Arizona will be without 5 defensive starters in 2014, two of which coming from the defensive line in Sione Tuihalamaka and Tevin Hood. However with 4-star DT Marcus Griffin and a few other highly touted recruits coming to town, Arizona fans shouldn’t fret, as this class brings a new era of Arizona defense. If you missed my latest article on Tevin Hood and his path to the NFL, check it out here.
Griffin is the 22nd ranked defensive tackle in the country according to Rivals, originally deciding to stay in-state and verbally committed to Washington State in April of his junior year. However in the fall of his senior year, Griffin started drawing attention from schools such as UCLA, Mississippi State and Arizona. With a few more offers from across the country, Griffin decided to decommit from Washington State and open up his recruiting process.
The Semper Fidelis All-American also drew some interest from Notre Dame and even set up a business trip to South Bend. However just days after setting the visit up, Griffin cancelled and decided that he wanted to visit Arizona instead. The rest is history as Griffin submitted his Letter of Intent to Arizona on National Signing Day.
Just by looking at his highlights above and his SEC size (6-3 300-pounds), Griffin will be a force on the defensive line as soon as he gets to Tucson. Reggie Gilbert will be back on the defensive line for his senior year and Arizona brings in former Boise State defensive tackle Jeff Worthy as well. The front 6 of the 3-3-5 will have a lot of new faces with the departures of Marquis Flowers and Jake Fischer. But look out for 4-star linebackers Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware, Salesian High School (Los Angeles, California) teammates, both heading to Tucson this summer.