Cats fare well in California

Arizona is quickly rounding out their recruiting class. Marcus Smith a LB/DE out of San Diego becomes the third Californian in the last two days to commit. He will be playing alongside fellow Californians Randy Jordan and Keith Jackson.

Smith commited to Arizona on Tuesday night, chosing Arizona over USC.

"I'm pretty excited about it. It was between them and USC. USC called Sunday night and said they wanted me to take an official visit and they would offer me on the visit. I said I had already been there twice on unofficial trips and there was no reason they couldn't offer me over the phone. So that was the end of that."

Smith was recruited by the Trojans as a tight end but will head to Arizona as a defensive end.

"I know I need to put some weight on but they told me they want me to come in and be ready to play right away," Smith said. "I'm going to be working out really hard this summer with my other teammates that are going Div I. We have a trainer that spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and he has a great program where you can really increase your speed, strength and endurance."

Smith also appears well suited to playing the Whip linebacker spot. The Whip's spend much of practice working with the defensive ends.

Randy Jordan a corner back from Bakersfield CC finally settled on Arizona after originally visiting in December. He is rated as the 23rd best junior college player in the nation. He chose the Cats over ASU.

Jordan's team mate at Bakersfield, James McGill visited this past weekend. A top-10 JC player, McGill originally verballed to Illinois, but is now wavering.

Keith Jackson, a mamoth lineman from Inglewood, Calif. told John Mackovic his intentions of being a Wildcat during a home visit on Monday night.

"I had a great trip to Arizona and they answered every question I had," Jackson said. "We talked for awhile and then I said, 'Coach, my mind is made up, I want to be a Wildcat.' Coach was real excited and so am I.

"I really wanted to get out of Los Angeles, see something new. Oregon was a good school too, but I really liked Arizona. They want me for offensive line and I'll most likely redshirt although if they want me to play as a true freshman, I'll be happy to help out."

Another offensive lineman seems to have put the Wildcats on the backburner. Tucsonan Stephen Berg has stated that UCLA and Arizona State are his leaders. The Wildcats heavily recruited the standout from CDO, but the loss is lessened by the fact that the Cats have already received commitments from six well regarded offensive linemen.

Brad Allis contributed to this story.

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