Linebacker almost seems like a cursed position for the Wildcats. As of June 1, the Wildcats had just two healthy, scholarship linebackers on the roster. They are expecting an influx of young talent in the 2011 class and now will add at least one junior college player to the mix.
Cerritos linebacker David Lopez has committed to play for the Wildcats. The 6-3, 230 pounder originally pledged to play for Portland State, but never signed a Letter of Intent and has decided to help fill the depleted Wildcat roster. He has apparently signed a financial aid agreement with the Wildcats.
“I saw his paperwork come in and yes, he will be attending the University of Arizona,” John Van Gaston, Cerritos College Sports Information Director.
Lopez originally played at Los Angeles’ Garfield High School. He sat out the 2008 season due to injury and enrolled at Cerritos in 2009. That first year he was third on the team in tackles and was 2nd Team All-Northern Division Central Conference.
This past season he led the team with 107 tackles, 10.5 f tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and also forced two fumbles and recovered two more. For his efforts he was a unanimous All-Conference selection, was honored by being named 1st Team All-American and 1st team All-State. He was also the Defensive Player of the Game in the Southern California Championship Game and Southern California Bowl.
At Garfield he was named Los Angeles City Player of the Year as a senior and helped his team win the City Championship. He finished with 159 tackles, including 102 solo takedowns.
Arizona is in dire need of help at linebacker. They lost starter Jake Fischer to an ACL tear during spring ball and saw back-ups Trevor Erno and R.J. Young leave the program. Redshirt freshman Kyle Benson had academic issues and is expected to enroll at a Phoenix area junior college.