Cats add three...sort of

As expected, three junior college players faxed in letters of intent to the Wildcat football office on Wednesday. Officially, only two are in the fold.

James Tretheway and Gabe Long are officially Wildcats, but as of Wednesday night Louis Holmes was not officially signed. Arizona fans need not fear, Holmes did fax in his letter, but since he is under 21 his father had to send in a signed letter. His father resides in Tennessee and is unable to fax in the letter until Thursday.

Holmes confirmed his intention to become a Wildcat during an interview on Tucson's 1290 a.m. radio and it appears his becoming a Wildcat is just a formality.

Holmes is a 6-6, 270-pound defensive end from Scottsdale Community College and is rated as a five-star recruit by

One reason Holmes chose Arizona was the fact that fellow JUCO standout Gabe Long wanted to be a Wildcat. Long's letter is in and the five-star defensive tackle is in the fold.

"I am done, and I am officially a Wildcat," said Long.

Long originally signed with USC last year, but academic issues forced him to return to junior college and the second time out he chose Arizona over the Trojans.

"I am really excited for the future of Arizona Football," Long said. "I respect what Coach Stoops has done as a coach and he has a really good thing going down there."

Joining the two defensive standouts is offensive lineman James Tretheway. The 300 pounder is a three-star recruit, but was a first team JC Gridwire All-American.

I will be in Tucson next month," Tretheway said. All three are expected to compete for starting jobs in the spring.

A fourth junior college player has verbally committed to Arizona. Defensive back Nate Ness graduates in the spring and cannot sign a LOI until February.

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