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Cats Ink Solid Recruiting Class
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 03, 2006
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                TUCSON, Ariz.?-University of Arizona football coach Mike Stoops and staff have signed 22 players to National Letters of Intent, completing what most believe to be the Wildcats’ strongest recruiting class in its Pac-10 years. 

                The class is rated 16th and 17th nationally by two popular recruiting services ( and, and the second-highest rated group in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Atlanta Journal Constitution rated Arizona’s recruiting haul as one of the nation’s top three “surprise” classes.


                “We’re really excited just about the entirety of the whole class. To have that many big guys and skill guys together really gives us a diverse group to work with,” Stoops said.


                “We had needs in the secondary and we filled them. The wide receiver position was big for us, and to get three big receivers really was something we focused on. Those skill positions came up big for us.


                “Then, to get some big defensive linemen and tight-end type guys gives us a lot of flexibility,” Stoops said. “But we hit virtually every position. We bought in 38 players and we got 25 commitments. You don’t hit a percentage like that and get a top class every day. That shows the tremendous job our coaches did in picking out the right guys for our situation. You’re not going to hit a percentage like that very often. I think it shows we did our homework.”


                Included in the signees group are 21 prep players and one junior college recruit. Twelve are from California, six are from Texas, three from Arizona and one from Hawaii. UA also has one mid-year junior college signee currently enrolled and set to participate in spring practice.


                “I think there’s a good chance that we’ll see five to eight of these guys who will be ready to go and factor into our 2006 team from the start,” Stoops said. “There are some guys who will come in and help us,” he said.


                The group gives Stoops his third consecutive strong recruiting class in as many tries, on the heels of another top 25 class in 2005, a group that saw freshmen Willie Tuitama and Mike Thomas, and transfers Spencer Larsen, Michael Johnson and Adam Hawes emerge as front-line players. True freshmen Michael Shelton, Adrian McCovy and Brandon Tatum also saw action. Coaches redshirted 12 players in the 2005 class.


                Another potential Arizona signee was scheduled to make a school choice announcement later today, plus coaches have oral commitments from several junior college players who cannot sign NLI and would have to enroll for classes in the fall. Coaches cannot comment about those possibilities.



 2006 Arizona Football Recruiting Class - Feb. 1, 2006

Player                          Pos         Ht.           Wt.     Class   Hometown (School)


Conan Amituanai          TE            6-4           280     Fr.      Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly)

Cody Anderson            TE            6-6           250     Fr.      Apache Junction, Ariz. (Apache Junction)

Colin Baxter                  OL           6-4           295     Fr.      Rolling Hills, Calif. (Palos Verdes Peninsula)

Glyndon Bolasky          RB           6-0           192     Fr.      Tucson, Ariz. (Sabino)

Braylon Broughton       DE            6-6           240     Fr.      Dallas, Texas (Hillcrest)

DeLaShaun Dean         WR          6-4           190     Fr.      Fairfield, Calif. (Fairfield)

Cory Elmore                  OL           6-5           255     Fr.      Simi Valley, Calif. (Grace Brethren)

Ricky Elmore                 DE            6-5           235     Fr.      Simi Valley, Calif. (Grace Brethren)

Jovan Hayes                OL           6-2           320     Fr.      Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey)

Tyler Lyon                    QB           6-5           215     Fr.      Newhall, Calif. (Hart)

Lolomana Mikaele         DT            6-2           260     Fr.      Honolulu, Hawaii (Damien Memorial)

Earl Mitchell                   TE/HB      6-2           250     Fr.      Galena Park, Texas (North Shore)

Cameron Nelson           DB           6-1           175     Fr.      Dallas, Texas (Kimball)

Nate Ness                     S              6-2           190     Jr.       Gardena, Calif. (Gardena/El Camino CC)

Brooks Reed                 HB           6-3           220     Fr.      Tucson, Ariz. (Sabino)

D’Aundre Reed             DE            6-3           215     Fr.      Moreno Valley, Calif. (Rancho Verde)

Terrell Reese                WR          6-4           195     Fr.      Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson)

Derke Robinson            RB           6-0           200     Fr.      Lewisville, Texas (Hebron)

Devin Ross                   CB           5-11         180     Fr.      Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Rancho Cucamonga)

A.J. Simmons                TE            6-3           255     Fr.      Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O’Dowd)

*James Tretheway       OL           6-6           300     Jr.       South San Francisco, Calif. (El Camino/San Mateo CC)

Michael Turner              CB           5-11         170     Fr.      Manteca, Calif. (Manteca)

Terrell Turner                WR          6-2           170     Fr.      Garland, Texas (Lakeview Centennial)


*currently in school 


2006 Arizona Football Recruiting Class - National Signing Day, Feb. 1

(Photo credits: Modesto Bee, Dallas Morning News,, MaxPreps,, Dan Berezowitz, Carl ShiffletteDyeStat 


Conan Amituanai

Tight End

6-4, 280, Freshman

Long Beach, Calif.

