Cats nab a fantastic foursome

It was a huge night for the Arizona Football team. The Wildcats received four verbal commitments from high school players, including instant help for the receiving corps. The Cats continiue to mine the Lone Star State, grabbing three of the players from Texas. The Wildcats now have 18 known commitments.

The Cats landed a pair of tall, impact receivers. Oakland's David Gray and El Paso's Mike Jefferson are going to become Wildcats.

"I committed last night," Gray said on Tuesday night. "I liked the campus a whole lot. I was impressed with the program as a whole."

Gray, from McClymonds High School, is 6-3 and runs a 4.5 in the forty. He is rated as the 44th best receiver in the country and could make an impact right away.

"The Coaches think I'm ready to come in and play, but they don't want to put too much pressure on me," Gray said. "I told them ‘I'm ready to work hard'. I want to play."

Jefferson had narrowed his choices to Arizona and Texas Tech, but chose the Wildcats. Jefferson is rated the seventh best receiver in the country. Like Gray, Jefferson is also 6-3 and expects to play right away.

"The coaches told me I have to show them that I can't play right away," Jefferson said.

Both Gray and Jefferson (along with Biren Ealy) give the Cats, tall, strong receivers they really haven't had in recent years. Bobby Wade and Andrae Thurman, the Cats' top returning receivers, are 5-11 and 6-0 respectively.

"I can out body a defensive back," Gray said of his size advantage. "I'm a big receiver with great leaping ability."

The Cats picked up talented running back Ra'Shawn Mosely of San Antonio (Southwest), Tex. The 5-11, 195-pound Mosely had a monster season, including rushing for 389 yards and six touchdowns IN ONE GAME.

Mosely runs a 4.4 and is rated as the 58th best running back in the nation and is considered one of the 100 best players in Texas.

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The Cats also landed a less heralded prospect. Copperas Cove, Texas linebacker John McKinney is going to suit up for the Cats. McKinney is 5-11, 205 and runs a 4.6 in the 40. He had 135 tackles as a senior. As a junior he had 126 tackles, 16 for loss, seven sacks and three forced fumbles. He also blocked several kicks during his high school career.


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