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 Rivals100.com 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.
|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|