Big recruiting weekend for the Wildcats

Arizona may have lost a close football game, but they could be winners in the long run. The Wildcats hosted no fewer than 14 recruits. Although the weather was terrible and the game did not go as well as the team would have liked, they did get some very good news.

Before his visit DeSoto defensive lineman Donald Horton Jr. stated that the Wildcats were his favorite and that a good visit could all but ensure his visit. He told us that he would not commit on the trip and he was true to his word. Several recruits told us that Horton said he would probably make a decision on Monday, but they were wrong.

According to sources close to the program Horton committed to the Wildcats on Sunday night.

The 6-1, 250-pound Horton plays defensive tackle at DeSoto High School, but looks to be either a defensive end or linebacker at Arizona. Coaches have told him he could be tried at either but Horton has a favorite.

"I'd rather play linebacker," Horton confessed.

Horton was actually practicing at linebacker when Wildcat coaches first saw him practice, but has also strutted his stuff as a rush end and plugging the middle for DeSoto.

Horton indicated that he wanted to look at all of the small things around the program including the support staff, social life and academic programs. He also wanted to meet the players, primarily the younger players, and if he got along with them he felt a commitment would happen. Obviously he liked what he saw.

He will join at least two DeSoto teammates in Tucson. Corey Hall and Michael Thomas were making their second visit to Tucson. Both came out on unofficial visits back in July and committed. Both were back this weekend and the visit just confirmed what they already knew.

A fourth DeSoto player, safety Brian Jackson, also had a great visit. A few of the players who also made visits indicated that Jackson was saying that Arizona had really helped themselves with the visit.

Several other players made visit that from all indications went very well.

DT Trey Bryant loved his visit to Tucson. Coming into the weekend Bryan had favored BYU where his friends B.J. Mathis and Karland Bennett play. The Cats are now even with the Cougars and it could be interesting to see how this one plays out. Baylor has also been in the mix and Bryant has had a penchant for changing his favorites every few weeks.

Another Dallas-area commit, Xavier Kelly, also came on his official and he said that after the visit he is "absolutely committed" to the Wildcats.

Two other players made official visit. Wildcat commit Joe Baresi and Washington linebacker E.J. Savannah were also on campus. The Wildcats also got unofficial visits from Daniel Borg, Xavier Smith, Terry Longbons, Ekom Udofia and Jordan Lowe.

Future Wildcat quarterback William Tuitama has his team off to a 1-1 start. They started the season with a 22-21 loss to Jesuit then beat Stagg 49-0 on the campus of the University of Pacific. Against Jesuit Tuitama was an efficient 7-10 for 134 yards and a pair of scores. Wildcat recruit Anthony Crosby had four catches for 79 yards.

Terry Longbons had another monster game. He gained 222 yards on just 12 carries and scored six times. He had touchdown runs of 30,5, 14, 20, 50 and 20 for 3-0 Centennial.

Chris McGaha and his Moon Valley squad destroyed Cottonwood Mingus 64-7. McGaha had five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.

Chaparral, featuring Udofia, beat Richie Brockiel and Greenway 20-16. Udofia was put to good work as his coached switched from the 46 defense to a 3-4, allowing one of the nation's best defensive linemen to attack the quarterback.

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