Cats host three recruits this past week

Wildcat recruiting is really taking shape. The Cats continue to tinker with the 2004 class and are getting a jump-start on the 2005 class. They had three players visit over the course of the week, two linemen and a top prep linebacker all showed up on campus.

Even if you don't factor in last week's visit by William Tuitama and all of the players on campus for the Mike Stoops camps, the Wildcats still had a busy week in terms of hosting players.

Bill Wacholz was on campus this weekend making an official visit. Wacholz was sidelined for most of the 2003 high school season and did not receive any attractive scholarship offers. The big offensive lineman did not want to go the JC or small school route, so he crashed a junior college combine and performed well enough to garner offers from Arizona, Washington and Michigan State. He has visited Washington and now Arizona and has a visit scheduled next week for Michigan State.

He watched a lot of this weekend's camp, mainly the linemen portion and got a good look at offensive line coach Eric Wolford as he put a number of high school players through their paces.

Wacholz was joined on his visit by his father, who told people around the camp that his son was planning on taking his final visit to Michigan State before making a decision. Arizona was the leader last year before the injury and it seems as if the Cats are still the front runner, but there are no guarantees.

Wacholz is an impressive specimen. He's a good 6-6 and although he is over 300 pounds, he is solid. There is almost no baby fat on the young player, which is usually present on prep offensive linemen.

If he were to commit he'd be part of the 2004 class and would join the team in August.

Joining Wacholz in town over the weekend was another lineman. Junior college lineman Adam Haas of Yuba College was also on campus this past weekend. Haas is a good looking line prospect who is eligible to transfer in December and participate in spring ball.

The week's first visitor was all-everything linebacker Ryan Reynolds of Las Vegas, NV. Reynolds may be the best linebacker in the nation, and he was apparently in Tucson on Monday to take a look at the school. While it is a great feet to get the visit, excitement must be tempered just a bit because Reynolds has been taking numerous visits on his own dime. He has taken unofficial visits to Oklahoma, LSU, Florida, Miami and Wisconsin among others on the past few months.

Reynolds has been favoring the Sooners for quite some time, in part because he loves the Oklahoma style of defense. The Wildcats have to hope that he realizes one of the main architects of said defense is now the head football coach at Arizona.

As of now the Cats haven't received a commitment from any of these visits, but it has certainly been a busy week.

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