Arizona Football

Arizona Lands Inside Linebacker KC Ossai

Arizona and head coach Kevin Sumlin added to an already heavy defensive class with commitment No. 21 of the 2021 recruiting class on Sunday.

The commitment comes from 6-foot-1 and 222-pound inside linebacker KC Ossai from Conroe (Texas) Oak Ridge High School. If the name sounds familiar, his brother is Joseph Ossai, a standout linebacker with Texas.

“He’s helped a lot,” Ossai said of his brother. “Obviously family means a lot to me during deciding where I’m going so him and my other brother Philip being behind my decision and helping me narrow down everything was great.”

With a completely new defensive staff, Arizona has made defense the focus for the 2021 recruiting class under new coordinator Paul Rhoads.

“I feel like it’s a staff that can help change the narrative instantly and I’m more than happy to be apart of it,” said Ossai.

Not only is Rhoads the defensive coordinator, he will also be coaching the inside linebacker position, the same position Ossai is expected to play.

“I love he’s attention to detail and can’t wait to lead the defense under his leadership,” said Ossai.

Ossai chose Arizona over Air Force, Army and Louisiana-Lafayette among others after receiving his offer from Sumlin on Feb. 19.

“It just felt more like home even though it’s about a 17-hour drive from where I live right now,” said Ossai.

The commitment gives Arizona a total of five linebackers for the 2021 recruiting class as the program tries to fix what has been a disappointing defense, especially in the front seven, for a few years.

Arizona Football Class of 2021 Commits

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

FOLLOW TROY HUTCHISON ON TWITTER! 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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