Every year it seems that Arizona takes a junior college player and with it comes much debate.
Some schools, like Texas, simply do not recruit junior college players for numerous reasons.
Arizona, on the other hand, seems to have a focus on what positions it recruits JC players for.
In the position of this writer, recruiting JC players makes sense- sort of.
JC quarterbacks are hard to justify because they tend to only have two years in a system and unless that player is the key to a national championship, it is hard to justify recruiting a player as a stop gap of sorts.
Arizona recruited Cam Newton but not very aggressively because, while it never looked like he would wind up at the UA, Newton was simply a temporary measure.
Arizona seems to have the right idea with JC players in the sense that the ones that are most usually ready to play are linemen.
By having a JC offensive lineman for a year or two, the younger player is able to learn what is known as one of the more difficult positions to do so at.
It seems to be successful for the UA because the offensive line is a unit that not only requires lot of learning, but also requires time to build as a complete unit, rather than a bunch of players.
In the long run, JC players are going to be busts like any other position.
The key is to not miss on JC players too much, or else is becomes an issue because it is much more difficult for a JC player to leave or transfer than a high school senior.
The answer to the argument will go much further as the season goes on, as Arizona is going to be relying on JC players to strengthen the defense.
Should the defense fail, it will be interesting to see how Mike Stoops and company react in future recruiting scenarios.
The JC Argument
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