Recruiting update: Dec. 24

The dead period is upon us, but that does not mean football recruiting is slowing down. Some players are making decisions, while others are trying to schedule visits in January. Here is a rundown of a busy few days.

The Cats have added a number of players. As we reported the past few days the Cats have added a handful of defensive players. Prep corner back Antoine Cason verballed on Monday, while linebacker James Alford pledged to the Cats over the weekend. Cason is a physical corner from Los Alamitos, CA. He chose the Cats over Oregon State who was his stated leader as late as last week.

Alford's story is a little more confusing. The Louisiana linebacker originally signed with West Virginia last year, but never enrolled when the team asked him to ‘greyshirt'. Alford blew out his knee as a high school senior and the Mountaineers hoped to stash him until the spring. The move backfired. Alford moved to Morgantown, but did not like it and looked to move on. He chose the Wildcats over Utah and will enroll in January, but will count against the 2004 recruiting class.

We had heard that the ever elusive Randy Sims had verballed several weeks back, but never got in touch with the JC linebacker. We still haven't spoken with him, but the CC of San Francisco confirms that he has indeed signed with Arizona and will be here next semester. The 5-10, 230-pound Sims was All-Nor Cal Conference and has a very good reputation.

The biggest question is whether or not Kiel McDonald signed with Arizona. One person close to him claimed that he had signed a Letter of Intent with Arizona, but there is no confirmation whether or not the letter has been received by the Wildcat coaching staff.

McDonald was an honorable mention All-Nor Cal Conference selection and has sprinter's speed. has high praise for McDonald and he should come in an push for playing time.

Not all the news was good. DL Erick Lobos set up a visit to Tucson but canceled it just a few hours later.

"I was going to take those trips (to Utah and Arizona)," Lobos told "But then last night I just knew that I had to commit (to Washington)."

Lobos is a 6-3, 280-pound defensive tackle that a lot of schools liked. He could have come in and pushed for playing time with the Wildcats.

The Cats also appear to be out of the running for another player they liked a lot. WR Robert Jordan appears to be down to either Cal or Oregon and will be going as part of a "package deal" with Phillip Mbakogu, Virdell Larkins, and Marshawn Lynch. The Cats were making a late push for Lynch and Larkins, but that appears to have been for naught.

The Cats have been working hard to get in on a number of players including CB Willie Glasper of De La Salle and WR Derrick Jones of Long Beach Poly. Both are top-10 players at their respective positions and both have an open visit left. The Cats have a lot of work to do on both players and it will be tough to land either one, but either player could have an immediate impact.

The Cats appear to have had only three visitors last weekend. Tate Casey and Dillon Hansen are undecided players, while Chris Kolone has already given the Cats the nod. Casey had a very good visit and likes Arizona because he can play baseball and football. The three-star tight end is looking at some real powerhouses, so it could be tough for the Wildcats. Casey did have a good visit and the Cats are in the hunt.

"It was a good time," Casey told the Insiders. "I had a lot of fun, but a lot of students were gone due to Christmas. Originally, I had planned to visit Miami(FL) this past weekend, but they stopped recruiting me once Coach (Mark) Stoops left for Arizona. I called him up to say I wanted to visit Tucson, and I think highly of those guys. They have the facilities and atmosphere to build around."

Casey will also visit Florida, Arkansas and LSU and has already tripped to UCLA.

Hansen also had a good visit and will choose between Arizona and Texas Tech.

OL Geoff Schwartz who visited two weekends ago has said he too is down to two, The big man will either be a Wildcat or a Duck.

The Cats have set up a visit with B.J. Dennard, he'll be in town on January 16th. The Brophy Prep standout can play either WR or CB on the next level, but we've heard the Cats like him as a DB.

Three former Wildcats received all-conference honors at JC's. Two defensive linemen who have had academic difficulties have rebounded. Vince Feula, who would have started this season, was All Western States Region IV after a good season at Cerritos. Isaac Watts, who left two years ago due to academics, was ALL No Cal Conference at CC of San Francisco. OL Thomas Stevens, who redshirted for the Cats in 2001, was honored for his play at LA Harbor JC.

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