Former USC linebacker Hunter Echols transferring to Arizona
Arizona scored a win Monday on the recruiting front: Hunter Echols, a former USC linebacker and 4-star recruit, is coming to Tucson.
Echols entered the transfer portal on Dec. 6, shortly after Lincoln Riley was introduced as the Trojans’ new head coach. With Riley looking to flip the roster, there was a flurry of activity, and the Wildcats are benefitting. Echols announced on Twitter he’ll play for coach Jedd Fisch next season in his final year of eligibility.
It’s official !! I’ll see you guys soon 😉 pic.twitter.com/JPywLY7NM4
— HUNTER (@hunter_tyb) January 3, 2022
Arizona fought for Echols’ services the first time around, too. The Wildcats pursued the Los Angeles native, but he opted to stay home. A U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection in 2017, Echols was rated as the 10th-best weakside defensive end in his class and the 134th overall prospect in the 2017 cycle, per the 247 Composite.
He redshirted his first year on campus, but has made appearances in 37 of the Trojans’ 43 games over the last four seasons, though starts have been hard to come by. Over the course of his career, Echols has been credited with 50 stops, three pass breakups, and 1.5 sacks.
A 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, he should be able to help out the Arizona defense next season.