Another Big Recruiting Weekend

If you even half way follow Arizona Football recruiting then you surely know what has been happening since early summer. Mike Stoops and his young staff has been able to secure commitments from 18 top prospects from around the country. The Cat coaches have secured verbals from players from five different states, including four from the home state of Arizona. The total includes 14 commitments from high school prospects and an additional four from JUCO prospects.

Of the four JUCO commitments Arizona has received so far, two were recently named First team JC-Gridwire All-Americans. Safety/Cornerback Michael Johnson from Tyler, Texas Community College and Yuba (CA) College offensive tackle Adam Hawes earned the first team honors.

With 18 scholarships spoken for that leaves a precious few for the remaining targets on the Wildcat coaches' recruiting board. This weekend the Wildcat coaches are hosting 10 prospects in the final official visit weekend before the holiday dead period that lasts until after the first of the year.

Six of the ten visitors this weekend have already given their verbal commitments to the Arizona coaches and are using their trips to Tucson to make sure they made the correct decision.

Peoria (AZ) Centennial High School teammates RB Terry Longbons and OG Jordan Lowe, Tucson (AZ) Sunnyside RB Xavier Smith, Tucson (AZ) Ironwood Ridge OL Daniel Borg, Garland (Texas) South Garland C Blake Kerley and Fort Worth (Texas) Dunbar S Brandon Tatum are all in Tucson this weekend to shore up their verbal commitments to the Cats.

With the graduation of Seniors Steve Fleming and Clarence McRae the Wildcats will be in need of additional help for their vacated positions. They will have some help coming in the form of JUCO commitments Brandyn McCall and Paul Nichols but the Cat coaches would undoubtedly like to add a high school prospect as well.

Three of the other four visitors this weekend are for the position of need. Bellflower, California High School's Edward Dickson, Carlsbad, California High School's Vic So'oto and Puyallup, Washington High School's Adam Grant are all high profile tight end recruits.

The tenth and final visitor is also at a position of great need for the Wildcats. Grossmont College defensive tackle Dallas Mauga is also visiting Arizona this weekend. It is no secret that Arizona is in the same positions most schools are, in need of JUCO help on the defensive line. Mauga would be huge pickup at the position as he also earned First Team JC-Gridwire Al-American status.

Starting Sunday night Cattracks will have updates on the trips for all of the prospects that are in town.

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