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.
“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 ArizonaA 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 Back||High School||Years at UA|
|Ka'Deem Carey||Canyon del Oro||2011-13|
|Kevin Schmidtke||Mountain View||1994-97|
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 Signees
|OLB||Jackson Bailey||6-1/220||Red Oak (TX)|
|RB||James Bohls||6-0/195||San Clemente (CA)|
|DT||Evan Branch-Haynes||6-2/270||S.F. Sacred Heart|
|OLB||Kolbe Cage||6-0/205||New Orleans Holy Cross|
|CB||Javione Carr||5-11/160||Arlington (TX) Sam Houston|
|OT||Luke Eckardt||6-7/265||Richmond (IL) Richmond-Burton|
|ILB||DJ Fryar||6-3/205||Steilacoom (WA)|
|DE||Kevon Garcia||6-2/215||Houston (TX) Dekaney|
|OC||JT Hand||6-3/285||Mission VIejo (CA)|
|S||Dalton Johnson||5-10/180||Katy (TX)|
|ATH||Logan Kraut||6-2/190||Santa Rosa (CA) Carrillo|
|CB||Jakelyn Morgan||6-1/175||Tyler (TX) Legacy|
|DE||Alex Navarro-Silva||6-5/220||Riverside (CA) CC|
|TE/QB||Colby Powers||6-4/235||Klein Collins (TX)|
|RB||Stevie Rocker Jr.||6-0/185||CDO|
|ILB||Matthew Weerts||6-2/217||Batavia (IL)|
|S||Isaiah Taylor||5-11/195||Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas|
|ATH||Anthony Simpson||5-10/180||Pawling (NY) Bloomfield|
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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.