Long Beach Poly High School


SuperPrep All-Farwest as a defensive lineman in 2005... A physical presence on offense as a prep player for coach Raul Lara, Amituanai likely will open his Arizona career at tight end..., a Polynesian student-athlete support group, named him first-team Super 7 defensive front... Los Angeles Times’ preseason Top DL in Southland list, along with fellow recruits Rick Elmore and D’Aundre Reed... Three stars by Rivals and Scout, No. 51 DT by latter... Is a nephew of Arizona defensive line coach Mike Tuiasosopo... As a junior, he played at Los Alamitos and started at fullback and saw spot-duty at defensive tackle, earning second team all-league on offense... He transferred to Long Beach Poly for his senior year...  Had seven receptions and scored two touchdowns as a tight end senior year, with 20 tackles on defense... Date of birth: Jan. 20, 1988.


Cody Anderson

Tight End

6-6, 250, Freshman

Apache Junction, Ariz.

Apache Junction High School


All-State 4A2 honors for coach Max Ragsdale by 24-7 Football... SuperPrep All-Farwest, Arizona No. 5 prospect... PrepStar All-West as a defensive lineman...Arizona Top 20 player list by Thee stars by Rivals and Scout, No. 25 TE by latter... Mike Stoops’ summer camp participant in 2005...  Had 58 tackles and four sacks in 2005... Seven touchdown catches and 572 yards receiving as senior... As a junior, he had 49 tackles, four sacks, four forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries... On offense, he caught six passes for 125 yards and a touchdown... Anderson was named first team all-region on defense. He was also a first team all-state selection in basketball... Hails from one of the nation’s fastest growing exurbs southeast of metropolitan Phoenix... Nickname is ?'Big Bird’... AIA Scholar-Athlete award in 2005... Basketball and track letterman, averaging 32 points in former this year... Date of birth: July 8, 1988, Mesa, Ariz.


Colin Baxter

Offensive Guard

6-4, 295, Freshman

Rolling Hills, Calif.,

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School


PrepStar All-America and All-West for coach Tony Uruburu... SuperPrep All-Farwest... Arizona’s first commitment in Class of ’06, pledging in June ’05... First-team CIF Southern Section/AAF defensive unit and first-team CIF Division III, league defensive Player of the Year... three-star rating, No. 25 offensive guard prospect... three-star rating... Cal-Hi Sports third-team All-State honors... Team played in California Division III semifinals... Named first-team all-area and second-team all-South Bay... Wrestling letterman as heavyweight for Panthers, who won the 2005 CIF Central Division title... As a junior, on defense, he had 40 tackles, four quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery on defense... Participated in Nike combine spring-summer ?'05... Finished 10th in the shot put, 12th discus in Bay League 2005 championships... Also plays basketball for Peninsula... Date of birth: July 31, 1987.


Glyndon Bolasky

Running Back

6-0, 192, Freshman

Tucson, Ariz.

Sabino High School     


State’s Gatorade football Player of the Year, UA’s second recruit so honored following UA 2005 redshirt freshman Daniel Borg... Tucson Citizen Player of the Year and 4A-3A first-team RB for coach Jay Campos... Arizona Daily Star All-Southern Arizona Player of the Year, first-team All-Southern Arizona as junior... PrepStar All-America and All-West... SuperPrep All-Farwest, Arizona No. 7... Rushed for 1,773 yards and 25 scores as a senior, including 415 yards and six touchdowns in Sabino’s first three playoff games... Sabino played in Arizona 4A state title game... Recruited on both sides of the ball but should open at UA as a running back... Three-star rating by and Had 161 carries for 1,550 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior... Quick-burst type with reported 4.4 speed... Solid academic student in top 1 percent of his class, and earned High Achiever of Week citation by the Arizona Republic in 2005... Pop Warner clinics volunteer... National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame ?'Scholar Athlete’ by Southern Arizona chapter... National Honor Society... Date of birth: Feb. 1, 1988, Castle AFB, Merced County, Calif.


Braylon Broughton

Defensive End

6-6, 240, Freshman

Dallas, Texas

Hillcrest High School


Honorable mention Associated Press 4A All-State honors in 2005 for coach Clayton George... Unanimous first-team Texas District 10-4A pick in 2005... 3-star, No. 59 strong side DE... two-star rating... Dallas Morning News Area 100 at No. 57, the seventh-highest defensive lineman on the list... 50 tackles and three sacks as a senior... postseason Texas 100 honors... Basketball player who only joined football team for junior and senior years, and gave up the hardwood sport to concentrate on football his final season... Reported 4.7 speed... Recruited widely by Big Ten and Southeastern Conference schools... Date of birth: Dec. 25, 1987.


Delashaun Dean

Wide Receiver

6-4, 190, Freshman

Fairfield, Calif.

