Recruiting Update 1-14-03

Arizona has had a successful start to the week in recruiting. They have three new commitments and are bringing in a number of players this weekend. Several other players are getting closer to making decisions.

Arizona had seven recruits visit this past weekend and got two of them to commit.

Marquell Stinson a LB from Fresno City College committed and will be eligible in the fall. Texas DT Cedric Cofer also committed, although for now the commitment is considered a soft one as it appears he will take visits to Baylor and possibly Kansas State.

Ray Bass, (5-10, 166) a speedy WR/CB from Corona (Centenial), CA visited Arizona this past weekend, but is still wide open. He eliminated Kansas, but now Washington State is involved. He'll visit there this weekend and Hawaii, where his brother plays, the next. He is still considering Cal, Colorado State and Arizona.

"All three schools I've visited, California, Colorado State, and Arizona, remain pretty high on my list," Bass told "I just want to get up to Pullman to see what it has to offer."

Julius Oriekuwu (6-7, 255) a lineman from Texas visited this past weekend and is still wide open. He lists UA, Texas Tech, TCU and Florida as even. It sounds like he is a ways away from committing.

Two Wildcat commitments may also be waffling. Syndric Steptoe has been considered a "soft verbal" for some time and apparently is seriously considering SMU. CB Wilrey Fontenot also tripped to SMU and was apparently impressed with the WAC school.

Noah Smith returned from his visit to UCLA and is now in the process of making his decision. The receiver from Taft HS in Los Angeles is still torn between three schools. The Bruins, Arizona and California are all still even according to Smith.

"I like everything about those schools," said Smith.

Smith needs to talk to his parents to help him chose a school and it should come soon, probably at the end of the week.

Lance Broadus, a 6-3, 215 pound linebacker from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft was supposed to visit Nebraska this past weekend but the Corn Huskers want him to move the visit to this coming weekend when students will be back in school.

"Yeah, the only problem is now I have two trips set up for next weekend," Broadus told PacWestFootball. "I'm supposed to visit Arizona next weekend too. I can't move either to the 24th because I'm taking the SAT that weekend so I'll have to talk to my head coach and decide what to do."

At this point Oregon leads for the three-star linebacker recruit.

Lionel Dotson did not visit ASU this past weekend and will instead go this weekend. It has been reported that UA and ASU lead, although other Texas schools are still in the hunt.

Kurt Ware, who eliminated Arizona last week, committed to Wisconsin.

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