Cats football class in the top-10

Arizona is off to one of their best, if not their best recruiting class in school history. What Mike Stoops and his staff have done over the past few months has been nothing short of remarkable. Arizona fans are excited, but what do national recruiting analysts think of the haul.

On Monday the analysts at scout.com released their class rankings and the Wildcats fared very well.

Scout.com's Team Recruiting Rankings include rankings for all 117 Division I-A football teams. The rankings include conference summary data and breakouts of the top classes by position. The rankings are sortable by such criteria as number of commitments, number of Scout.com Hot 100 members, five-star commitments, offensive commitments, defense commitments and more.

The rankings can be viewed at the following web page:

TEAM RECRUITING RANKINGS

The Wildcats check in at No. 9 in the initial list. The Cats received 1002 points with an average tanking of 3.16 stars per recruit. Interestingly enough, the Cats are currently the top team in the Pac-10. The conference checked in at No. 5 in the conference rankings and are joined by USC (No. 11), Cal (No. 19) and UCLA (No. 22) in the top-25.

Several individual positions rank very well. Thanks to William Tuitama, the Wildcats are No. 15 at quarterback. Xavier Smith and Terry Longbons allow the Cats to earn a No. 10 rating.

Six offensive linemen have the Cats solidly at No. 3. If potentially undervalued Jordan Lowe could earn a third star, the Cat could challenge for the top spot.

The only defensive spot the Cats earn a top-15 rank is at defensive back, where they check in at No. 9. The Cats should move up at a few defensive spots as they close out their class with some quality players.

\ The Scout.com rankings are updated at least daily, early morning, until national signing day, Feb. 2, 2005. The previous day's commitments and de-commitments are reflected in each team's revised rankings.

"We are tremendously excited for our users on our network. They demand the best in recruiting coverage and we are driven by their passion," Scout.com Product Manager Keith Haynes said.

The Team Recruiting Rankings are driven by evaluations headed by Scout.com's national football recruiting analysts Jamie Newberg and Allen Wallace, who also publishes the venerable Superprep Magazine. They head a team of analysts across the country, who evaluate and rank prospects at hundreds of high-school football games, off-season combines and camps on college campuses and by reviewing miles of game film.

Scout.com is considered the industry leader in the coverage of college prospects and is the official content and selection partner of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the associated U.S. Army National Combine for underclassmen. The network also syndicates its recruiting rankings and content to FOXSports.com, SportsIllustrated.com, SportsLine.com and Yahoo! Sports, reaching more than 38 million sports users per month.

"Scout.com has the nation's top scouts," said Glenn Nelson, Scout.com's editor-in-chief. "The group has more than 100 years of combined experience and is committed to working as a team to produce the best and most accurate evaluations possible. The team rankings feature only is as true-to-form as the data on which they are based. Ours is based on the best data available."

Newberg said, "We work very hard to come up with the best evaluations and so much goes into the rankings of prospects - scouting games, camps, combines, practices and, of course, watching countless hours of game film and highlight tapes. It's a constant and fluid situation and the individual player ratings evolve month to month. Here, we are near the finish line and that hard work will be seen via our new feature - automation of the team recruiting rankings. We are so excited to add this important feature to the Scout.com network."


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