Hometown Athlete is a Cat

Going into last weekend the Arizona Wildcat coaching staff had yet to receive a commitment for the 2007 class. Over the weekend during the Wildcats camps the staff extended four new offer to athletes that proved worthy of an Arizona offer. Yesterday Hans Philipp and Bryson Beirne committed to the Cats and now you can add commitment number three for the staff, all coming from camp offers.

Buena High School standout athlete Devin Veal always knew where he wanted to go to school it was just a matter of getting that chance. This past weekend he got that chance and it did not take him long to jump at the opportunity he had been waiting for.

"I called and Coach (Joe) Robinson and Coach (Mike) Stoops and committed," the 6-foot speed burner said. "They were both excited but probably not as much as I am. I have always liked U of A and have always wanted to play there so when they offered me this weekend I knew right away that I was a Wildcat."

Veal is a Tucson area kid with strong ties to the Athletics Department. Devin's brother Ronald played for the baseball program and Devin has always been around and has witnessed the best the Wildcats program has had to offer. But even he had to admit that something different is going on in Tucson now.

"I remember the 90's when U of A was real good," he said. "They were really good for a while and it was fun to follow them and be a fan. But now something is different. There is excitement for football here now that I don't think has ever been here. Not even back then. Coach Stoops is building something and I am happy that I get to be a part of it."

Devin attended the UA Passing League last summer with his Buena teammates and it was then that he first put himself on the Wildcats radar.

"Last year they told me that they would keep a close eye on me because they thought I had a lot of potential," Veal revealed. "This year I think I had a good camp, I felt good out there the other day. Last year was good but I think this year I showed a lot more and that is why they wanted me."

Arizona Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Ends coach Joe Robinson recruits southern Arizona (outside of Tucson) for the Wildcats and he did a good job in recruiting Veal to be a Wildcat.

"Coach Robinson is a great guy," he said. "Getting to know him off the field and away from football has been fun. I love talking to him and all of the coaches. The whole staff is really down to earth and honest and really fun to be around."

Like his brother, Devin is a really good baseball player and is being recruited by some schools for baseball. But don't count on seeing Veal suit up for Andy Lopez and the BatCats.

"I would love to play baseball too but I think that it would be too hard for m to play both sports," he admitted. "I plan to most likely major in chemistry so between that and football I just don't think it would be a very good idea to play both sports and spread myself too thin."

Veal is the third Wildcat commitment of the 2007 class and is the third one to commit to the Cats after being offered at the camp. Veal was recruited as an athlete and could play wide receiver or defensive back. He prefers the offensive side of the ball.

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