Cats lose out on three recruits

The Wildcats were dealt a huge blow when three key recruits verballed elsewhere. In an effort to bolster a depleted defensive line the Wildcats were trying to raid the Junior College ranks. They are in the hunt for a number of prized JUCO's, but three of the best are going elsewhere.

Carl Tuitavuki, a 6-4, 325 pounder from Ricks JC in Idaho and Scott Young, a 6-5, 300 pounder from Dixie College both visited BYU this weekend and agreed to become Cougars. The pair shunned immediate playing time in the Pac-10 for immediate playing time on a horrible Cougar defense.

Both players visited Arizona a few weeks back and were considered Wildcat leans until the trip to Provo.

Tuitavuki was rated as the No. 59 JC prospect in the nation and was also considering Arizona State. Young was an even more highly touted player. had him tabbed as the 12th best JUCO player in the country. Before the Cougars stepped up, the Cats and South Carolina were in the thick of it.

Linebacker Pasha Jackson of San Francisco CC appears to have chosen Oklahoma. The 6-3, 230 pound standout was seriously considering Arizona. Jackson had mentioned the friendliness of the people of Norman as well as feeling comfortable with the OU campus as a major factor.

Wide receiver Antwuan Smith of Clovis, (Buchanan) Calif., who was still listed by some as having the Cats on his radar screen, has in fact removed Arizona from consideration.

In better news, big offensive line prospect Keith Jackson is still listing the Cats among his favorites. Following a visit to Wisconsin this weekend, the 6-6, 300 pound lineman from Inglewood, Calif. lists the Badgers, Cats and Oregon as his three favorites. The promising news is that Jackson has yet to visit Arizona, and will be in Tucson in mid January.

Wide receiver David Gray of Oakland was in Tucson over the weekend. It appears as if his visit went rather well, and Arizona could be tough to beat.

The Cats are still said to be in the hunt for a number of JC players and are said to be holding off offering some less touted players until they find out what other prospects are doing. With the commitments of Tuitavuki and Young to BYU, other players may wind up with offers. One player who is rumored to be waiting is Sean Tidwell, who is said to favor the Cats but is still awaiting an offer.

Signing day for JC players is Wednesday the 19th.



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