Football Recruiting: In-state pair to visit

Wildcat recruiting has been slow as of late. The Wildcats have just one commitment, but are in on a lot of players. With the high school season wrapping up, a number of players will start taking visits to Tucson.

One player who will be in town this weekend is Tolleson's Marcus Thomas. The talented running back is from the same high school as current Wildcat Mike Bell. The 6-1, 185 pound Thomas has a nice mix size and shiftiness.

"I would say that I am pretty open," Thomas said. He has visits set up to Colorado State and Oregon and is still considering a number of Pac-10 schools.

Another Arizonan who likes the Cats is Peoria's Mikal Brewer. Brewer is a big, talented offensive lineman and at 6-3, 285 has some decent size. Brewer could be in town this weekend as well.

"I am a very dependable offensive lineman," said Brewer. "I work hard everyday, I play hard and I am consistent."

Brewer is athletic for a big man, and a lot of that is thanks to being a wrestler. A state champion as a junior, Brewer went 39-9.

"I do not know what I would be like had I not taken up wrestling," Brewer confessed. "It makes you get in great shape and it gave me excellent balance."

Brewer isn't the only highly rated Arizona lineman to like the Wildcats. Tempe's Mike Pollak likes the Cats as well as ASU and Washington. Pollak visits Tucson in mid December and watched the Wildcats play the Huskies on his visit to Tucson.

The Cats could certainly use some help on the defensive line and Houston's Lionel Dotson has a lot of interest in helping fill that void. Although most scouting services list him as a defensive end, Dotson prefers to play inside.

"Some schools are recruiting me for end and others for tackle," said Dotson over the summer. "I prefer tackle."

Syridic Steptoe is another Texan who loves the Wildcats. The proverbial good player on a bad team, Steptoe has been one of the few bright spots on a bad Bryan High School team. With his club reeling with a 1-7 record, Steptoe has played running back, quarterback, receiver and both defensive back positions. Colleges look at him as either a corner or a wide-out.

Steptoe is undersized at 5-8, but is a burner with 4.39 speed. In addition to being a talented football player, Steptoe is also quite a good track athlete competing in sprints, relays and the long jump.

Bennie Swain is another Texas speedster who is garnering some interest. Swain has offers from the Cats, Houston, Colorado, Kansas and UTEP and is pretty much set on that group. With 4.45 speed and decent size, the three-star recruit is an intriguing prospect.

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