Fairfield High School


PrepStar All-America and All-West for coach Eric Barber... Preseason SuperPrep All-America as an athlete... four-star rating as its No. 19 receiver... three-start rating, No. 32 at wide receiver... SuperPrep All-Farwest...  All-Solano County Athletic Conference as a junior receiver and defensive back for Fairfield, northeast of the Bay Area half way between San Francisco and Sacramento... May 2005 participant at Nike Camp in Palo Alto, widening his recruiting appeal to more than two dozen schools... Scouts Inc. Class of 2006 receiver list... Recruiting did not slow despite a knee injury and surgery in late October that ended his season... Had 24 catches for 670 yards and seven touchdowns for Fairfield as a junior, and on defense he recorded 43 tackles and five interceptions... Also a talented basketball player in his high school career... Date of birth: Dec. 13, 1988.


Cory Elmore

Offensive Line

6-5, 260, Freshman

Simi Valley, Calif.

Grace Brethren High School


Twin brother of Ricky Elmore, defensive line signee for UA... First-team CIF Southern Section Division XI offense... PrepStar All-West for coach Terry Gourley... Three-star rating by, two stars from Top 35 offensive guard prospects by Rivals, California Top 100... Nike Camps participant in Los Angeles and Bay Area in spring ?'05... Team lost to Oaks Christian in CIF Southern Section Division XI title game in 05... Comes from a solid program in Ventura County with a 2004 Division XII title, Division XIII playoffs in 2003 and a switch from eight-man football in 2002... All-Ventura County small schools first-team offensive line honors... Honorable mention all-area defensive lineman by Agoura Acorn... Played defensive end to bookend with his brother... Four sacks as a junior and two as a senior... Date of birth: Feb. 1, 1988.


Ricky Elmore

Defensive End

6-5, 235, Freshman

Simi Valley, Calif.

Grace Brethren High School


Cal-Hi Sports All-State small schools first-team defense for coach Terry Gourley... CIF Southern Section/AAF first-team, and CIF Division XI first-team... All-Ventura County first-team defense by the Ventura County Star... SuperPrep All-Farwest... PrepStar All-West...County small schools defensive lineman of year... Twin brother, Cory, joins him at Arizona as an offensive lineman... A key stalwart for Grace Brethren’s ascent in its changeover from eight-man ball in 2002 up through three divisions by his senior year with the Lancers...  Nimble enough to fill in part-time at quarterback... Los Angeles Times preseason Top Southland DL list, along with fellow signees D’Aundre Reed and Conan Amituanai... Grace Brethren played in the CIF Southern Section Division XI title game... Had 15 sacks and 80 tackles in 2005 and was a huge difference maker on kicking units, manhandling the protection for a phenomenal 11 blocked kicks... Had 11 sacks as a junior... Agoura Acorn ?'fantasy all-area’ ... Tight end on offense, with two TD catches against Simi Valley in 2006... Date of birth: Feb. 1, 1988.


Jovon Hayes

Offensive Line

6-2, 320, Freshman

Los Angeles, Calif.

Dorsey High School


Los Angeles Times 2006 first-team All-Star Southland for coach Paul Knox... PrepStar All-America and All-West...  2005 CaliFlorida Bowl participant... Rivals No. 13 OG position and four-star rating, four-star lineman... SuperPrep All-Farwest... 2004 Cal-Hi Sports all-state underclass first-team... Received votes in the Best in the West poll by the Long Beach Press-Telegram... As a junior, he had 100 pancake blocks and did not allow a sack... On defense, he saw action at defensive tackle and recorded 22 tackles, 20 of which were for losses. He also had one sack... Earned CIFLA 4A All-City honors, and first team all-league, all-conference and all-state underclass... In 2005, he had 48 tackles, 20 for losses, three fumbles caused and two sacks. His team went 10-3 on the year and played in CIF Los Angeles City Championships semi-finals, losing to eventual titlist Crenshaw... Date of birth: April 17, 1988.


Tyler Lyon


6-5, 215, Freshman

Newhall, Calif.

Hart High School


PrepStar All-America and Top 200, No. 16 quarterback for coach Mike Herrington... three-star No. 10 pro-style quarterback ranking... three-star rating... ESPN 150 selection... SuperPrep All-Farwest... Finished 2005 with 164 completions in 296 attempts, for 2,282 yards and 16 touchdowns, building a 134.62 pass efficiency rating... 3,108 yards on 213-for-364 passing and 27 touchdowns as a junior in 2004... Had a big game with 348 yards on 24 of 37, with two scores, vs. Glendora... 20 completions in 38 attempts for 294 yards in state title game... Baseball pitcher and plans to earn a chance to try two sports at UA... Sixth consecutive Hart quarterback to earn a college scholarship, following Sean Norton, David Neill, Matt Moore, Kyle Matter and Kyle Boller, a succession of Division I quarterbacks churned out by coach Mike Herrington... Father, Chuck, is coach at College of Canyons in Valencia, Calif.... 11-3 team in 2005... Scored eight touchdowns rushing for 177 yards as a senior... Fab50Recruiting Super Prospect... Date of birth: Sept. 4, 1987, Valencia, Calif.


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