With the recent commitment of JUCO All-American Will Tukuafu, who has three years of eligibility left, the Cats are off to a good start in recruiting for the defensive line. Even though scholarships somewhat limited this year the Cats are still looking to add at least two more linemen.
One such lineman also happens to be the best in state defensive linemen in Chandler, Arizona High School end Cameron Jordan. Jordan took an official visit to Tucson this past weekend and he gave his visit to the Old Pueblo high marks.
My visit went real well," commented the three star Jordan. "I got to get on a much more personal level with the coaches and it was a very enlightening trip. I got to see the town and the campus and the facilities and everything was just great. I was surprised at just how big Tucson really is. I thought the campus and everything was going to be small but it wasn't, I liked it a lot."
Jordan was hosted by a fellow Cameron, freshman defensive back Cameron Nelson.
"Cam was my host," he said. "He is a good guy. He is definitely a cool guy. We hung around and saw the facilities and the weight room is just amazing. I mean it is just out of this world, it is definitely the coolest thing that I saw."
Jordan is being recruited by the Wildcats linebackers coach and lead Phoenix area recruiter Tim Kish and according to Jordan the two have developed a solid relationship.
"Coach Kish is a real cool guy," he remarked. "He always keep is real with me and he doesn't mess around at all. He is a very funny guy too. I talked to him at length and while I was down there and I talk to him once a week and he is a real good guy."
Jordan projects by some as a pure defensive end and by others as a three technique defensive tackle. With that in mind he has gotten a chance to meet with Arizona d-tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo.
"I talked to Coach Tui when I was there and he is a great man," he said. "This summer I went to the non contact camp down there and I met him there. He is a real cool guy and a real hands on and good coach."
In his one on one meeting with Head Coach Mike Stoops the prospect of red shirting as a freshman was discussed and Jordan agreed with the Wildcats head man in that he needs to red shirt.
"All linemen should red shirt is what Coach Stoops told me," said Jordan. "I agree with him. I mean at 17 or 18 years old it is hard to be physically able to match up with guys three or four years older than you. They have been getting bigger and stronger in the strength program in college and they have a big advantage on you."
While Jordan likes to play defensive end he knows that his future just might be inside the line at tackle and he accepts that possibility.
"The U of A coaches told me that they like me at end," he said. "But they also told me that I could keep getting better and be able to play a lot inside and be a pass rushing tackle and I like that. I think I can do that and if I keep growing and getting bigger there is no reason to think that I couldn't move inside and be just as successful."
Jordan went on to say that he has a major in mind but he is just not sure about what area of specific interest yet.
"I know I want to major in Business," he said. "I don't know if I want to major in Business Management or Administration or what yet. There are so many areas within the Business college that I just don't know exactly yet. I know U of A has a very good Business school so that is a huge plus for them as well."
Jordan has taken an official visit to Oregon State and says that he will visit Cal-Berkeley officially and then possibly Colorado, although he is unsure of the Colorado visit as yet. He said that those four schools comprise his final four list of schools.
WildcatInsider.com will keep in close contact with Cameron as he nears his decision.