Layth Friekh Commits to Arizona: Wildcats Land Mammoth 4-Star OT

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystOctober 21, 2013

The Arizona Wildcats added another commitment Monday, continuing a flurry of positive recruiting news in Tucson. Offensive tackle Layth Friekh, a 4-star prospect from Centennial High School (Peoria, Ariz.), is the 27th member of an impressive 2014 recruiting class.

Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez collected a pair of commitments during the weekend from wide receiver Kaelin Deboskie (Tucson, Ariz.) and offensive tackle Levi Walton (Cape Coral, Fla.). Friekh, a 6'5", 250-pound prospect, decided to join them on the bandwagon.

He spent the past weekend visiting campus and attended Arizona's 35-24 victory over Utah. It was the Wildcats' first PAC-12 win of the season.

Friekh is ranked the nation's No. 16 tackle prospect and Arizona's fourth-best overall player by 247Sports. He is the highest-ranked member of the team's 2014 class, as currently constructed.

Arizona beat out Washington, Nebraska, Oregon and Arizona State for his services. Friekh made a pair of official visits elsewhere before committing to the Wildcats.

He visited Oregon in September and spent time at Washington earlier this month. He paid a visit to Oregon State in April.

Friekh is a massive blocker, but he remains quick on his feet and stays low. His playing style suits Rodriguez's zone-blocking scheme.

He joins Walton as the team's only two commits at offensive tackle. Arizona is anticipating an infusion of talent on the offensive front next season.

The Wildcats also hold a commitment from 3-star JUCO guard Kaige Lawrence.

According to 247Sports, Arizona now has the top-ranked recruiting class in the PAC-12. It ranks 17th nationally.