Cate's stock on fire, will visit Tucson

With the emergence of Richard Kovalcheck at the end of last season the quarterback spot looks to be in good hands for the next couple of years. Throw on Adam Austin and the spring that he had and the coaching staff now has two capable guys to man the position for 2006. Add to them incoming freshman Willie Tuitama and the coaches have to feel pretty comfortable about what has emerged at that vital position.

Mike Stoops and offensive coordinator Mike Canales have extended official offers to just two signal callers so far. This early in the process however it is becoming clear just who their top target is.

Cottonwood High School quarterback Alex Cate was the first quarterback Canales offered this recruiting period and Arizona was the first school to offer Cate.

"Arizona was the first to offer me quite a while ago," said the 6-foot-1 inch Cate. "It means a lot when a school is the first one to offer you it shows you that they did their homework and that they know what they are looking for."

During his junior season in 2005, Cate threw for 3586 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions while completing over 50% of his passes while playing for his father, Scott, who played collegiate football at the University of Utah. The junior season Alex was able to put together even impressed his dad, who is tough on any quarterback he coaches.

According to Cate's father, and coach, Scott, the U of A is making a great impression on both father and son.

"Arizona was the first to offer Alex back in the winter and they do an unbelievable job in recruiting," said the elder Cate. "Of all the schools that are recruiting Alex, he gets the most handwritten letters from Arizona. He has gotten them from every member of the staff; he has even gotten handwritten letters from the weight training staff. They do an incredible job of recruiting at Arizona. That is one hungry staff man. It is a great staff that will do some very good things."

Picking a school is not an easy thing for a 17 year old to do but Cate seems to be ahead of many in the recruiting game. He has set a loosely structured schedule for himself to make up his mind. He will pick a few schools and visit them over the summer and then will make his decision.

"I am going to try and narrow things down to maybe five or six schools by the summer," said Alex. "Then my dad and I are going to go out and visit all of those schools to see what they are all like and what they all have to offer. I want to have my decision made by maybe July if I can. I guess we will go to at least four schools but no more than six this summer. I don't want to have to be thinking about colleges during the year, I want to concentrate on the team and having a fun senior year."

Asked if Arizona was one of the lucky schools to get a visit from the Cates, Scott responded with a quick, "Definitely. As soon as school is out we will be visiting Arizona."

Said Alex, "Arizona definitely, and probably Nebraska and possibly LSU and maybe Kansas. Schools like Tennessee and Michigan and Miami are still going to come by the school so I still have schools to think about for sure."

With the Cates making their way to Tucson in the very near future, CatTracks will keep you up to date with Alex's decision making process.

This story is a very condensed version of a more in depth story on Alex and his father Scott. The whole story will appear in the newest edition of the Wildcat Insider.

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