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Arizona Signs 23 To Football National Letters Of Intent
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Release: 02/05/2003
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Feb. 5, 2003

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TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona football coach John Mackovic and staff today signed 18 prep players and five junior college standouts to National Letters off Intent for the Wildcat football program's 2003 class. The group joins three junior college players signed in the winter period and currently in school.

The overall group is split evenly with 13 defensive players, 13 offensive players and one pegged for duty either way. All are highly regarded in their home areas and beyond.

The class includes players from five states, with 12 Californians leading the way. Nine are from Texas, two are from Arizona and two played high school ball in Florida and Missouri, then later attended junior colleges in Kansas and Arizona.

"These guy can help us win this year," Mackovic said. "There are several of them who will have to play some important roles for us. The tight ends certainly will figure in the rotation and with the young quarterbacks we'll do everything to get them up to speed as quickly as possible - which is different from our first two years at that position," he said.

Arizona addressed primary needs with six defensive linemen, five defensive secondary players and four offensive linemen, then recruited a pair each of quarterbacks, linebackers, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends. Several players have athletic skills that indicate proficiency on either side of the ball.

"We feel we have a good split. We try to balance the recruiting classes offensively and defensively, then fill in the blanks to hit every spot," Mackovic said of the 2003 group. "Yet we've not forsaken getting the best players available just to fill a spot.

"We had a couple of 'trades' in the last 48 hours and that helped us out," he said of late changes of heart and some switching of earlier oral commitments by several student-athletes."

As for its heaviest emphasis on defensive line recruits, Mackovic said "We needed to continue to build our defensive front at tackle and end, and we improved on our numbers there. Another area of concern is on the offensive line and we probably don't have good enough numbers there," he said.

The UA class was rated in the nation's top 30 by both Rivals100.com and PrepStar, two of the year-round tracking agencies for college recruiting. Among the 18 high school players, three were All-Americans by various recruiting publications and a total of 12 earned all-region honors, plus several others from Texas hit the top 100 prospects charts for that state's highly scrutinized prep ranks. Four of the junior college players were listed in national Juco 100 or 125 lists while the other three were all-conference juco selections in 2002.

Mackovic said the Arizona staff "had plenty of obstacles thrown our way" during the recruiting process by other coaches, on the heels of a 4-8 season marked by some off-the-field adversity.

"Our coaches did a terrific job of answering all the issues posed by recruits. And our players did a fine job on campus talking about the team and where we are. I'm very pleased and grateful the recruits and their families gave us an honest opportunity to present our university" in the recruiting process, he added.



2002 Arizona Football Recruiting Class
NamePos.Ht.Wt.Cl.Hometown (School)Coach
Michael BeachCB6-0172Fr.Los Angeles, Calif. (Fremont)Pete Duffy
Brent BoldenHB6-0190Fr.League City, Texas (Clear Creek)Aubrey Schulz
Tommy BriggsTE6-5255Jr.Merced, Calif. (Merced/Fresno City College)Tony Caviglia
Phil ClarkOL6-6325Jr.Newbury Park, Calif. (NPHS/Moorpark College)Jim Bittner
Cedric CoferDT6-4300Fr.DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)Dave Meadows
Lionel DotsonDE6-4235Fr.Pasadena, Texas (Dobie)Mike Stephens
Wilrey FontenotCB5-11170Fr.Humble, Texas (Humble)Neal Quillin
Ismael GarciaOL6-5335Fr.Pomona, Calif. (Garey)Joe Marianni
Peter GranielloOL6-6280Fr.El Paso, Texas (Coronado)Don Brooks
Ray GurleyTE6-5255Jr.Little Elm, Texas (LEHS/Independence, Kan., CC)Kent Keith
Kris HeavnerQB6-3215Fr.Johnson City, Texas (Lyndon B. Johnson)Todd Brown
Chris HenryHB6-1210Fr.Stockton, Calif. (Edison)Booker Guyton
Marcus HollingsworthS5-11195Fr.San Diego, Calif. (San Diego)Bob Perone
Anthony JohnsonWR6-2185Fr.San Diego, Calif. (Horizon)Chris Johnson
Ryan KilpatrickDE6-4220Fr.Fort Worth, Texas (All-Saints' Episcopal)Matt Cook
Richard KovalcheckQB6-3205Fr.San Diego, Calif. (St. Augustine)Jerry Ralph
Dane KrogstadLB6-2220Fr.Forestville, Calif. (El Molino)Tony Saiz
Jason ParkerDE6-5225Fr.San Diego, Calif. (Mission Bay)Desi Herrena
Ryan PattersonCB6-1200Jr.Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista/Pima CC)Jeff Scurran
Clifton StanfordDT6-4275Fr.Los Angeles, Calif. (Thomas Jefferson)Doi Johnson
Syndric SteptoeAth5-10160Fr.Bryan, Texas (Bryan)Marty Criswell
Marquell StinsonLB6-3235Jr.Tulare, Calif. (Western/Fresno City College)Tony Caviglia
Marcus ThomasWR6-1185Fr.Phoenix, Ariz. (Tolleson)Dan Widmaeir
Mid-Year Enrollees Currently in School:
David SharpDT6-3290Jr.*Troy, Mo. (Buchanan/Highland, Kan., CC)Marty Allen
Tom RobinsonOL6-5295Jr.*La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada/Fordham/Cerritos CC)Frank Mazzotta
Zeonte ShermanDB6-0194Jr.*St. Petersburg, Fla. (Pinellas Park/Ariz. Western CC)Bob O'Mera







