Cats start early; Land first for '08

Recruiting has been one of the cornerstones of the Mike Stoops era of Wildcat Football. Arizona fans have become accustomed to the Wildcats getting hot early with recruits around the country and the Wildcats staff is off to a flying start for the 2008 class.

Chandler's Hamilton High School is one of the hotbeds for the best talent year in and year out in the state of Arizona and it happens to be the home of maybe the top junior prospect in the state in Athlete/Quarterback Gerrell Robinson.

Robinson was in attendance unofficially with his teammate and friend Glenn Love, who was on his official visit, for the annual rivalry game with Arizona State on Saturday.

"I have been to a few games and since Glenn was going down for his official visit I wanted to go," Robinson said. "The game was cool and I really liked everything I saw again. I got to spend more time around the coaches and everything and talk to some of the players and it was a good time."

Apparently it was a good enough time for Robinson to make an early call on where he will play his college ball.

"After spending time around the campus and the players and the coaches I decided to commit to U of A," he said. "I told Coach (Tim) Kish that I wanted to commit to U of A and he was really excited and he jumped on me and hugged me, it was cool."

According to Gerrell, Kish, who is his lead recruiter, wasn't the only Wildcat coach that was excited to hear the good news.

"After I told Coach Kish I told Coach (Mike) Stoops and he was really excited too," he commented. "He was excited and he gave me a hug."

Gerrell went on to admit that he did not make the trip to Tucson intent on pulling an early trigger but just felt that that it was the right time and the right place.

"Like I said, after spending time around all the players and the coaches I just kind of knew that I wanted to go to U of A," he said. "The campus is real nice and the facilities are some of the best in the country and the coaches are great too and I think it is just the right place for me to go. U of A is on the rise and that is where I want to be."

Many times when a verbal commitment is made so early the prospect waivers on their commitment but Gerrell went on to say that he knows where he wants to go.

"I know it is early and everything but my commitment is pretty solid," he said. "My commitment is solid."

Robinson is the first known commitment for the 2008 class and is the earliest commitment of the Mike Stoops era and is a great start to the class.

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