Key returners: Andrae Thurman RS Sr.; Lance Relford RS Sr.; Juan Valentine Sr.; Ricky Williams RS Jr.; Biren Ealy So.; Mike Jefferson RS Fr.
With a host of receivers in place there is less of a need for anyone in this class to play. The Cats do have three seniors in the group, so the three incoming receivers will be vital in the years to come. Although the bodies are on the roster, none of the players have proven to be a go-to guy. The Cats won't hesitate to use one or more of these players if they can get the job done.
RB/WR, 6-0, 210
Tolleson Union HS, Tolleson, AZ
Rank: RB #41, 3-stars
Best rusher in the history of the state, but wants to play wide receiver in college. Great speed and size makes him the kind of player that can come in and compete right away. A Parade All-American who rushed for 3,560 yards and 46 touchdowns as a senior. Had 5,865 career rushing yards. High school team mate of Mike Bell. Also considered Colorado State, UCLA and Washington State.
"I just couldn't see myself leaving the state," Thomas said. "After making visits, Arizona is just a good place for me."
2003 Role: Thomas could break into the line-up as a true freshman. The Cats need a big play guy to replace Bobby Wade, a player Thomas has modeled himself after. Like Wade, Thomas was an All-Arizona running back who felt that wide receiver was the spot for him.
ATH, 5-10, 170
Bryan HS, Bryan, Texas
Rank: #61, 3-stars
Steptoe is a versatile athlete who could play either wide receiver or corner back for the Wildcats, but will begin his Arizona career as a wideout. He played a variety of positions as a senior, including quarterback. Quick and athletic, he originally gave Arizona a "soft verbal", but stuck by his original choice.
"The Wildcats will be throwing the ball a lot," Steptoe said. "With me playing wide receiver, I'm going to like that a lot."
2003 Role: With his speed it would not be a shock to see Steptoe see the field. The Cats would probably prefer to redshirt the speedy pass catcher, but if they lack a big play guy then Steptoe could get the call.
WR, 6-2, 185
Horizon HS, San Diego, CA
Rank: NR, 2-stars
Johnson is a very athletic player who had to play a number of positions in high school. He will play receiver for the Wildcats and gives the Wildcats the type of tall, fast pass catchers they have been looking for.
"(Anthony) is excited about going to Arizona," Johnson's sister Lisa said.
2003 Role: Johnson will probably redshirt, but don't count him out. Johnson is the type of tall, speedy receivers that John Mackovic loves to utilize, so if he is ready, he could play.
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