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Arizona lands next 2018 commit as Fresno DB pulls the trigger

In what was already a good week Arizona landed its second pledge in the last few days as Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback McKenzie Barnes officially announced his decision Saturday evening. The three-star recruit ultimately chose the Wildcats over a final list that included Oregon and Washington State.

The 6-foot-2 standout received his offer from Arizona back in mid-May and it was the first Pac-12 program to do so.

Arizona defensive line coach and area recruiter Vince Amey led the way in his recruitment and was able to seal the deal on another prospect Saturday night. Barnes recently visited Tucson when he came out for a trip choosing to see UA over a visit to Oregon to see the Ducks.

McKenzie Barnes ended his recruitment with a commitment to Arizona on Saturday

It proved to be an important trip and helped move things along in his recruitment.

“It was a great experience," the newest UA pledge told Rivals.com's Adam Gorney recently about his visit to the school. "I got to meet up with some old friends like Devon Brewer and chop it up a little bit with him as well as a couple other recruits.

“I spent a lot of time with the coaches. They were giving me insight in the football aspects but also in life and that is something I can definitely respect."

Barnes is now the 11th member of the Arizona's 2018 class becoming the seventh recruit to commit to play on the defensive side of the ball. Three-star defensive tackle Mykee Irving committed to UA on Thursday night making Barnes the second commitment of the week and the fourth since July 29.

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