Tidbits (12:30 update)

Check back in throughout the day for more updates as I take a look around the world of UA sports and whatever else I think of. Updates discuss two good Cats.

August 23rd, 12:30 a.m.
If you are looking for someone to root for on the Wildcat football team, you could do a lot worse than Chris Jennings. Here is a kid who overcame a number of obstacles and is now a scholarship athlete with a starting job.

He's an enjoyable interview as well. He's very humble, yet you can hear the determination in his voice. Dropping in saying from his grandfather doesn't hurt either. Add him to the likes of Antoine Cason and Spencer Larsen as great representative of the University.

August 23rd, 11:10 a.m.
Brandyn McCall's football career has come to an end. The back injury he suffered two years ago has never completely healed and he has decided to give up football rather than risk permanent injury.

McCall was granted a medical redshirt after missing the 2005 season and lost about 10 pounds in an effort to give it a go this season.

Credit the UA coaching staff. When they learned that McCall was hanging it up they offered him a chance to work with the tight ends and McCall gladly accepted. He was a good kid, who was always willing to speak with the media, good and bad.

August 23rd, 9:50 am
I'd love to spin that losing Jarrell Barbour is no big deal, but I can't. He's a very solid player and one of the better kids in state. It has to be especially painful to lose him to ASU.

It was a strange conversation I had with Barbour Wednesday night. He seemed almost defeated, at the very least you could hear the strain in his voice. That could either have been from the weight of the decision or from dealing with the media all night. He received no fewer than six interview requests that night, probably more.

He said it was a very tough decision and I believe him. He handled the interview with class and it just seemed like he felt he made a decision that was best for him and his family.

Barbour was not the only recruiting blow suffered by the Cats to the Devils. Barbour's teammate at Centennial Zach Schlink committed to ASU as well. Schlink was one of the top targets for the Wildcats, but his family ties to the Sun Devils seem to be too much to overcome.

The good news is that the Wildcats already have a pretty terrific class in place and a strong start to the season could really bolster things.

This does make Dion Jordan a very important recruit. He's a truly big time player and keeping him in-state would be big. Although there are some other good players in state, Ray Polk, Covaughn Deboskie to name a few, Jordan is the best and maybe the best fit for the Wildcats.

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