Cats land defensive back

It was only a matter of time before the reputations of Mike and Mark Stoops attracted defensive backs to the program. The Cats need to add depth, especially at corner back. The team got some good news on Monday when a talented prep corner pulled the trigger.

"I committed today," said Antoine Cason of Los Alamitos HS. "I liked my visit and I felt comfortable there."

Cason is a two-star recruit, and considered the 67th best corner back in the nation. He's a physical player and some scouts believe he has the talent to be an impact player on the college level. He's the second Los Alamitos player to commit to the Cats, joining Daniel Espinoza who committed earlier in the fall.

Cason had a great visit to Arizona in November and followed it up with an in-home visit by new coach Charlie Williams late last week. Cason was impressed with Williams and liked everything he heard when the coach came in to visit. "It went real good," Cason said of the in-home. "I liked coach Williams a lot. I like the new coaching staff. He (Williams) was pretty cool. I liked talking to Mark Stoops as well."

In fact it was the reputation of the Stoops brothers that was a real draw for Cason. Their reputations while at Oklahoma and Miami rubbed off on the young corner.

"Coach Mike Stoops had Thorpe (Award) winners two of the past three years," Cason said. "Coach Mark has put some great DB's in the pros. They are great defensive coaches."

Obviously Cason feels that the Wildcats are headed in the right direction, but it didn't hurt that the Cats are very thin at corner back. Although there is an opportunity to see the field early, Cason did not point to that as a major factor or a goal.

"I don't know about playing right away," Cason said. "We're going to look at it when the time comes."

Cason is modest. When asked to compare himself to other players in the pros or college, the high schooler declined.

"I don't compare myself to guys who've made it already," Cason said. "Those guys have already worked hard and earned it. Compared to them I am just in baby steps."

While Cason won't compare himself to established guys, he is comfortable describing himself as a ball player.

"I'm a very physical corner," Cason said. "I'm very aggressive to the ball."

The scouts concur with that assessment and have praised his ability in man coverage as well as run support. The Cats have just two returning players who have seen reps at corner and Cason will get a long look in fall camp. He's optimistic about not only his chances, but the chances of the program to turn things around.

"It looks like the program is headed to success," Cason said.

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