2003 Recruiting: Defensive Tackles

Defensive tackle may be the biggest need for the Wildcats. Last season the Cats had just one DT recruit and had to convert a couple of players to the position. This season the Cats will add three talented newcomers to the group which should add a lot of depth and skill.

Key losses: Young Thompson
Key returners: Carl Tuitavuki Sr.; Vince Feula Jr.; Carlos Williams Sr.; Brad Brittain RS So.;

The Cats need all the help they can get. The unit struggled at times last season and the Cats hope an infusion of talent will solidify the position. Sharp has the best shot at playing right away since he will participate in spring ball.

David Sharp
DT, 6-3, 290
Troy HS/Horizon JC, Troy, MO
Rank: JC 3-stars

Second team All-Jayhawk Conference performer will come to Arizona in the spring and should compete for immediate playing time on the defensive line. Has three years to play two, giving the Cats flexibility in utilizing sharp. Had 41 tackles, six sacks and five additional tackles for loss last season.

2003 Role: Sharp is enrolled and will have a shot in spring ball to solidify his spot with the team. Should be in the mix at DT.

Mackovic says: "We really needed help with some veteran people at a couple positions and up front defensively was one of them. A couple of friends of mine at some other schools who were trying to recruit him felt that he might be one of the real sleepers for us as far as being a much better player than projected."

Cedric Cofer
DT, 6-4, 300
DeSoto HS, Desoto, TX
Rank: DT #80, 2-stars

Quick, massive and smart, Cofer would have been one of the top rated defensive tackles in the DFW-Metroplex in 2002 had he not gotten hurt. He missed his senior year with severe fractures in his shin. Had 49 tackles and two sacks as a junior. Attracted a lot of big time interest before the injury. Fab50 Recruiting top-25 DL.
"They stuck with me when a lot of schools disappeared," Cofer said. "That was definitely a reason I liked Arizona."
2003 Role: If Cofer can get in shape after missing most of the year with the injury he could vie for immediate playing time. Cofer has great size and could be used as a run stopper.
Mackovic says: "He had six stress fractures in his lower leg. Everything just healed together so well, but it was highly unusual. In spite of that, he was highly rated in the services in Texas coming into his senior year. We watched him as a junior and felt strongly that he could come and develop."

Cliff Stanford
DT, 6-4, 275
Thomas Jefferson, Los Angeles, CA
Rank: Stanford finally pulled the trigger after favoring the Wildcats for some time. Played both offense and defense, but will be a defensive tackle at Arizona. Is fairly new to the defensive line, starting his prep career solely on the offensive line. One of LA's better linemen, he had 11 sacks as a senior. Was a second team All-CIF-LA selection. Was also LA Times All-City as a DT. Has a great shot at playing right away, especially if he can add some weight before he gets to Arizona.
"They (the coaches) tell me if I come in and work hard, show what I can do in practice ,that I can be the type of player that they can build the defense around," Stanford said.
2003 Role: Stanford will be given a chance to play right away. He is still getting used to defense and if he's not ready to make an impact he could redshirt.
Mackovic says: "He is an inside player, and he actually is a pretty good guard too. We are going to play him at defensive tackle. He comes from a good, solid football program."

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