Michael Beach, Cornerback
6-0, 172, Freshman
Los Angeles, Calif. (Fremont)
Prep Coach: Peter Duffy
A two-way star at quarterback and defensive back, Beach will open his UA career as a corner... Helped Fremont to an 8-3 record in 2002, throwing for more than 1,700 yards and 20 touchdowns... Rushed for about 350 yards, scoring seven times... Accumulated some 80 tackles... Finished his career with 4,150 yards passing and 38 touchdowns, plus rushed for 1,200 yards and scored 12 TDs... All-Coliseum League athlete... Played basketball, ran track and also volleyball and tennis... 200m and 4x100 relay league titlist... Played in UA summer passing league in 2002... Solid student with cumulative 3.0 GPA... Timed at 4.5 in the 40...

Brent Bolden, Halfback
6-0, 190, Freshman
League City, Texas (Clear Creek HS)
Prep Coach: Aubrey Schultz
Arizona dipped into its familiar Houston recruiting grounds to snare on the top backs in the metro area in Bolden... Dave Campbell's Texas High School Football Texas Top 20 running back and overall Top 300... Finished with 1237 yards and 11 touchdowns, including 120 yards and two touchdowns against North Shore in the playoffs... Team was undefeated in regular aseson...Earned unanimous All District 24-5A first-team honors... PrepStar All-Midlands... Galveston Daily News first-team All-County... Made the Fort Worth Star-Telegram State 100 chart... SuperPrep All-Southwest, No. 67... Honorable mention all-state... Rivals100 top 20 all-purpose back... Honorable mention 5Atexasfootball.com All-Texas... Rushed for more than 1300 yards and eight scores as a junior to earn unanimous first-team All-District 24 as well, averaging more than 10 yards per carry... Don Cartwright's Lone Star 100 honorable mention... Big game in 2002 season opener with 10 carries for 174 yards and touchdowns of 12, 43 and 63 yards to earn 5Atexasfootball.com Player of the Week honors... Track sprinter in 100m, 200m and two relays...

Tommy Briggs, Tight End
6-5, 255, Junior*
Merced, Calif. (Merced HS/Fresno City College)
JC Coach: Tony Caviglia
UA looked for some immediate size at the position in signing Briggs to the tight end corps, where UA loses two lettermen... Briggs comes to Arizona as a junior college transfer with three years to play two... Solid sophomore year at Fresno City with 19 receptions for 277 yards and 4 touchdowns, averaging 14.6 yards per grab... All-Central Valley Conference honors... Played on 9-2 club in 2002 that won its first nine games before losing to Reedley College and then again to Reedley in the Northern California Championship game of state playoffs...

Phil Clark, Offensive Line
6-6, 325, Junior
Newbury Park, Calif. (NPHS/Moorpark College)
JC Coach: Jim Bittner
Clark played on a Raiders team at Moorpark that finished the year 10-1 with a 55-28 victory over Pasadena City in the Shrine Potato Bowl to earn the nation's No. 6 final juco ranking... He has a big frame and size likely to put him in the mix along the front his first year at Arizona...

