Mixed results in Wildcat recruiting

College football recruiting is always a crazy ride. There are always ups and downs. The past few days have seen the Cats land some good players, while missing out on other players. The Wildcats have landed a terrific class to date, but missed out on a key player.

Ryan Boschetti, the second best junior college prospect in the nation, chose UCLA over Arizona in what proved to be a difficult decision. Boschetti, a standout from San Mateo (Calif.) Junior College, made his final decision at around 10:00 Tucson time, after still being undecided just a few hour earlier.

The 6-4, 285 pound defensive lineman would have been in the mix at defensive end and help shore up a thin unit for the Wildcats. Instead he will play for conference rival UCLA.

Arizona did land two other well-regarded junior college standouts.

Tight end Javier Martinez from Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. has agreed to become a Wildcat. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder will be in the mix along with senior James Hugo, junior Justin Levasseur, sophomore Steve Flemming and incoming freshman Matt Padron.

The Cats also landed Peni Holakeituai from Ricks Community College. The mammoth offensive tackle also played defensive line as a freshman and could be in the mix on either side of the ball. Holakeituai is considered the 30th best junior college player in the country.

The Cats also got a commitment from another Ricks standout. Unfortunately it was discovered that Holakeituai's teammate Carl Tuitavuki was one class shy of enrolling this spring at Arizona. With an early enrollment no longer possible the 59th ranked JUCO prospect will decide between Arizona and BYU between now and February signing day.

The Cats appear to have signed another standout high school offensive lineman. According to his brother, Elliot Vallejo is going to be a Wildcat. The 6-8 300-pound offensive lineman from Palma High School in Salinas, Calif., was unavailable to confirm his brother's report. If he did indeed commit, he chose the Wildcats over Washington State and Washington. He is rated as the #90 offensive lineman in the nation.

The Cats are still in the hunt for a few other junior college players.

Cornerback Randy Jordan, a 6-2, 175-pound standout from Bakersfield (Calif.) College has been a Wildcat lean for some time. Jordan is the 23rd rated JC prospect. He is also said to be considering ASU and Fresno State.

Scott Young, another Ricks product, gave a "soft verbal" to BYU, but according to jcfootball.com he is still considering Arizona and South Carolina. Even though the Cats and Gamecocks are still in the lead, the Cougars are still the favorite to land the 12th rated JC player.

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