Recruiting update

It was a very big week for the Wildcats. The Cats continued to add quality offensive recruits and have several recruits coming into town this next weekend. With only a month until signing day, the Wildcats need to add more linemen.

The Wildcats originally had a ton of visits scheduled, but with school starting a week later than normal, the staff realized that many of the players would not be back in town and have tried to reschedule some of the visits. The Cats will have 5-7 players visiting. Some players who will be in town are WR Kyle Ingraham (San Antonio), RB Derrick Williams (Bellflower, CA), OL Julius Oriekwu (Houston), OL Russell Foster (Chula Vista, CA) and DT Cedric Cofer (Desoto, TX).

One of the players, Foster, has committed elsewhere. Foster verballed to Washington State and considers himself a Cougar already.

"Everyone including Arizona knows I'm going to sign with Washington State," Foster said. "I thought I owed it to myself to take one more visit but I can't wait to go to Washington State. I'm a Cougar all the way and we are going to do some great things there in the future."

Cofer has not been linked to the Cats, but the DT could fill a need for the Cats. He's listed as only a two-star recruit, but those who have seen him play have been impressed.

The Cats had a great week when QB Richard Kovalcheck and RB/WR Marcus Thomas committed to Arizona. Kovalcheck is one of the nation's top passing prospects, while Thomas hopes to make the move from running back to wide receiver with the same success as Bobby Wade.

The Cats also added a pair of offensive linemen in Torrance's Robert Gustavis and El Paso's Peter Graniello.

OL Robert Felton favors Arizona, but is taking a last visit to make sure. The Houston native will visit Arkansas and a decision could be coming soon.

"I believe that by the 17th (of January), you should have it narrowed down because the 5th of February isn't that far away." Felton said. "So I need to be narrowing this stuff down and getting it nailed. It has been stressful, but it has not been a bad kind of stress."

The Cats are also awaiting a final visit before they hear from WR Noah Smith. The Taft HS standout is visiting UCLA and right now the Bruins, Cats and Cal are all on even ground.

DE/LB Phillip Rauscher will be visiting Arizona on the 24th and is also looking at UCLA and USC, but has not set visits with those two schools yet.

Another defensive lineman that could very well be a Wildcat is Cliff Stanford. Although he's been recruited as both an offensive and defensive lineman, the Cats want him on defense. He's visiting Utah this weekend, but Arizona is his favorite.

"I really like Arizona a lot right now," Stanford said. "That's where I think I'll be going. My plan is to commit on my trip there. They're recruiting me as a defensive tackle, which is fine with me."

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