2002 Recruiting: Defensive Line

No position were more critical for the Cats this recruiting season than the defensive line. The Cats lacked numbers last season and were hurt further with graduation. The Cats managed to bring a load of talented player, althought most of them were are defensive end and not the much needed defensive tackle spot.

Carl Tuitavuki

DT Carl Tuitavuki

HT: 6-4
WT: 325
40: 4.52
Rank: NR (****)
Home: Rexburg, ID (Ricks College)

Tuitavuki's road to Arizona has been a wild one. He originally appeared headed to BYU. Then signed a letter of intent with the Cats, only to learn that he couldn't transfer to either school until August. He then returned his interest to BYU, before again verballing to Arizona. He is the impact DT the Cats desperately need for 2002.

2002 Outlook: Tuitavuki should be penciled in to start next to Young Thompson on the line next year. He is a big, strong, aggressive DT that the Cats have been needing.

Tim Volk

Tim Volk

HT: 6-3
WT: 250
40: 4.7
Rank: 53 (***)
Home: Sherman Oaks, CA (Notre Dame HS)

Volk is one of the top defensive linemen on the West Coast and plays with a fire and passion rarely seen at the high school level. He got into a fight during practice for a post season All-Star game. Volk is a bit undersized, but can bulk up to be a stellar end.

"I'm not the biggest defensive lineman in the world, but when you look at some of the defensive ends that have played at Arizona, guys like Teddy Bruschi, I'm about the same size as them," Volk said. "Plus the depth chart is wide open for me to come in and play as a true freshman."

2002 Outlook: Volk will be thrust into the fight for one of the DE positions. With only Fata Avegalio returning, the race should be one of the most intense and competitive ones. Volk's attitude could give him an edge.

Paul Phillip

HT: 6-3
WT: 260
Rank: 62 (***)
Home: San Bernardino, CA (San Bernardino HS)

Phillip was hurt as a junior, but came on strong as a senior to earn All-League honors. Phillip has shown the ability to fight of blocks and make big plays. He is very quick and has great instincts.

2002 Outlook: A very similar situation to that of Volk. He should be fighting for playing time at defensive end. He could stand to put on some weight, but has all the necessary tools to make an impact.

Marlon Brisco

HT: 6-4
WT: 220
Rank: NR (*)
Home: Inglewood, CA (Morningside HS)

Brisco is an undersized, but tenacious rush end. Earned 1st team All-League and All-Area honors after totaling 21 quarterback sacks this past season. Brisco is very athletic and could be a factor if he bulks up. 2002 Outlook: Brisco will probably need 2002 to put on some weight. At 220 pounds, he clearly needs to gain some size to compete in the Pac-10. His athletic ability may make him a force for the future.

Marcus Smith

HT: 6-4
WT: 215
Rank: NR (*)
Home: San Diego, CA (Mission Bay Senior HS)

As late as Tuesday night it appeared that Smith was headed to USC, but in the end he stuck with the Cats. Great speed and explosiveness, Smith player LB in high school but may be a DE in college. He had 105 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 INT's and 5 forced fumbles a year ago. Has the frame to bulk up to 260-270 pounds. He is also a great basketball player, averaging 17 points and 16 rebounds a game.

"I signed with Arizona," Smith said. "I wanted to stick with my first choice and the fact that Arizona was loyal to me and stuck with me all year and was the first to offer me, that was important to me."

2002 Outlook: Smith is likely to use a redshirt this season to gain size and get used to the Wildcat system. He has great ability and a great attitude. He also has ‘position flexibility' and could also play LB, WHIP or TE. He may be hard to keep off the field.

Andrae Torrey

HT: 6-3
WT: 240
Rank: NR
Home: Oakland, Calif. (Laney CC)

Torrey is an unheralded DE from Oakland, who will come in and try to impress coaches this spring. He has a lot of athletic ability and was a solid performer at Laney. May be able to bulk up a bit before the start of next season.

2002 Outlook: Torrey enrolled in January and will try to make an impression during spring practice. With the DE position wide open, the JC transfer will have a great chance at playing this fall.


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