Udofia discusses his visit

One of the best players in the nation resides in Phoenix. Just two months ago neither of the in-state schools were on his list. Now, as the season approaches, the University of Arizona is in the hunt. The top-50 player was in Tucson on Saturday night and got to see the Wildcats up close.

"It was pretty good," Udofia said of the visit. "I watched the game and they showed me all around. I had a good time."

Udofia, a 6-2, 290 pounder from Scottsdale Chaparral is among the nation's elite. The Insiders rank him as the fifth best defensive tackle in the nation and the 45th best player in the 2005 class. School Sport Magazine and the Sporting News tapped him as the 11th best player in America and the third best player in the West. Any way you look at it, Udofia is a top talent.

The Wildcats have slowly made up ground on the big time tackle. With Mike Stoops personally taking an interest in his recruitment, Udofia has taken notice of what is going on down I-10.

He came to Tucson on Saturday night to watch the Cats' scrimmage. He was able to spend time with the coaches, players and even some other recruits. After the trip Udofia said the Wildcats will continue to be a player in his recruitment.

"They did make a good impression," Udofia said. "I had a good time. My parents enjoyed themselves and liked what they saw. We were all real impressed."

Although the Wildcats are still in the hunt, they won't get an official visit from Udofia. With seven schools on his list, he'll save the paid trips for those locales that are further away. Right now it appears as if Miami, USC, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and LSU will get the officials, with Stanford getting an unofficial.

"I'm going to go back on a game weekend," Udofia said. "I'll spend a couple of days down there and take it all in."

As of now he has not decided when he'll make the trip.

As for Stanford, the Cardinal doesn't get an official visit because he is already familiar with the school. His older brother Udeme is a redshirt freshman linebacker in Palo Alto. Interestingly enough, Udeme is not doing the hard sell on his younger sibling.

"He's kind of letting me do my own thing," the younger Udofia said. "He'll guide me in the process, but he's going to let me decide. I'll get to sort it out myself."

The fact that Arizona has been doing so well in Phoenix has benefited them in their pursuit of Udofia. He knows current Wildcat commits Jordan Lowe and Terry Longbons of Peoria's Centennial High.

"I've been talking to Jordan for some time," Udofia explained. "Daniel Borg called me two nights ago and I saw him yesterday at the game. It's pretty interesting talking to them, they sort of give me an inside look at what is going on."

Academcs are very important to the whole Udofia family. They will be a major consideration when choosing a school. The football program itself is also important. The defensive lineman has a long list of criteria he is looking for.

"I'm looking for a good football program. I want to go against great competition. I want an opportunity to play early. I want a program with a great tradition."

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