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Jamarye Joiner has change of heart – sticking with hometown Arizona

Former Cienega High School standout Jamarye Joiner announced on Dec. 18 he was entering the transfer portal, but after extensive phone conversations with new Arizona coach Jedd Fisch and receivers coach Kevin Cummings starting Sunday, the receiver has decided to stay with the Wildcats.

Joiner announced he was going to open his recruitment to “all” in a tweet on Dec. 18. That apparently included Arizona, which originally recruited him as a quarterback out of Cienega as part of the Class of 2018 recruiting effort under Rich Rodriguez.

Another significant receiver Ma’jon Wright announced today he is returning to the Wildcats after entering his name in the transfer portal. Wright had 15 catches for 176 yards with a touchdown for the Wildcats as a freshman. He is a big target at 6-2 and 200 pounds from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Joiner was converted to receiver as a redshirt freshman in 2019 by Kevin Sumlin, who was fired a week before Joiner announced his decision to enter the transfer portal.

Joiner appeared in two games as a quarterback as a true freshman in 2018. He completed 3 for 4 passes in a loss at Utah. He was kept under the four-game threshold to maintain his redshirt status.

Because of COVID-19 shortening the college football season in 2020, Joiner will again be a redshirt sophomore in 2021. He has three years of eligibility remaining from 2021 to 2023.

Joiner, 6-foot-1 and 214 pounds, led Arizona with 34 receptions for 552 yards and five touchdowns in 2019. He was particularly impressive against ASU at Tempe with seven catches for 140 yards with two touchdowns.

He underwent foot surgery last summer but managed to return when the start of Arizona’s season was delayed to November because of COVID-19. He had 12 receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown.

Joiner was one of three receivers from Tucson who entered the transfer portal, joining junior Stanley Berryhill III and Drew Dixon. Berryhill has announced he will transfer to Ball State, which recently won the Arizona Bowl at Arizona Stadium. Dixon is undecided of where he will transfer.

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