Cats land three, lose two others

When the smoke cleared the Wildcats gained their 21st fall commitment for the 2002 recruiting class. The only problem was that Wildcats had three players commit to Arizona following this past weekend's visit, but lost out on two players who had previously verballed to the Wildcats.

Kicker Nick Folk committed to the Wildcats before he left the campus this past weekend. Folk is a high school teammate of Tim Volk, a defensive end who had previously verballed to Arizona. The two were standouts at Sherman Oaks' Notre Dame High School.

Despite having a solid season, few schools offered Folk a full ride. One problem was that Notre Dame's high-powered offense only allowed Folk eight field goal attempts. Folk has a strong leg, connecting on a two field goals over 50 yards. When Arizona offered, Folk was quick to accept.

Arizona also brought in another big lineman. Keith Jackson, a 6-6, 300-pound lineman from Inglewood committed on Tuesday night. He informed the Wildcat coaches on an in-home visit. Jackson is a three-star recruit and considered the 50th best offensive line prospect in the nation. He can play either offensive guard or defensive tackle for Arizona.

"I loved it at Arizona," Jackson said following his visit. "The people there are real cool. I think I had more fun on this trip than any other and I think I fit in the best at Arizona."

Just as Arizona was gaining one lineman, they were losing another. Despite committing to the Cats, Elliot Vallejo took a visit to UCLA and decided to become a Bruin. Vallejo changes his allegiance despite the possibility of having to "grayshirt".

Arizona also lost out on Tristan Walker a running back from Claremont, California. Walker verballed to Arizona, and then backed off a bit. Due to an academic problem with a core class he has downgraded his interest in the Cats. Rather than take a foreign language in summer school he is now considering Texas A&M, Central Florida and others.

The Cats also got a commitment from Lamon Means a defensive back from Galena Park, Texas. Means could play either corner back or safety at Arizona. At 6-2, 195 pounds, Means is a big, fast player with excellent coverage skills.

Arizona is still awaiting answers from the other seven players who visited this weekend. Those players include Beau Carr (RB), Courtney Lewis (DB) and Tony Ugoh (OL) of Houston, Jamar Ransom (DB) of El Paso, and Shaun Harper (DB) and Marcus Smith (LB) of San Diego.


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