Key returners: Andre Torrey RS Jr., Javier Martinez Sr.; Fata Avegalio RS Jr.; Copeland Bryan RS So.; Marcus Smith So.; Paul Phillip RS Fr.; Tim Volk RS Fr.
There are a lot of players on the roster, but none have quite established themselves as a dominant pass rusher. The Cats are high on Torrey and Phillip but injuries kept them from the field. All three of the recruits are very athletic and will need to put on weight to be real factors.
DE, 6-4, 225
All Saints' Episcopal School, Fort Worth, TX
Rank: DE #67, 3-stars
Small school defensive end who is a sleeper prospect. Considered one of the best players in the Dallas area, Kilpatrick originally committed to TCU. Had 16 sacks as a senior. A great athlete, Kilpatrick also played offense and punted. Was the team's MVP. He made at least three Texas top100 teams. In addition to football he plays three other sports.
"I fell in love with the place (Arizona)," Kilpatrick said. "It's a great school, great coaches and great people."
2003 Role: Kilpatrick will most likely redshirt next season in an effort to bulk up.
Mackovic says: "Ryan is a four-sport player, and he plays everything. He really can do just about everything. He was their tailback, and he punted. He also played center and forward in basketball."
DE, 6-4, 240
Dobie HS, Houston, TX
Rank: DE #55, 3-stars
Intriguing defensive end prospect who many feel is underrated. One of the top players in the Houston area, Dotson is relentless in trying to get to the ball carrier. Had 50 tackles and 13 sacks as a senior. First team all-district. He came on strong at the end of his junior year and attracted some major interest before having it come down between Arizona and Arizona State. Rated as the 70th best player in Texas/Oklahoma by HeartlandRecruiting.
"I like the direction Arizona is going in," Dotson said. "They have some good young talent on the roster and I also think it looks good for me to get some early playing time."
2003 Role: Dotston has a chance to come in and compete for a spot. Ideally the Cats would like to redshirt him, but if he can provide a consistent pass rush he could play.
Mackovic says: "He is highly rated by several services, and he has a frame to be a big defensive end and be a real power end for us."
DL, 6-4, 225
Mission Bay HS, San Diego, CA
Team 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. Described as an explosive pass rusher with a great frame. Cousin of current Wildcat Marcus Smith. Will need to bulk up to be a factor on the line.
"He loved the school on his visit," Mission Bay head coach Dezi Herrera said. "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."
2003 Role: Another likely redshirt candidate. Smith has a frame that can add more weight and he could very well spend his first year in the weight room.
Mackovic says: "Jason Parker is a big defensive end, and he is an outstanding basketball player, as well. He is a speed rusher."
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