Arizona Wildcats hosting Red Carpet recruiting event



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The Arizona football team begins its 2013 season against Northern Arizona at Arizona Stadium on Aug. 30, which is 34 days away. From now until then, this Web site will count down the days with facts about the Wildcats, their players, coaching staff and opponents. This is not a ranking, only a list of 100 facts and observances related to the 2013 Arizona football team and coach Rich Rodriguez.

High-profile linebacker Jamardre Cobbs from Los Angeles is visiting the UA campus this weekend (YouTube, click on photo to access video)

High-profile linebacker Jamardre Cobb from Los Angeles is visiting the UA campus this weekend (YouTube, click on photo to access video)

No real big news for Arizona to come out of yesterday’s Pac-12 media day other than four signed recruits not joining the Wildcats, including speedy all-purpose threat T.J. Johnson of Cape Coral, Fla., because of academics.

Defensive tackle David Mata of Tustin, Calif., apparently abandoned ship after arriving for summer school, according to coach Rich Rodriguez.

Whether or not the players such as Johnson try to join the Wildcats in the future after attending a junior college remains to be seen. The two others who did not qualify academically are Tempe Marcos de Niza running back Mauriece Lee and San Diego receiver Lee Walker.

A certainty is Arizona will add to its Class of 2014 recruiting list — the Wildcats top the Pac-12 with 14 verbal commitments — after this weekend following its “Red Carpent” event today at Arizona Stadium.

The new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility will be open for the public and a quality group of recruits, including the latest to commit, Scout.com three-star quarterback prospect Brandon Dawkins of Oaks Christian (Calif.) High School. Other committed players, including cornerback prospect Naijiel Hale, son of late rap artist Nate Dogg, will also be there.

Nick Wilson, a Rivals.com four-star-rated running back from Fresno who has committed to Arizona, is also expected to attend.

Among the recruits expected to attend are Phoenix Mountain Pointe offensive guard Natrell Curtis (four-star rating by Rivals.com) and Salpointe Catholic wide receiver Kaelin Deboskie (not yet rated).

Here is a list of other known visitors today who have yet to commit (star rating according to Rivals.com):

Jalen Brown, WR, Phoenix, ****
Darrell Cloy, WR, La Habra (Calif.), ***
Jamardre Cobb, LB, Los Angeles, ****
Tyler Cook, LB, Murrieta (Calif.), ***
Jeff Farrar, WR, Upland (Calif.), ***
Jase Franke, DE, Venura (Calif.), Not rated (NR)
Jabril Frazier, LB, Los Angeles, NR
Layth Friekh, OL, Peoria, ***
Connor Humphreys, DE, Portland (Ore.), ****
Kwesi Mashack, DB, Norco (Calif.), NR
Andrew Mike, OL, Sabino, ***
Trenton Noller, OL, Windsor (Colo.), ***
Jamal Scott, DB, Anaheim (Calif.), NR
Marquis Ware, ATH, Los Angeles, ****
Sharif Williams, DT, Fresno (Calif.), NR
Trevor Wood, TE, Scottsdale, ***
Jeff Worthy, DT, Santa Ana (Calif.) JC, ***

Rating system from Rivals.com

Name Pos Ht/Wt Stars Rank
Devon Brewer DB 5-9/160 *** NR
Rodney Carr DB 6-0/190 NR
Jerod Cody DE 6-3/265 NR NR
Brandon Dawkins QB 6-3/206 *** 14
Cameron Denson WR 6-1/170 **** 38
Tony Ellison WR 6-1/175 ** NR
Patrick Glover DB 6-2/200 NR
Jonathan Haden RB 5-8/190 *** 52
Naijiel Hale DB 5-11/170 *** 33
Kaige Lawrence OL 6-4/290 *** NR
Jordan Morgan ATH 6-2/197 ** NR
Josh Pollack K 5-11/175 ** NR
Jace Whittaker DB 6-0/170 *** NR
Nick Wilson RB 5-11/196 **** 25

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The best Arizona player to wear No. 36, according to TucsonCitizen.com’s Anthony Gimino, is running back Lamont Lovett (1990-93). He was a solid player who can be heard as the radio analyst for UA games.

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Last year, this site and TucsonCitizen.com ran a Top 50 Games in the history of Arizona football series. I will relive that list here with less than 50 days to kickoff and add one game to it: Arizona’s improbable 49-48 win over Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl last December, which landed as No. 38 on the list. Note, after clicking on the link, you will notice last year’s ranking. The list on this page is the current ranking.

No. 34: ASU ripe for picking in banana uniforms for “The Streak” to reach eight

No. 35: Arizona tries risky fake PAT to beat California but loses in epic 4 overtime game

No. 36: Veal to Hill “Hail Mary” pass highlights “The Streak” reaching seven games against ASU

No. 37: USC outlasts Arizona 48-41 in one of most wild games played in Tucson

No. 38: Arizona Wildcats’ comeback against Nevada No. 38 in Top 50 games list

No. 39: Arizona shows signs of life under Mike Stoops with rout over No. 7 UCLA

No. 40: Art Luppino “The Cactus Comet” rockets toward 38 yards per carry and five touchdowns

No. 41: Fumblerooski enables Arizona to sweep USC, UCLA in L.A. for first time

No. 42: Sun Devil nemesis Dan White quarterbacks Arizona into Fiesta Bowl with win over ASU

No. 43: Struggling UA gets improbable win against ’83 Pac-10 champ UCLA

No. 44: Closing chapter of “The Streak” includes Arizona’s dramatic fourth-quarter heroics

No. 45: Arizona overcomes rival Texas Tech with unfathomable late-game rally

No. 46: Dick Tomey, the Desert Fox, does a number on UCLA by changing offense in midseason

No. 47: “The Streak” reaches three games, UA achieves best Pac-10 finish

No. 48: Arizona’s first game at Arizona Stadium in 1929, a 35-0 win over Cal Tech

No. 49: Underdog Arizona’s 2011 thriller over arch-rival Arizona State

No. 50: Arizona’s first win over arch-rival Arizona State, then known as Territorial Normal

Dropped out: Arizona’s first win in program’s history: 22-5 over Tucson Indians

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WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes blogs for Lindy’s College Sports, TucsonCitizen.com and Sports Illustrated-sponsored site ZonaZealots.com.


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