The Arizona Wildcats added another player to their 2013 recruiting class late Friday, when Jack Banda — a junior tight end/defensive end from Loganville, Ga. — verbally committed to join the team in two years.
Banda told the Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily Post that Arizona offered him a scholarship Wednesday. He accepted before ever visiting the campus, though Banda plans to travel here next month. He chose Arizona over offers from Florida International and UNC-Charlotte.
“It’s a big campus and I always wanted to go to a school like that that,” he told the paper. “They have a lot of history, big stadium, big atmosphere …
“I really like them..It’s the Pac-12, Arizona is nice and hot. I always wanted to go there.”
The Scout.com recruiting service has yet to rank the 6-foot-3-inch, 230-pound Banda. He plays at the same high school, Grayson High School, as prep start Robert Nkemdiche. Nkemdiche is considered the nation’s top recruit.
Banda is the second player to commit to the UA this week. Cornerback Prince Holloway verbally committed to the Cats' 2013 class on Wednesday. Holloway initially committed to coach Rich Rodriguez two years ago when he was at Michigan, but was unable to qualify academically. He spent last season at a junior college in Florida.
Holloway is scheduled to enroll in summer 2013; he’ll have three years to play three seasons.