby Powers 6-4/235Klein Collins (TX) HS6/26/2020
RBStevie Rocker Jr.6-0/185CDO HS7/16/2020
ILBMatthew Weerts6-2/217Batavia (IL) HS6/22/2020


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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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