Elite Juniors Visit Tucson, 'Skill Guys'

Now that the 2006 class is coming to a close and signing day is nearing the Wildcat coaching staff decided to hold their first of what could be many Junior Days to jump start the 2007 class. The Wildcat staff invited six of the state of Arizona's top seniors to be to visit this past weekend and all six showed up.

Yesterday we talked with the ‘Big Men' that were in town for Junior Day and today we talked to the three ‘Skill Guys' that were invited and showed up to Junior Day.

Paradise Valley (AZ) High School running back/athlete Michael Williams made the drive down Interstate-10 and had good things to say about the experience.

"I thought it went pretty good," said the 5-foot-10 inch, 192 pound Williams. "It was my first time going down there and I liked it a lot. It was more than I expected it to be. I can easily see myself playing there."

Williams plays running back for Paradise Valley and he would like to continue that trend in college but his high school coach thinks he may project better at a different position.

"I like to see myself as a pure running back," Williams said. "I would like to play running back in college but my coach thinks that I would probably get moved to cornerback or something in college. If that is what I have to do then I will definitely do it."

While in Tucson Williams did hang out with the coaching staff and spent some time with Arizona running backs coach Kasey Dunn and also linebackers coach Tim Kish, who recruits the Phoenix area for the Cats.

"I talked to Coach Dunn a lot and I like," he said. "I talked to him the most and he is a good guy. I also spoke with Coach Kish and he is a really nice guy. Really overall it was a good experience."

On the recruiting front Williams said that he has heard from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Utah, Cal, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Nevada. Williams has no current official offers as yet.

The other two skill positions players that were in town were not new to the Tucson area. Sierra Vista (AZ) Buena High School teammates Devin Veal and Kevin Stewart both made the short trip to Tucson and both also liked their experience.

"It went really good" Veal said. "I grew up liking the U of A and I had been there before but I saw a lot of new things and got to talk with the coaches a lot more this time."

Veal's brother, Donald, pitched for the Arizona Baseball program and is now in the Chicago Cubs farm system so being around the University of Arizona campus is nothing new to Veal.

"I went to their camp last year and got to experience that," he said. "I have seen it all before there you know since my brother went there. I have been to McKale and everything so I knew what to expect but it was better this time because I got to meet and talk more with the coaching staff."

Veal, who plays a little bit of everything for Buena, including quarterback, projects more as a wide receiver at the next level. With that in mind he spent some time with Arizona wide receiver coach Charlie Williams.

"I liked Coach Williams," he said. "He was a really nice guy and I liked talking with him. I don't really play receiver in high school because I play quarterback but I would love to give receiver a shot for sure."

On the recruiting front Veal has garnered attention from Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Georgia Tech for football. Like his brother Devin is a solid baseball player also and has received recruiting attention from Arizona State, USC, Virginia and Kansas State for his exploits on the baseball diamond.

Cornerback Kevin Stewart is kind of new to Arizona only having lived in the state for a few years. Stewart was born in Virginia and was mostly raised in Louisiana and is the son of a member of the United States Air Force.

"We moved around a little but I like it here," Stewart said. "I have been in Arizona since I was 13 I think so I have been here long enough to be around the U of A and like them. I liked going over there and talking to the coaches and seeing the facilities and everything, it was fun."

At 6-feet and 180 pounds Stewart has prototypical cornerback size and with legitimate 4.4 speed he is garnering major attention. During Junior Day he got to spend time with Arizona defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Mark Stoops.

"Coach Stoops is cool," he said. "Both of the Stoops are cool guys. We talked about what I could do there and everything. I like how they coach sine I saw them at the camp last summer. We are going back to the camp this year I think so I will get to talk to them more plus they are having another Junior Day next month and I will be back for that."

Recruiting wise Stewart says he has been receiving more and more mail lately from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Virginia, LSU and Cal among others.

It should be noted that of the six juniors that were invited to attend the initial Junior Day, all six showed up. It also should be noted that of the six young men, the lowest GPA of the group is a 3.3 and all of them are already planning on taking their qualifying tests in the very near future so naturally, none of these six young men should have any trouble qualifying for college.

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