Recruiting round-up

Things are shaping up for Wildcat recruiting. John Mackovic said he thought he could get half of a class committed by Christmas and he's pretty much right now. The Wildcats did not get any new commitments this past week, but did see the recruiting picture shape up quite a bit.

Arizona did not have any visits the past weekend and recruiting is now in a "dead period" for the holidays.

The Cats lost out on a few recruits, including Charles Smith. Smith a WR from San Diego chose Washington over the UA and Oregon. Smith visited Arizona a few weeks ago, but liked Seattle better.

"I just realized Washington was the best fit for me," Smith told PacWestFootball. "I really like the football program a lot, the coaches are great and Seattle is a cool city. Out of all the schools I was looking at (Arizona, Oregon), Washington is probably the most like San Diego for me. Socially, it's a great atmosphere and I'm excited to have the decision out of the way."

Daymeion Hughes visited Tucson the same weekend as Smith and like Smith, Hughes chose to go elsewhere. The two-way star chose Cal over Arizona and Wisconsin among others.

"Cal is where I've wanted to go since before high school," Hughes confessed. "The academic reputation is the main reason and my mom really likes what they have to offer from that standpoint."

Robert Gustavis took a visit to Cal as well. The offensive lineman liked what the Bears had to offer, but has not received an offer. The fact that the Wildcats have extended a scholarship offer to him has the Wildcats as the leader for now.

"If Cal did offer me, I couldn't tell you who my leader would be," said Gustavis. "I like both schools a lot."

Gustavis would like to take a visit to Oregon State before he makes a decision.

Syndric Steptoe committed to Arizona a few weeks ago, but has decided to make a few more visits. He will certainly visit Arkansas and may look at Texas A&M as well. For now it is considered a "soft visit".

Top quarterback prospect Richard Kovalcheck may be leaning towards Arizona and could commit to the Cats fairly soon.

"I haven't committed yet, but I've been kind of leaning toward that a little bit " Kovalcheck told about his interest in Arizona. "I really like Tennessee's coaches and I haven't told them I'm leaning toward Arizona.

"Coach Fulmer is supposed to have a in-home visit after the dead period." Kovalcheck explained. "I don't remember the date it was scheduled. My (high school) coaches think I should go ahead and commit before then. They want me to go ahead and announce it, but I'm not ready yet."

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