Arizona gets commitments from two local receivers

By Gil Alcaraz IV

With eight high school commits already under their belts, the Arizona Wildcats have added another two young prospects to the talent pool.

Phoenix-based wide receivers Paul Elvira and Nate Phillips both sent their commitments in to the Arizona  coaching staff on Tuesday, June 12. The Wildcats tendered offers to the young receiving duo after watching them perform at a 7-on-7 football camp earlier this month.

Elvira, a 6’0’’, 175-pound receiver out of Marcos De Niza High School, projects well as a possession receiver who can man the outside in Rich Rodriguez’ offense. He will help the Wildcats overcome the loss of senior wide receiver Juron Criner. During his junior year, he hauled in 49 passes for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Phillips, a smaller pass-catcher (5’9’’, 165 pounds) out of Basha High School, is expected to man the slot for Arizona. He’s an explosive playmaker who could eventually develop into a sparkplug for the Wildcats’ passing attack. Last season, he notched 72 receptions for 1,265 yards and seven touchdowns. Phillips also provides some promise as a return specialist.

Elvira and Phillips bring Arizona’s commitment total to 10, including cornerbacks Darius Allensworth and Prince Holloway, defensive end Jack Banda, running backs Zachary Green and Mauriece Lee, center Steven Gurrola, quarterback Anu Solomon and guard Logan Scott.

Although both receivers are currently unranked by the majority of the high school football recruiting services, Elvira and Phillips are expected to contribute immediately in Arizona as they begin to rebuild their air attack.

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