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Signing Day 2004: Offensive linemen

Arizona has been thin on the offensive line for the past few seasons. Last year they had to start a walk-on at the end of the season. The Cats will try to remedy this by adding five offensive linemen in this recruiting class.<BR> Follow Mike Stoops' signing day press conference in the <A href="http://arizona.theinsiders.com/3/chat.html">CAT TRACKS CHAT ROOM.</A> We'll have full highlights, discussion and the latest updates on who signed and who didn't.

Starters Lost: (1) Reggie Sampay Sr
Starters Returning: (4) Keoki Fraser Sr, Chris Johnson Sr, Kili Lefotu Jr, Tanner Bell Jr
Others Returning: (6)Phil Clark RS-Jr, Ismael Garcia RS-Fr, Peter Graniello RS-Fr, John Parada So, Tom Robinson Sr, John Abramo Jr
Status Unknown: Brandon Phillips Sr*, Keith Jackson So**
*Phillips is apealing for a sixth year of eligibility
**Jackson was suspended last fall and is awaiting word on his status

Sheldon Watts
OL, 6-3, 270
Hightower high School, Sugar Land, TX

Watts is a tall, aggressive lineman who has a reputation for pancake blocks. He played tackle in high school, but where he winds up in college could depend a lot on how much he bulks up. He's versatile enough that he can probably play any position on the line. The all-region player started on Hightower's varsity squad the past two seasons after getting called up in time for playoffs as a freshman. His team finished 9-4 overall and advanced to third round of playoffs this season where it lost to Nimitz, 14-13. The Cats beat out ASU and Iowa State for his services.

2004 Role: Watts is a little undersized, but he will be given a good shot at earning a job. The most likely scenario is that Watts will take a year to bulk up and then contend for playing time as a redshirt freshman.

Quote: "A lot of these coaches are telling me I have a great motor and am nasty. They say I'm very quick, athletic and could probably play any position on the offensive line."–Sheldon Watts

Jeremy Perry OL, 6-3, 290 Kahuku (High School), Hawaii Perry was the Honolulu Advertiser's Offensive Player of the Year and a vital member of the Hawaii state championship team. He helped seven different ball carriers combine for more than 2,700 yards rushing. Described as an aggressive blocker, Perry was a utility player on the line. He played center, guard and tackle, even on the same offensive series. He was also considering Hawaii and Michigan.

2004 Role: Perry has been told that he has a shot to start as a true freshman and he is the most likely of the incoming freshman to get a shot. He has great size and aggressiveness.

Quote:"If one player means most to our success, it's him."--Kahuku coach Siuaki Livai in the Honolulu Advertiser

Joseph Longacre
OL, 6-5, 315
Katy (Texas), High School

Longacre was the mystery man of the 2004 class. He and his parents went out of their way to keep him away from the media so he could focus on his senior season. Longacre's team competed for the Texas 5A Championship and he was named as one of the 36 players from high schools in the Houston area to represent Team USA in the NFL Global Junior Championship games. He was also invited to play in the Texas-Louisiana All-star game. He carries a 3.3 GPA and is quite serious about his academics. Nicknamed "JoJo".

2004 Role: Longacre has D-I size already and it will be quite interesting to see if he has the technique and strength to compete right away.

Quote: "Everything felt right. The college setting, campus atmosphere, etc. were all what I was looking for." – Joseph Longacre

Edwin Rollman
OL, 6-4, 280
Burnett (Texas) High School

Rollman has the size, strength and footspeed to play either guard or tackle in college. He has a solid wide body and tremendous footwork to hold his own throughout the afternoon. He's not the fastest guy in the 40, but he's very quick. A less than stellar 40 time may have kept him from getting the elite offers, despite a great Nike Camp showing. He still had offers from Notre Dame and Purdue after getting early interest from most of the Big 12.

2004 Role: More than likely Rollman will take a year to get stronger and improve his speed. However, with his quickness and technique, don't be shocked if he doesn't make a run at playing time.

Quote: "He's not a jug-butt or a jelly belly. He's the real deal. He's pretty stout, strong, and going to make somebody a good one."--Burnett coach Bob Shipley

Dillon Hansen
OL, 6-5, 285
Las Cruces (New Mexico) High School

Hansen is a bit of a sleeper coming from Las Cruces, not exactly a hotbed of football talent. Hansen is one of the best players in the state of New Mexico. He was named Associated Press All-State first team as a two-way player. His father lives in Tucson and that was a major reason he selected the Wildcats over Texas Tech, New Mexico and New Mexico State.

2004 Role: Since Hansen is sort of a sleeper, it is hard to judge how ready he will be to compete. He has not played against the best competition and he seems to need a little weight, so the safe bet is that he will use a redshirt.

Quote:"It's a real nice school. I like the staff, plus my dad lives real close to campus."–Dillon Hansen

Daniel Espinoza
OL, 6-0, 285
Los Alamitos (California) High School

Despite being undersized, Espinoza was a standout at the SoCal Nike Camp last summer. Reports list Espinoza as being somewhere between 6-0 and 6-2 and the lack of height is a major reason he lacked the offers to compliment his accomplishments on the field. Espinoza has family in Tucson, including an older brother who is a student at the UofA. He can play either guard or center and most recruiting services list him as an offensive lineman, but with his height, don't be shocked if he projects to defense in the long run.

2004 Role: Expect Espinoza to redshirt as the Cats try to figure out where he will play. He has a lot of position flexibility, but he seems to be better suited for the interior defensive line.

Quote: "Daniel is the strongest player on our team and a two year starter. He plays guard but could also play center in college because of his height. He has played well this season."–Los Alamitos assistant head coach Barry Sherr.


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