No shockers for Cats' class

There were few surprises on signing day for the Wildcat football team. There were no surprise names on the list supplied by the university, but there was one name absent.

Arizona signed 15 players on Wednesday to the 2007 recruiting class and are still waiting on one more. Reggie Dunn, a four-star receiver from Los Angeles, is going to make his decision known later in the afternoon.

The Wildcats did lose a player at the eleventh hour when offensive lineman Sione Tau signed with Colorado. The Cats also lost out on defensive end Nai Fotu who was trying to decide between Utah and Arizona.

With 20 scholarships to give the Cats inked the 15 players as well as mid-year transfer Marquis Hundley, who enrolled in January.

In the end they added seven offensive players, eight defensive players and a place kicker.

The highest rated of the players was TE Rob Gronkowski,'s No. 3 rated tight end. Stoops had high praise for Gronkowski, explaining that he could have a huge role in the Wildcats' version of the spread.

"To get a guy of the magnitude of a Robbie Gronkowski is huge. To have an impact player in this system at tight end is critical to the success," Stoops said. "This offense is set up for a tight end at his natural position or it can be extended out further to get some match-ups. It is a perfect offense for Robbie. I think he can catch a ton of balls."

While Stoops had high praise for all of the players the Wildcats signed, he threw a little extra praise onto Vuna and Apaiata Tuihalamaka. The cousins are both linebackers and guys Stoops sees big time potential in.

"I think can really be impact linebackers," Stoops said. "I love the way they play."

The biggest knock on the class seems to be the lack of an offensive lineman. Stoops admitted that they wanted to sign two in the class but admitted that having so many young linemen in the program and a coaching change late in the process hurt their ability to attract linemen they wanted.

"It is a little bit of a disappointment," Stoops said of the lack of linemen.

Overall, Stoops was quite positive with the class as a whole.

"We filled our pressing needs at several positions, notably the line and linebackers on defense," Stoops said. "Plus offensively, with our move to the spread, we wanted more speed at receiver. We did that."

2007 Recruiting Class:

Bryson Beirne, QB, 6-3, 214, Honolulu, Hawaii (Mid Pacific Institute)
Levar Brown, DE, 6-3, 240, Rosenberg, Texas (Lamar Consolidated)
Nicholas Grigsby, RB, 5-10,178, Whittier, Calif. (California)
Rob Gronkowski, TE, 6-6, 250, Williamsville, N.Y. (Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Ron Jackson, DE, 6-3, 210, Carrollton, Texas (Creekview)
Hans Philipp, DL, 6-1, 282, San Bernardino, Calif. (Arroyo Valley)
Joseph Reese, RB, 6-1,190, Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson)
David Roberts, WR, 6-0,175, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Rancho Cucamonga)
Apaiata Tuihalamaka, LB, 6-3, 210, Hawthorne, Calif. (Serra)
Vuna Tuihalamaka, LB, 6-2, 220, Inglewood, Calif. (Hawthorne/El Camino CC)
Kaniela Tuipulotu, DT, 6-2, 280, Lahaina, Hawaii (Kahuku)
Devin Veal, WR, 5-11,165, Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Buena)
Trevin Wade, CB, 5-11,165, Round Rock, Texas (Stony Point)
William Wright, WR, 5-10,170, Fox, Okla. (Pauls Valley)
Alex Zendejas, PK, 5-11,175, Glendale, Ariz. (Ironwood)
Mid-Year signee:
*Marquis Hundley, CB, 6-0,185, Vallejo, Calif. (Napa/Santa Rosa CC)

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