Signing Day 2007...The Wide Receivers

Although the Wildcats lost just one scholarship wide receiver to graduation, the position was still a great need for the team. The Cats are set to bring in a pair of receivers, are awaiting word on a third, and have two other athletes that could wind up catching the ball.

Sonny Dykes is bringing in an offense that utilizes numerous wide receivers. The Cats have a number of young, promising players in the system, but only Mike Thomas and Anthony Johnson are proven players.

The Cats brought in a trio of young receivers in last year's recruiting class, but Terrell Reese, Terrell Turner and Delashaun Dean have yet to make a big impact. Reese and Turner played sparingly, while Dean redshirted.

The Cats also have Bobby McCoy on the roster. McCoy was injured in the preseason and failed to see the field last season. He already used his redshirt season and will be a junior this season.

Dave Roberts was one of the first players to commit in the recruiting class. He was extended a scholarship at the Wildcats' Elite Camp and committed just a few days later.

Roberts has good size, good hands and decent speed. He was a big play receiver in high school, averaging over 20 yards a catch. Roberts is a sprinter, who won his league's 200 M as a junior and clocks in around the 4.5 mark. He's also a terrific student, boasting a GPA over 4.0 and a SAT score over 1700.

As a prep Roberts was able to take a hit and still make the catch. He was not afraid to go over the middle, but was also able to stretch the field. He may need to add more strength to play right away, but could be in the mix.

Devin Veal was also one of the earliest commitments in the class. Like Roberts he earned a scholarship offer early in the process. Veal first turned heads at Arizona's team camp before his junior and solidified a scholarship offer at the next year's elite camp.

A versatile athlete, Veal played QB and DB at Buena HS but will get his start at WR, although a shift to defense is not out of the question.

Veal has nice speed and seems to have nice instincts for the ball. At 6-1 he has nice height and good athleticism. His 40-time is not great, but seems to have good football speed. William Wright is a bit of a sleeper in the class, but the Oklahoman showed enough ability and promise to earn a Wildcat offer. Wright played small school football for most of his career but moved to Pauls Valley to attract D-I interest.

Wright mostly played quarterback last season, but ran the ball and even caught a few passes. He has very good speed, and the ability to make people miss in the open field.

"Bug", as he has been nicknamed, chances to compete for a job will depend on how fast he can learn the intricacies of the position. The Wildcats are still waiting on Reggie Dunn, a four-star player from Verbum Dei. He is set to announce his decision on signing day and will choose between Arizona and Oregon State. He fits the mold of Syndric Steptoe and Mike Thomas, two undersized, speedy receivers, but would be a decent fit for the Wildcats' new spread attack.

Dunn may lack size, but he's got great speed. In fact some feel he may be one of the fastest players on the West Coast. He's been clocked at a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash and translates that speed to the football field. He played a number of positions, and accounted for 17 scores.

Trevin Wade was a two-way player who appear to be starting his Wildcat career as a corner backs, could be shifted to receiver.

Pre-Recruiting Cycle Need… 2-4 WR's

SIGNED…3 (Devin Veal, David Roberts, William Wright) Position Recruiting Grade…B+ (A with Dunn)

The Cats needed more bodies at the position. The spread offense is predicated on a lot of receivers and the Cats lacked proven commodities at the spot. Last year's class focused more on size, while this class seems to have a greater emphasis on quickness. All three (four if Dunn commits) will get a shot to play right away, although conventional wisdom states that only one or two will see the field.

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