Busy few days for the Wildcats

Arizona is quickly filling their scholarships. The past few days the Cats have added three new players. Without any more defections the Cats have added 19 new players for the fall semester. They have just added two more JC players and a high school sleeper.

Just a few days ago the Cats got a verbal from Ryan Patterson of Pima Community College in Tucson. He is the first Pima player to commit to the Wildcats. Originally from Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, the same high school that Bobby Wade and John Rattay hail from.

Patterson will most likely play free safety for the Wildcats. At 6-1, 200 he has excellent size and is a very athletic player. He can't transfer to Arizona until the fall and is finishing his coursework at Pima.

The Cats have added a sleeper in Jason Parker. Parker a 6-4, 225-pound defensive lineman from San Diego (Calif.) Mission Bay has committed to Arizona. Parker tripped to Tucson over the weekend and made his decision on Monday.

"Jason had a great year for us," Mission Bay head coach Dezi Herrera said. "He was our MVP and earned All-League and All-Area honors. He had 60 tackles and nine quarterback sacks on defense and also caught 38 balls for us at tight end.

He's a bit undersized at this point and looks like he will play defensive end for Wildcats. The Cats added an undersized defensive end from Mission Bay last year as well.

"Marcus Smith, who played here, is his cousin and he's at Arizona so the chance of playing with Marcus again was very attractive to Jason."

Parker is not highly rated by most recruiting services but did attract the attention of a number of schools, including another from the Pac-10.

"He visited Washington State, UNLV, San Diego State and San Jose State but he really liked everything about Arizona," Herrera. "Plus he loved the school on his visit. He felt very close with the whole coaching staff, he related well to the players on the team and he likes the fact that the school is close to home, yet still far enough away that he can feel like he's leaving and getting the full college experience. I think it's a great pickup for Arizona and Jason is very happy."

With only one healthy scholarship tight end on the roster and only three available for fall camp, the Cats dipped back into the junior college ranks to grab Tommy Briggs a 6-5, 255 pound tight end from Fresno City College (Calif.). Briggs is a huge player with good hands and had a solid season for one of the nation's top Junior College programs. Briggs caught 19 balls for 277 yards (14.5 avg) and four touchdowns this past season and has three years to play two for the Wildcats.

He comes from the same school as Marquell Stinson, the linebacker who committed to Arizona a few weeks ago.

The Cats also lost out on a few players. First Robert Gustavis changed his commitment from Arizona to Arizona State.

They also lost out on WR Kyle Ingraham (Purdue), RB Derrick Williams (UCLA) and S Corey Campbell (Tennessee).

Greg Biggins covers West Coast recruiting atPACWESTFOOTBALL

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