Cats looking at a number of talented QB's

Last year at this time Arizona had a commitment from quarterback Ryan O'Hara which started off a very solid recruiting class. This year the Wildcats are looking for another elite quarterback to push the well-regarded O'Hara and speedy Nic Costa in 2003. Although a number of signal callers are being considered, here are a few of the Wildcats' favorites.

San Diego's Richard Kovalcheck has the Cats on his radar screen. The 6-2, 205 pound signal caller has impressed everyone at the summer camps. Kovalcheck has served noticed that he's back from an ACL injury that he suffered after eight games last season. Despite missing time, he passed for just under 2000 yards and 21 touchdowns after throwing for 2,500 yards and 30 scores as a senior. The Wildcats have offered and are in the mix with a number of other Pac-10 schools plus San Diego State and Colorado.

Provo, Utah's Michael Affleck (pictured above) is in the heart of BYU country, but could wind up a Wildcat. Affleck is big (6-3, 239) but still very athletic. He has been impressive everywhere he has gone, but still remains a lot of team's secondary choice. He camped with Arizona, Arizona State and USC, but so far only Colorado has offered.

"I camped at Arizona and Arizona State and they both said they liked me but I think they have some other guys rated ahead of me right now," Affleck told PacWest football. "I really like USC a lot, they're my top choice but they said they would only offer me if I go on a mission (Mormon) which I don't want to do."

His father was a quarterback at BYU but as of now USC leads with the Cats, Devils and the Buffs. Utah and Oregon are also involved.

Like the rest of the nation, the Wildcats covet Kyle Wright, but it may be very difficult to lure the top quarterback prospect away from the big boys. Arizona coaches are still pursuing Wright despite the fact that he lists USC, Miami, Texas and Tennessee as his top schools. Wright is deadly accurate (61% completions as a junior) and has one of the quickest releases folks have seen in a while.

Although not as highly rated as some of the other quarterbacks, the Cats appear to be involved with Adrian Alaniz of Sinton, Texas. Although he was District offensive player of the year and was all-South Texas quarterback as a junior, many recruiting services are not high on him. At 6-1 he isn't the tallest quarterback, but he gets the job done on the field. Baylor has offered, but both the Wildcats and the Sun Devils appear to be interested.

Arizona has looked to the east coast for another prospect. Described as a "prototypical pocket passer" the Wildcats have offered Marcus Stone of Harrisburg, Penn. Stone appears to be wide open, but the 6-4, 230 pound quarterback may be waiting for offers to start coming in. He had early offers from the likes of Pitt, Maryland and North Carolina State, but many of the big boys are starting to show him a lot of interest. Early playing time will be a definite factor in his decision.

Another great California quarterback that the Wildcats like is T.C. Ostrander. The heady Ostrander has a top five and as of now the Wildcats are on the outside looking in. Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State, Virginia and USC are his current favorites, with the Wildcats in the next group looking in. Ostrander carries a 4.0 gpa and academics are very important to him.

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