2002 Recruiting: Offensive Lineman

Last season Jason Johnson took a lot of hits. In an effort to keep their quarterbacks upright, the Wildcat have brought in a number of big, strong linemen. It appears as if the days of the 6-3, 290-pound linemen are over. The new trend seems to be 6-5+, and at least 300 pounds.

Matt Lamatsch

HT: 6-7
WT: 310
40: 4.52Rank: NR (****)
Home: El Dorado, KS (Butler County Community College

Lamatsch is a big, strong lineman who should make an immediate impact. Lamatsch is well regarded. He is the new breed of linemen that the Cats are trying to bring in. He is an early enrollee and is eligible for spring ball.

2002 Outlook: Lamatsch will come in and should be a starter on the line in 2002. Being able to participate in spring ball will give him a great chance to impress Wildcat coaches. Keith Jackson

Keith Jackson

Jackson, Keith

HT: 6-6
WT: 300
40: 5.3
Rank: 56 (***)

Home: Inglewood, CA(Inglewood HS)

A mammoth two-way lineman and one of the top lineman in the state of California on both sides of the ball, Jackson appears to be headed for the offensive side of the ball for the Cats. In addition to size, Jackson has good athleticism and is very strong. He should be a guard for the Cats. Chose Arizona over UCLA, Oregon and Wisconsin.

"I really liked Arizona," Jackson. "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."

2002 Outlook: Jackson has the talent to be a long term star for the Cats, but 2002 may very well be a learning year. Unless there is a dire need for the young guard, expect Jackson to redshirt and make an impact in 2003.

John Parada

Parada, John

HT: 6-7
WT: 305
40: 6.07
Rank:93 ()
Home: Alta Loma, CA (Alta Loma HS)

Parada is one of the biggest and best lineman on the West Coast. Athletic enough to play DE in high school. He had 70 pancake blocks as a junior and followed that up with 80 pancakes this year. Parada possesses a huge frame and is a very technically sound player. He is known for his toughness, good feet and great attitude.

2002 Outlook: Parada has the talent to be in the mix. The Cats have some talent at guard, so he may not be needed right away.

Kili Lefotu

HT: 6-5
WT: 305
Rank: NR (*)
Home: Riverside, CA (Arlington HS)

Lefotu came out of nowhere and had a dominating senior season. His rankings are all over the board. Some have him unranked, while other services have him as a top 10 offensive lineman on the West Coast.

2002 Outlook: Has the talent to contend for immediate playing time, but will he be needed? The competition at offensive line should be one of the most fun to watch this fall.

Tanner Bell

HT: 6-7
WT: 290
Rank: NR (*)
Home: Castroville, CA (North Monterey County HS)

Bell hurt his knee and slipped through the cracks. Arizona stayed on him and picked up a quick commitment. Has great potential. He is strong, smart and has the frame to pack on a lot of weight. Excellent student who benefits on the football field by playing basketball as he has excellent feet. He also looked at Oregon State and Utah.

"I have a real strong feeling that Arizona is the team of the 2000's," said Bell. "I feel we're going to compete for the Rose Bowl. That's the place for me to become my best."

2002 Outlook: Bell has size, ability and desire. Coming off a knee injury, Bell is a likely candidate for a redshirt in 2002. He has the potential to develop into something very special.


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