Defensive line recruits

Arizona is garnering a lot of attention from defensive linemen. Not only do the Cats have a strong defensive tradition, but with at least seven players departing from an already thin unit, there is the opportunity for immediate playing time. The Cats already have two verbals from highly touted defensive ends, and here are just some of the other defensive line prospects considering Arizona.

San Diego's Adrian Bredell already has an offer from the Cats. A tad undersized at only 6-2, 230, the All-Conference player runs a quick 4.8 forty. He also plays tight end, where he scored two touchdowns on his three total catches. Bredell has heard from a number of teams in the west and Midwest. Bredell is favoring the Cats but is looking at Oklahoma, Clemson, Colorado, Ohio State and Washington.

Last season Arizona went into the Denver area and came away with defensive end Carlos Williams. This year they are looking at Sydney Hayes of Bishop Machebeuf. Hayes, who like Williams is also a pretty good basketball player, is a tall speedy lineman. Hayes goes 6-5 and runs a 4.6. Has the build to pack more muscle onto his 245-pound frame. He likes Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Arizona and USC.

Another undersized defensive end is Glenn Jackson of Carrollton (Turner), Texas. Although only 215 pounds, Jackson is a relentless pass rusher who is turning heads all over the nations. Of course 4.55 speed will attract a lot of attention. Jackson is a two-time All-Conference selection and was District Sophomore Player of the Year in 1999. Jackson has at least seven offers, including the Wildcats. Jackson lists Texas, Nebraska, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Arizona. All but Nebraska and Texas have already offered.

Nick Johnson of Chandler, Arizona lists Arizona, but most feel he's all but set to be a Sun Devil. Johnson returned to Arizona after living in Washington, DC last year. Johnson is being recruited on both coasts, but has attended a number of Sun Devil practices and is thought to be the Devils' to lose. The other schools in the hunt are Maryland, Rutgers, Utah and North Carolina.

Fears that the Cats would not be able to recruit in Hawaii should be alleviated a bit with interest from Donny Mateaki. Mateaki is one of the two best players on the islands and considered a top tier recruit. Mateaki dominated opponents last season, accounting for 20 sacks despite constant double teams. At 6-5, 260 pounds, Mateaki is big and also runs a 4.8. Mateaki has a number of offers from western schools, including the Cats. USC leads slightly over Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Washington, Utah and Hawaii.

Pac-10 schools are all over Compton's Darrell Newsome. Newsome is known as a hard worker with great energy. He plays both tight end and defensive end, but most project him as a defensive end in college. Arizona will have to do a great job to steal him away from his other favorites, Nebraska, Wisconsin, USC and UCLA.


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