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Cats Sign 18 Prep Stars to Football Letters of Intent
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 07, 2001
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    TUCSON, Ariz. (Feb. 7, 2001) -- University of Arizona football coach John Mackovic and staff have signed 18 prep football players to national letters of intent for the 2001 season.

    For the first time since 1975, when Mackovic was in his third season as offensive coordinator at Arizona under then coach Jim Young, the Wildcats' signing class is entirely comprised of high school players. UA did not sign any junior college transfers that season, but has each year since.

    Mackovic, named UA's 26th head coach on Dec. 4, pulled together a class in two months of recruiting which includes five players named to various All-America teams including quarterback Nic Costa of Aloha, Ore., tailback Mike Bell of Phoenix, tight end Brad Brittain of Encinitas, Calif., tailback Gainus Scott of La Porte, Texas, offensive lineman Brandon Hopkins of Mesa, Ariz., and linebacker Pedro Limon of Douglas, Ariz..

    Six recruits from four states earned all-region honors including defensive back Darrell Brooks of Moreno Valley, Calif., safety Landon Kafentzis of Richland, Wash., offensive lineman Matt Page of Kingwood, Texas, fullback Antoine Singfield of Moreno Valley, Calif., offensive lineman Thomas Stevens of Wilmington, Calif., and tight end/lineman Carlos Williams of Denver, Colo.

    The staff also inked defensive back Kirk Johnson of Oakland, Calif., defensive lineman Matt Lam of San Jose, Calif., fullback Sean Jones of Houston, Texas, defensive end Isaac Watts of Alameda, Calif., wide receiver Robert Spells of Abilene, Texas, and linebacker Bret Stray of Issaquah, Wash. Johnson, Jones and Spells were honorable mention all-region picks by the recruiting report.

    "Whenever a coach takes over another program, he tries to find the right mix of players in the first recruiting class. This group of young men share the vision and dreams that all of us at Arizona have for our future. We have a blend of speed, size and power, Mackovic said. "It is important to understand that one class cannot stand alone but must supplemented with continuing classes of athletes."

    "We expect these young men to carry the banner for several years. There are some terrific leaders who will exert their influence on our team immediately," he said. "Our coaches evaluated our needs and the talents of many players and we were careful not to sign players who we felt could not be competitive in the Pac-10 Conference. While there are well known names among the group, keep your eye on every one of these players who will blossom with coaching and personal development," Mackovic said.

    Arizona 2001 Football Signees

    Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown (School) Coach
    Mike Bell TB 6-1 200 Fr. Phoenix, Ariz. (Tolleson) Dan Widmaier
    Brad Brittain TE 6-5 261 Fr. Encinitas, Calif. (Torrey Pines) Ed Burke
    Darrell Brooks DB 6-1 183 Fr. Moreno Valley, Calif. (Moreno Valley) WillMartin
    Nic Costa QB 5-11 195 Fr. Aloha, Ore. (Aloha) Rob Casteel
    Brandon Hopkins OL 6-6 275 Fr. Mesa, Ariz. (Westwood) Roger Suchomel
    Kirk Johnson DB 6-1 185 Fr. Oakland, Calif. (Skyline) John Beam
    Sean Jones FB 6-1 210 Fr. Houston, Texas (North Shore) David Aymond
    Landon Kafentzis DB 6-1 195 Fr. Richland, Wash. (Richland) Lonnie Pierson
    Matt Lam DL 6-4 270 Fr. San Jose, Calif. (Valley Christian) Mike Machado
    Pedro Limon LB 6-2 230 Fr. Douglas, Ariz. (Douglas) Abe Grijalva
    Matt Page OL 6-3 300 Fr. Kingwood, Texas (Kingwood) Ken Herring
    Gainus Scott TB 5-10 180 Fr. La Porte, Texas (La Porte) Forrest Weigand
    Antoine Singfield FB 6-1 234 Fr. Moreno Valley, Calif. (Rancho Verde) Scott Strosnider
    Robert Spells WR 6-3 185 Fr. Abilene, Texas (Abilene) Steve Warren
    Thomas Stevens OL 6-3 270 Fr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Banning) Ed LaLau
    Bret Stray LB 6-2 215 Fr. Issaquah, Wash. (Skyline) Steve Gervais
    Isaac Watts DE 6-2 237 Fr. Alameda, Calif. (Encinal Jack Schram
    Carlos Williams TE 6-5 230 Fr. Denver, Colo. (Montbello) Louie Wright
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