Cats land two and are in the hunt for another

The Cats are thriving in Texas. The Wildcats have landed two Texas recruits and another one has the Wildcats in his top two. Which receiver is in the fold and which is considering the Cats strongly?

Biren Ealy, a 6-4, 185 pound receiver/defensive back from Cy Falls High School in Houston Texas has committed to the Cats. Ealy could make an impact on either side of the ball. He is rated as the 33rd best safety in the nations by TheInsiders and has also been considered a top-100 receiver by other sources.

As a receiver he caught 27 passes for 600 yards with two TD's in 2000 and surpassed those numbers in 2001. He is ranked as 94th overall player in Texas by

"Schools are looking at me on both sides, but most are recruiting me as a wide receiver," Ealy said. "That's where I really want to play."

On his visit Ealy stayed at the team hotel before the Stanford game and took part in team meetings.

Mike Jefferson a 6-3, 205 pound receiver from El Paso has narrowed his choices down to Arizona and Texas Tech. The Parkland High product is considered the seventh best receiver by TheInsiders.

The 4.4 speedster visited both schools and liked what he saw.

"I liked it (Arizona) a lot," Jefferson said. "I was impressed. I liked the coaching staff and players at both schools."

Immediate playing time is a "top priority" and he sees a chance to play right away at both schools.

"At Texas Tech there is a good chance I could be playing next year," Jefferson said. "At Arizona the coaches told me I have to show them that I can't play right away."

Jefferson is a big, tall, fast receiver who isn't resting on his laurels.

"I need to be stronger and faster. You can never be too strong or too fast."

Jefferson said that he and his grandmother will make a decision over the holidays.

The Wildcats also gained a commitment from linebacker/safety recruit Akin Akinniyi of Creekview High School in Carrolton, Texas. With 4.5 speed Akinniyi could play either safety or linebacker, but he'd need to put on recruit if he hopes to remain a backer. His commitment could have played a role in another Texas DB committing to ASU. Matt Fawley, who just the other night said that he was torn between the Cats and Devils, chose ASU. Fawley and Akinniyi have almost identical size.



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