With Arizona Football staying busy on the recruiting trail for 2022, the Wildcats have added USC transfer linebacker, Hunter Echols.
Jedd Fisch and Arizona Football have been putting in work this off-season, and after delivering a terrific recruiting class for 2022, the Wildcats have now added another transfer, this time it is former USC linebacker, Hunter Echols.
Making news via social media on Monday afternoon, the Trojan linebacker announced his commitment to Arizona, and he is now the third transfer to join the Wildcats since signing day.
Coming in, Echols will have a reunion of sorts as he joins his former positional coach and current defensive coordinator, Johnny Nansen at Arizona.
Now a redshirt senior, Echols joins the Cats with one year of eligibility remaining, and overall, the 6-foot-4-inch 245-pound Los Angeles native should make an immediate impact with Arizona.
Hunter appeared in seven games for the Trojans in 2021, recording 20 tackles (11 solo), with 1.5 tackles for loss, and a pass deflection. Echols has 50 tackles (24 solo) in his career with 4.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 25 games played.
A former four-star in the recruiting class of 2017, Hunter Echols will help bring talent and depth to an Arizona Football team in desperate need of it.
Helping to replace the recent departures of Anthony Pandy, Treshaun Hayward, Kenny Hebert, and Rashie Hodge Jr. to graduation, and as we have witnessed over the past couple of seasons, Arizona has desperately needed talent and depth on defense. By adding Hunter, he addresses those areas.
Granted, his production wasn’t there at USC; however, there is no downside to this commitment here. At worst, Arizona adds depth to a position of need, and at best, they get a veteran and vocal leader who will fill in nicely for the lone year that he is here.
Hunter will Jerry Roberts Jr., who returns in 2022, as well as Issaiah Johnson, Malik Reed, incoming stud linebacker Sterling Lane, along with a slew of young Wildcat linebackers that didn’t get much playing time last year.
Here are some of Hunter’s highlights while at Cathedral High School (Los Angeles, CA).