Recruiting Reset: Defensive line

Tevita Mounga

Which defensive linemen are Arizona targeting now that Khalil McKenzie is off the board? Read on to find out and see how the Wildcats are doing with each.

Tevita Mounga: Arizona cooled off on Mounga a bit, but picked it up the past few months and is now doing well with him. BYU could be relatively tough to beat, but Arizona is definitely in there and Jami Nunley is doing work to recruit him as well.

"Jamie Nunley just committed there," Mounga said. "He feels pretty good about it. I called him to congratulate him. It seems like they are a really good fit. Arizona was great. They offered me really early and they have kept coming. When you think about it, Arizona is on the rise."

Mounga wants to decide by the end of the summer and it will be interesting to see if Arizona can bring him to campus before that happens. Again, it won’t be easy to land him for a few reasons, but the Wildcats are in there.

Bruce Hester: The way it stands now, Arizona could get Hester as soon as it decides to make the push. There are a few obstacles in his way, but figuring he gets those cleared and depending on where Arizona is with other targets, Hester could see his offer back on the table. The coaching staff is certainly high on him and the ideal situation would be him getting that offer back and becoming a Wildcat.

Raequan Williams: You can make an argument that Williams is the top defensive lineman currently on Arizona’s board. Right now, the recruitment is between Arizona and Iowa, although Arizona State is making a push as well. Williams has no intentions of deciding any time soon and this is a recruitment that is going to come down to the official visits, which Arizona is going to get one of.

Marlon Gonzalez: The one time Florida State commitment is keeping his recruitment relatively quiet, but Arizona is right in the thick of things.

"Arizona is one of my top schools, along with Tennessee and Alabama," Gonzalez said. "The problem with Arizona is that it's so far away that I can't just trip to a camp or something. I will have to wait to take an official visit. I've liked everything I've heard though, so I will look hard at them."

Gonzalez obviously wants to take his official visits before making a decision, which is a good sign for Arizona. It could be difficult to get a kid out of SEC country, but Arizona has proven it can do it before and it hopes it will be able to do it again.

Jason Scrempos: Scrempos has already visited Washington and Cal among other schools and the coaching staff is hoping to get him on campus.

"Obviously, I'd love to take all the time I could and take my visits and then decide, but I know the game and how it's played," Scrempos said. "Spots will start to fill up and I don't want to miss out on things just to take my time, so I'll just see how things go and I will stay in touch with the coaches and just see how things progress."

Arizona has a chance here, but it needs to get him on campus. He could basically choose to commit to a school at any time, but Arizona is going to keep working on him.

Timmy Hamilton: Hamilton will visit Iowa State at the end of July, but says that he still has plans to visit Arizona, which is the favorite.

"Arizona is at the top of my list right now," he admitted. "Those two are right behind them. I'm trying to set up an official visit to Arizona. My summer schedule isn't really allowing me to hit all three places because we get started at Coffeyville soon after those two other trips.

“I want to get out there, though. We don't have any bye weeks during the season. I'll have to make it there in December. That would be right before I'm set to graduate."

It will be interesting to see if Arizona still has a spot in December, so this is one to keep an eye on. Hamilton has been recruited by Arizona for a while now and the Wildcats are certainly the ones to beat.

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