Cats land first 2006 commit

367 days ago the Arizona Wildcats got off to a great start on the class of 2005 when quarterback Willie Tuitama pulled the trigger and said he was going to be a Wildcat. All this past weekend Cat fans have been logging on to see if the coaches could duplicate that feat and land another top prospect early in the process.

With the Mike Stoops camps starting this past Saturday and a slew of talented prospects coming in it was a good bet to expect a commitment coming out of the weekend.

One of the top offensive line prospects the coaches targeted was Palos Verdes Peninsula high school lineman Colin Baxter. The Cats offered Baxter in March and have been near the top of his list since he received the offer.

Baxter was in Tucson this weekend for the Stoops camps and he liked what he saw. He liked it so much that he decided to become the first member of the Arizona class of 2006.

"I did it," the 6-foot-3 inch, 293 pound Baxter said. "I called coach (Eric) Wolford and committed and then I called coach (Mike) Stoops and committed. They were both real excited when I told them. I talked to coach Wolford for about 20 minutes and then my mom talked to him."

Baxter's mother accompanied her son to Tucson for the unofficial visit and she came away impressed with what she saw also according to Colin.

"My mom liked it a lot down there too," he said. "She liked everything about the school and she encouraged me to commit. After the trip I knew it was where I wanted to go."

While in Tucson, Baxter got to tour the facilities and meet with academic support staff members and he came away impressed with everything that he saw.

"I just liked the school," he said. "They have a very good academic support program. All of the players that I met told me how good it was. I saw the facilities and everything just felt right when I was down there."

According to Baxter, the Wildcats have been near the top of his list all along and even if other schools were to come in and offer him he would not change his mind.

"I also liked Cal but if they came and offered me now I would not change my mind," Colin said. "I had my top schools and everything just felt right down there."

Since he participated in the camp Baxter was able to get a first hand impression of line coach Eric Wolford and he said that he likes the young coach's style.

"Coach Wolford is real intense and I like that," he said. "He is a real intense guy and I like that. I feed off that intensity real well so I like it."

Baxter went on to say that he will set up his official visit for some time this fall so he can head back to Tucson. He hold a 3.4 GPA and recently took both the SAT and the ACT but has yet to receive his scores. He has no plans on a major yet and will enter college with an undeclared major.

Colin measured in at 6'3, 293 pounds and ran a 5.4 40 this weekend. He has a bench max of 315 and a squat max of 415.

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