By Mitchell Kapler
#86 Travis Bell 6’6 225 Tight End (Fr.)
Bell played tight end at North Monterey County high school in Castroville, California. Bell’s brother is Tanner Bell who played offensive tackle for the Wildcats the past three seasons and will play a pivotal role with the offensive unit this season. Travis Bell had 8 receptions for 97 yards as well as 75 tackles and four sacks on defense in 2003. Bell was a National Scholar-Athlete award winner and earned honors as a PrepStar All-West pre-season and post-season pick as a tight end. He lettered in football and track twice as well as baseball three times. Bell will provide depth behind the starting rotation of tight ends (#87) Steve Felming, (#88) Clarence McRae, and (#17) Brad Wood.
#37 Jason Bondzio 5’9 170 Kicker (Fr.)
Bondzio comes from Humble, Texas where he earned honorable mention All-State 5A honors by the AP press. Bondzio earned accolades from Rivals.com as the #24 rated kicking prospect, 5Atexasfootball.com 2nd team All-Texas selction, and 1st team All-District 22-5A honors. Bonzdio’s career statistics are 126 of 127 PAT’s and 13 of 15 FG tries. Not only has Bondzio been successful on the field but he has been successful off of it as well earning Second-Team Academic All-State class 5A honors and he was a National Honor Society student. Bondzio will backup starting kicker (#16) Nick Folk this fall.
#96 Danny Espinosa 6’1 290 Center (Fr.)
Espinosa played high school football with fellow freshman cornerback (#5) Antoine Cason at Los Alamitos high school in southern California. Espinosa earned SuperPrep All-Farwest honors as a California Top 125 prospect, PrepStar All-West honors, 1st team All State for both offensive line and defensive line from the AP Press, as well as making All-Sunset League in 2003. Espinosa helped Los Alamitos high school win a CIF Division 1 Championship his junior year (2002), and also competed in wrestling during his prep career. Espinosa was a Four-time honor roll student at Los Alamitos and looks to provide depth behind starting center (#67) Keoki Fraser. The Arizona coaching staff might use Espinosa on the defensive front as well.
#60 Dillon Hansen 6’6 290 Offensive Tackle (Fr.)
Hansen comes from Las Cruces High School in New Mexico where he earned 1st team All-State AP press honors. Hansen was rated #51 by Rivals.com, and good enough to make Max Emfinger Super Mid-America Top 200. Arizona coaches feel that Hansen has as much potential as anyone else in the incoming class. Hansen earned three letters in football, two in baseball and one in wrestling. Hansen will provide depth behind the veteran offensive unit this season.
#75 Joe Longacre 6’4 310 Offensive Tackle (Fr.)
Longacre comes from Katy, Texas where he earned honorable mention All-State 5A from the AP Press, 1st team All-State 5A from the Texas Sports Writer’s Association and 2nd Team 5Atexasfootball.com All-Texas honors. Longacre’s State champion team beat fellow recruit Yaniv Barnett’s team in the state semi-finals, and finished wtih 15-1 record that had a 2,000 yard rusher on the offense. He was a three year letterman in football, and also lettered in track and baseball. Longacre was also a four year honor roll student and he too will provide depth behind the starting offensive unit this fall.
#89 Bobby McCoy 6’2 180 Wide Receiver (Fr.)
McCoy is a speedy athlete that looks to participate with the track team as well at Arizona. McCoy led Klein high school (Houston, Texas) with 32 catches for 585 yards earning accolades from the Houston Chronicle Top 100, and making 1st team All-District both his junior and senior year. McCoy also was SuperPrep All-Southwest honoree, PrepStar All-West pick, and a Lone Star Recruiting Top 10 receiver. McCoy was the District 15-5A 400M champion, and ran a 46.88 in the 400M at 5A state track meet in Texas. McCoy looks to provide depth behind an experienced yet young receiving core but don’t be surprised if you see McCoy on the field in 2004.
#85 Gerold Rodriguez 5’11 180 Wide Reciever (Fr.)
Rodriguez comes to Arizona from Venice High School in Los Angeles, California where he caught 56 passes for 1,082 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior in 2003. Rodriguez was a PrepStar All-West selection and a team captain his senior year. During Rodriguez’s junior year he grabbed 46 balls for 1,042 yards and 7 touchdowns. Rodriguez has shown a lot of potential during camp and will most likely provide depth behind the receiving unit while making the transition to the college game. This young receiver also might find himself contributing more than he expected during his freshman year.
#73 Eddie Rollman 6’4 285 Offensive Guard (Fr.)
Rollman comes to Arizona from Burnet, Texas where he played for a high school football team that went to the 3A state title games two years in a row (2002 & 2003). He reportedly did not allow a sack as a senior and was on an offense that averaged 419 yards and 46 points per game. Rollman earned Texas Sports Writer’s Association 1st team 3A All-State honors and AP All State honors as a senior and junior. He also earned SuperPrep All-Southwest honors, Max Emfinger Mid-America 200 and national Top 300. Rollman lettered in baseball twice and track three times earning All-District honors in football and track for shot put. Rollman will provide depth this year behind the veteran offensive unit but look out for Rollman and his classmates in the future.
#52 Bill Wacholz 6’7 300 Offensive Tackle (Fr.)
Wacholz suffered a broken leg prior to his senior season which scared off many Division I schools. Wacholz was a preseason CalHi Sports All-State nominee and San Diego Union-Tribune area prospect. Wacholz worked out at a Nike Camp and displayed enough ability to convince Coach Stoops and the coaching staff to offer him a scholarship. Wacholz teammate in high school (Rancho Bernardo) is freshman (#98) Chirs Kolone. Wacholz will also provide depth behind the offensive unit but look out for this stocky freshman in the future.
#47 Justin Walsh 6’6 240 Tight End (Fr.)
Walsh comes from Laguna Hills, California where he was SuperPrep All-Farwest Top 100 California prospect as well as PrepStar postseason All-West honors. Walsh had 30 receptions for 484 yards and three touchdowns during his senior year. The tall tight end looks to provide depth this season but he could potentially be a dominate tight end for UA in the future.
#79 Sheldon Watts 6’3 265 Center or Offensive Guard (Fr.)
Watts comes from Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas. Watts earned SuperPrep All-Southwest honors on its Texas 150 list as well as earning All-District 20-5A honors. Watts is one of seven Houston area recruits to sign with UA. He lettered three years in football and two in track and field and was also an honor roll student. Look out for Watts in the future as he too will provide depth for the offensive unit.
#17 Brad Wood 6’3 220 Tight End (Soph.)
Wood is local recruit that spent a season with Coach Scurran at Pima Community College. He played slot receiver, H-back and flex tight end at Pima helping the Storm to a successful season. Wood will provide the tight end core some depth this year but be on the look out for #17 to contribute to the offense in 2004 for the Wildcats.