Cats land JUCO talent

The conclusion of the Wildcats win over rival Arizona State on Friday was not the only thing to come to an end. The Wildcat careers of tight ends Steve Fleming and Clarence "Bam" McRae also came to an end at the final whistle. With little depth left on the roster the Arizona coaches turned their attention to the JUCO ranks to replenish the depth lost.

Over the weekend the Cat coaches hosted JUCO H-back/tight end/fullback Paul Nichols from Coffeyville Junior College in Kansas and Nichols pulled the trigger in favor of the Wildcats.

"Yes sir, I committed to Coach (Mike) Stoops this morning," said Nichols. "I committed to coach Stoops during my one on one meeting with him this morning."

Nichols mentioned that there were many things that made him decide with the overall program and the people being keys.

"I really like the people down there," he said. "The coaches are great coaches and they are all good guys too. They are not stuck up or anything, they are down to earth guys and I like them a lot. The game was amazing. It was a great game and the atmosphere was amazing."

Nichols talked about his host and how he hit it off with the current players.

"My host was Dane Krogstad, he is a real nice guy," he said. "Really, he and Pete (Graniello) are two of the big reasons I committed. The facilities are very nice and I met with the Strength coordinator and he is a good guy. Brandyn McCall, the tight end from California that visited, and I hit it off real well. He said that he is really thinking of committing and we were talking about getting a place together when we got there. I don't think he committed yet but he said that he wanted to talk to his parents first and make sure it was right. He bought a U of A hat while he was there so I think that is a good sign."

Nichols said that his mother took the trip with him and that she liked it as well.

"My mom is really happy that I am going to Arizona," he said. "My dad was going to come out too but I come back to Arizona next week for our bowl game so they he will come out then. We play next Saturday against Scottsdale in our bowl game."

Nichols reports other offers from Illinois, Kansas and Bowling Green as well as heavy interest from Kansas State.

"I never really liked Kansas State that much," he said. "They have been calling quite a bit and they called this morning I guess and talked to my dad but I am going to Arizona. I am committed and I am going to stick to it."

When it comes to what position Nichols will play, he says the UA coaches want him to do a variety of things for the Wildcats.

"I know they like me as a fullback and they want to use me in different ways," he said. "I met with Coach (Kasey) Dunn and he said that they would use me in all kinds of ways at fullback and tight end and h-back. He said they would maximize by athleticism."


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