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CDO High School RB Stevie Rocker Jr. Commits to Arizona Wildcats

Through the years in Tucson, local running backs have gone to Arizona and been successful from names like Amphi’s Michael Bates to Canyon del Oro’s Ka’Deem Carey.

Now, Class of 2021 CDO star running back Stevie Rocker Jr. will look to make his own mark with the Wildcats by committing to Arizona this afternoon.

Rocker, 6-foot and 185 pounds, has rushed for 1,534 yards on 213 carries (7.2 yards per carry) in his varsity career as a sophomore and junior with the Dorados.

Stevie Rocker (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

“He’s as strong as he’s ever been, he’s faster than he’s ever been, and I think his work ethic is as great as it’s ever been,” CDO coach Dustin Peace said. “He’s been working really, really hard and it shows in his size and strength. One of the changes he’s had since January is his focus on getting better in the weight room.

“He made that a priority because he knows it’s all about the durability that you have to be in to play running back. His effort that he’s put into his offseason training proves that he is a Division I football player.”

He was limited to 371 yards on 83 carries last season after missing the first five games because of an ankle injury suffered during the preseason.

Rocker rushed for 1,163 yards and 12 touchdowns in 10 games in 2018. He also had three receiving touchdowns.

Southern Arizona High School Running Backs Who Played At Arizona

A list of some of the standout running backs from Southern Arizona who played at Arizona with Canyon del Oro's Stevie Rocker committing to the Wildcats today:
Running BackHigh SchoolYears at UA
David AdamsSunnyside1984-86
Michael BatesAmphi1989-90
Ka'Deem CareyCanyon del Oro2011-13
David EldridgePueblo1985-88
Vance JohnsonCholla1981-84
Joe PetroshusTucson1970-72
Paul RobinsonMarana1967
Kevin SchmidtkeMountain View1994-97
Xavier SmithSunnyside2006-08

Rocker is listed as a three-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He held scholarship offers from Arizona, BYU, Cal and Nevada. He is rated as the No. 18 running back in the state by 247Sports.

When asked about his decision to play at Arizona, this is what Rocker had to say.

“Honestly, its just a better place for me. I’ve had good relationships with other coaches. And there is just no place like home,” Rocker said. “Growing up in the city of Tucson I’ve always seen myself as a future Wildcat and now its just a reality.”

“Seeing (Ka’Deem) Carey from CDO and all the way to the University of Arizona, kind of seeing myself in those same footsteps is an amazing thing.”

Rocker is the 15th player to commit to Arizona in the Class of 2021. He is the second running back. Montrell Johnson Jr. of New Orleans De La Salle High School committed to Arizona on July 6.

Arizona Football Class of 2021 Commits

PosNameHt/WtHS/JCCommitted
OLBJackson Bailey6-1/220Red Oak (TX) HS5/8/2020
RBJames Bohls 6-0/195San Clemente (CA) HS8/23/2020
DTEvan Branch-Haynes6-2/270S.F. Sacred Heart HS6/7/2020
OLBKolbe Cage6-0/205New Orleans Holy Cross HS5/5/2020
CBJavione Carr5-11/160Arlington (TX) Sam Houston HS9/10/2020
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
CBJakelyn Morgan6-1/175Tyler (TX) Legacy HS8/27/2020
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 writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.

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