Arizona Football

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/

“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 Signees

OLBJackson Bailey6-1/220Red Oak (TX)
RBJames Bohls 6-0/195San Clemente (CA)
DTEvan Branch-Haynes6-2/270S.F. Sacred Heart
OLBKolbe Cage6-0/205New Orleans Holy Cross
CBJavione Carr5-11/160Arlington (TX) Sam Houston
OT Luke Eckardt6-7/265Richmond (IL) Richmond-Burton
ILBDJ Fryar6-3/205Steilacoom (WA)
DEKevon Garcia 6-2/215Houston (TX) Dekaney
OCJT Hand6-3/285Mission VIejo (CA)
SDalton Johnson5-10/180Katy (TX)
ATHLogan Kraut 6-2/190Santa Rosa (CA) Carrillo
CBJakelyn Morgan6-1/175Tyler (TX) Legacy
DEAlex Navarro-Silva 6-5/220Riverside (CA) CC
TE/QBColby Powers 6-4/235Klein Collins (TX)
RBStevie Rocker Jr.6-0/185CDO
ILBMatthew Weerts6-2/217Batavia (IL)
SIsaiah Taylor5-11/195Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas
ATHAnthony Simpson 5-10/180Pawling (NY) Bloomfield

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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