A Look Ahead: Defensive Ends

The Cats did not get a great pass rush a year ago. Certainly, not all of that was on the defensive ends, but having great pass rushers on the corner can help. The Cats lose Andre Torrey, but not much else.

Starters Returning:Marcus Smith, Sr.

Others Returning:Jason Parker, So.; Copeland Bryan, Sr.; Chris Wilson Fr. (redshirt); Johnathan Turner (redshirt); Lionel Dotson, So. (may stay at DT)

Players Lost:Andre Torrey (graduation)

Recruits Added:Michael Shelton, Donald Horton, Garrett Fields (looks like he will probably play inside)

2006 Plans: The Cats lose two DE's and will probably add at least that many, if not more.


Donald Horton
DL, 6-1, 250
DeSoto HS, DeSoto, TX

46th ranked defensive tackle in the nation

Description:Plays nose guard for DeSoto, but will move to DE or even linebacker in college. With his speed and quickness he can he flat out wreak havoc. He draws the double quite a bit, especially when he lines up in the middle. He has a great motor and is strong, despite lacking bulk. He's just a guy that makes plays and has a knack for the ball.

Bio:One of three DeSoto players committed to Arizona. Horton played both nose guard and tight end this year. Despite lacking size he was ranked as one of the 11th best lineman in the state. Horton had over 15 offers and long favored the Wildcats, but was told by fellow Arizona signee Michael Thomas told him not to make a decision until he made his visit. He visited in September and committed within hours of getting home.

2005 Outlook:Horton will get a chance to play right away, but will mostly redshirt. He has to learn a new position and that is not easy. The big question is whether he will become a defensive end or a linebacker. Defensive end is more likely, but either way it will likely take time for him to adjust.

Quote: "I liked how the coaches were. They almost beat two top-25 teams and they don't have the type of personnel in place that they want to. That tells me the coaches really now what they are doing." --Donald Horton

Michael Shelton
DE, 6-4, 227
Dominguez HS, Compton, CA

16th ranked defensive end in the nation

Description:Shelton is an athletic, speedy rush end. He loves to use his speed to blow by offensive linemen, but has enough lower body strength that he can bull rush effectively as well. Shelton is also a terrific tight end, as well as a solid basketball player.

Bio: A first team all-league and all-CIF selection for the second straight year. Shelton finished the season with tackles, 20 sacks, five forced fumbles, and one batted pass. Dominguez advanced to the region championship game where they fell to Notre Dame HS. Shelton participated in the Cal/Florida All-Star game.

2005 Outlook: Shelton will likely redshirt in an effort to bulk up. Right now he is in basketball shape and is barely 220 pounds. The Cats will take a season to add the weight, while maintaining his great speed. He should be a factor in 2006 when the Cats will be replacing Marcus Smith and Copeland Bryan.

Quote:"I knew I wanted to go to Arizona. My mom wants me to go there and I have wanted to go there pretty much all along. I have speed, quickness, agility, and I work very hard. I watch a lot of film and am good at preparing myself." --Michael Shelton

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