Two players still on the radar screen

Signing day came and went, but recruiting has not ended. The Cats have apparently signed a 21st player, but may not be able to add him to the roster just yet. The Cats could add a 22nd player to the class, but they'll have to wait a little longer.

The Jeremy Perry saga continues. The big offensive lineman was supposed to sign with a school on Wednesday, but was torn between Arizona and Hawaii. Despite signing letters for both Arizona and Hawaii, Perry faxed neither. He left school Wednesday afternoon saying he wanted to sleep on the decision. That decision will have to wait a little longer.

According to Brandy Burke, Kahuku High School's sports information director, Perry will take the weekend to make his decision. She said he wants to sleep on it some more and would like to make a final decision by next Wednesday.

Perry originally verballed to the Wildcats on Tuesday, but changed his mind and made a pledge to Hawaii on Wednesday morning. He attended a signing ceremony at the school's gymnasium where he was presented with three letters and he was visibly torn before he signed the letter for Hawaii. Despite inking his name, Perry never faxed the letter and is still wide open.

Burke told Cat Tracks via e-mail that the situation had been "stressful" for not only Perry, but many at the school who are very fond of the young man who is really wrestling with the decision.

Perry was named the Offensive Player of the Year by the Honolulu Advertiser and was a key player on the Red Raiders' state championship team.

According to sources close to the program, the Cats have received a letter of intent from Kilgore, TX defensive lineman Byron Smith. Normally the signing of a talented JC defensive tackle would be big news, but Smith has some baggage.

Officially the UA has made no statement on Smith and there has been no official confirmation from Smith or the university that he has sent the letter in.

Smith was arrested in conjunction with a robbery at a Henderson, TX liquor store. Smith was one of four people arrested in the incident and according to police documents he was the first person apprehended and identified the three other suspects. According to the same documents Smith was the lone person allegedly involved who was not carrying any of the stolen money.

It is not known if charges will be filed against Smith, but he was dropped by Nebraska after the incident.

According to sources within the athletic department, Smith would not be admitted to the UA if investigators in the case deem him to be an active participant in the robbery. Other sources have said that he has maintained that he did not know what was taking place until it was too late and that is why he left the scene separately from the other suspects and was so cooperative with police.

The story is far from finished for both Perry and Smith and it will be interesting to see how it turns out.

Photo courtesy of Brandy Burke, sports information director at Kahuku High School.

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