It is not often that a team can lose an All-Pac-10 performer and not feel too bad about it. The Cats will miss Michael Johnson and nickelback Marcus Hollingsworth, but players like Corey Hall and Michael Klyce proved that there is plenty of depth in the unit. The Cats return both starting corner backs, including potential All-American Antoine Cason, as well as hard hitting Dominic Patrick. If that was not enough both Cam Nelson and Devin Ross got their feet wet, while the Cats were able to redshirt Michael Turner, Nate Ness and Brandon Tatum.
All told, the Cats seem loaded at defensive back.
Of course, the Wildcats want to make sure there is plenty of competition at every spot, so they did not rest on their laurels and bring in a pair of talented defensive backs.
Marquis Hundley is already on campus. The junior college transfer has three years to play two, so if he does not earn immediate playing time he has the luxury of redshirting. He looks to get his first crack at playing corner back, cut also seems to be able to compete at safety.
Hundley is a burner, reporting a 40 time under 4.3, but consistently clocking in the mid-4.3's at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Joining Hundley is Trevin Wade. Although Wade can play wide receiver, it appears as if he will get his start in the defensive backfield. Another fast player, the Round Rock, TX product played both cornerback and wide receiver at Stony Point. He's got good speed and is a really strong tackler. Not content to just deliver a kill shot, Wade is adept at wrapping up and bringing his man down.
Since he also plays wide receiver, it is not a great surprise that he has good hands and a nose for the ball. He had three interceptions as a defender and 10 overall touchdowns as a senior. He was named All-District as a corner back and all-purpose player.
Wade was a sleeper prospect but was quickly raised to a three-star recruit after his highlight tape was recently evaluated by Scout.com recruiting experts.
The Cats are also bringing in Devin Veal from Buena. The in-state product will begin his Wildcat career at wide receiver, but many feel he could wind up making the switch to defensive back down the line.
Pre-Recruiting Cycle Need… 1-2 DB
SIGNED…2 (Marquis Hundley and Trevin Wade
WildcatInsider.com Position Recruiting Grade…B+
There wasn't a pressing need for DB's in the class but the Cats added two intriguing ones. Hundley is a burner with experience, while Wade is a bit of a sleeper who has turned some heads of late. Both have the luxury of being able to redshirt if they are not needed next season, but appear to be talented enough that they can come in and try to compete. All in all the Cats addressed their needs and added depth at their deepest position. At the very least there should be some competition and those that see the field will have earned it.