Adding their first recruiting piece in the transfer portal, Arizona Football has received a commitment from former UCLA DL Tyler Manoa.
Things are progressing very quickly with the 2022 season now over for Arizona Football. And for Jedd Fisch and the Wildcats, the focus has turned to the recruiting class for 2023.
And making news on Thursday afternoon, the Wildcats have secured their first transfer from the infamous portal, this time adding former UCLA defensive lineman, Tyler Manoa.
Announcing his commitment via social media, Manoa picked the Wildcats despite reportedly receiving interest from Oregon State as well.
A former four-star recruit in the class of 2018, Manoa was a standout from St. Francis High School in Hayward, CA that committed to UCLA despite receiving offers from several schools.
Standing a massive, 6-feet-4-inches and weighing 300 pounds, Tyler Manoa will add immediate depth to the defense for Arizona Football.
Coming into the off-season, it is clear that the Wildcats are wanting to prioritize their recruiting on defense.
And with the Wildcats seeing an influx of defensive players enter the transfer portal, naturally, Coach Fisch and Co. are wanting to supplement that talent and production with immediate-impact guys.
So far in the recruiting class for 2023, Arizona’s class has primarily been several defensive recruits, Tyler is just the latest of many additions to the class.
Leaving UCLA, Tyler appeared in 30 games with the Bruins, accumulating 53 tackles (29 solo), 1.0 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss, three pass deflections, and a forced fumble.
Coming in, it is a bit unknown what kind of impact Tyler will have with the Wildcats; however, the opportunity for early playing time is there, plus he does provide plenty of collegiate and veteran experience.
His familiarity working with coach Johnny Nansen should be a huge plus as well. Here’s just a small preview of the talent Tyler possesses!