Cedric Cofer, Defensive Tackle
6-4, 300, Freshman
DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto HS)
Prep Coach: Dave Meadows
UA went after a big man and came away with Cofer from the Metroplex south of Dallas... Dave Campbell's Texas High School Football top 300 pick... Had 49 tackles as a junior, with two sacks... PrepStar all-region honorable mention... Severely fractured his leg in a summer 2002 camp and missed his senior year, but continued to attend practices and all attendant football functions... Lone Star 100 Super State as an offensive lineman, plus No. 60 on Don Cartwright's Lone Star 100 final edition, plus made the ...Listed No. 39 on the Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 prospects despite the missed season... Helped DeSoto reach the state quarterfinals in 2001, playing along both front lines... 5Atexasfootball All-Defense prospect and No. 5 on its Region 1 list, with four of five stars... A top 25 DL prospect by Fab50 Recruiting...

Lionel Dotson, Defensive End
6-4, 235, Freshman
Pasadena, Texas (Dobie HS)
Prep Coach: Mike Stephens
Texas top 100 selection by all three major metropolitan dailies, the Dallas Morning News (No. 52), Houston Chronicle and Fort Worth Star-Telegram... SuperPrep All-Southwest... Rivals100 top 25 weak-side defensive end rating and No. 51 overall prospect in Texas... PrepStar All-Midlands... No. 24 defensive end prospect by Tom Lemmings Prep Football Report... Texas Nifty 150 picked by Max Emfinger, rated a top 11 defensive end... Attracted by Arizona's large contingent of Texas players... Recorded 50 tackles and 13 sacks his senior year... First-team all-district honors in 2002... Dave Campbell's Texas High School Football top 300... Prep Football Report No. 24 defensive end prospect... Selected for Texas-Oklahoma Oil Bowl... Don Cartwright's Lone Star 100 honorable mention... SuperPrep All-Southwest preseason pick... First-team all-district honors in basketball as a junior center... Recently reached Eagle Scout... Member of Jack & Jill of America, a community service group for young people aiding the elderly...

Wilrey Fontenot, Cornerback
5-11, 170, Freshman
Humble, Texas (Humble HS)
Prep Coach: Neal Quillin
Arizona will examine Fontenot's athletic abilities in a potential variety of ways this fall... Three-way threat for the Humble Wildcats, who won ten consecutive games in the regular season and finished 11-2 in the state semifinals... Honorable mention 5Atexasfootball.com All-Texas... In one game, he scored a 54-yard touchdown on the opening run of the contest (vs. Deer Park). Also had a 26-yard catch in the game... Returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in 50-14 victory over Port Arthur Memorial... Don Cartwright's Lone Star 100 honorable mention... Finished with 40 tackles, three interceptions and four PBU on the corner... Track sprinter who ran on prestigious Track Houston's intermediate boys 4x100 B relay group at the 2000 National Youth Athletics Championship in Decatur, Ill., to a fifth-place finish with the B Team in the Young Men's 4x100 at the 2002 USATF Youth Nationals in Miami, Fla., and to a fifth-place finish in the 4x800 relay at the National Junior Olympics in Omaha, Neb., in July 2002... Ran on Humble's 2002 5A state champion 4x400 relay...

Ismael Garcia, Offensive Guard
6-5, 335, Freshman
Pomona, Calif. (Garey HS)
Prep Coach: Joe Marianni
UA continued its trend toward recruiting size in the trenches with Garcia's signing... PrepStar honorable mention all-region honors... All-league and all-county honors...Garey rushed for more than 2,000 yards each of the three years he started... All-Inland Valley honors... Arizona coaches liked his footwork and relative speed for a 340-pounder, and think he projects as a big-body guard rather than a tackle... Recruited by UA line coach Charlie Dickey and hosted on campus by freshman quarterback Ryan O'Hara...

Peter Graniello, Offensive Tackle
6-6, 280, Freshman
El Paso, Texas (Coronado HS)
Prep Coach: Don Brooks
Arizona kept its eye on El Paso - where it recruited star receiver Mike Jefferson a year ago -- and came away with an All-City big man up front in Graniello, who immediately announced plans to get bigger and stronger... Honorable mention Texas High School Football Coaches Association 5A Academic All-State... All-district offensive line honors in 2002... Dave Campbell's Texas Football Blue Chips Top 300, top 50 offensive line prospect... 5atexasfootball.com preseason All-Region 1 ... Had 29 tackles playing on the defensive line... Rivals100 two-star rating... Said he was attracted to UA's offensive philosophy of a balanced attack... Finished fifth in the District 1-5A Track Championships in the shot put his junior year... Earned National Honor Society distinction in 2002...

Ray Gurley, Tight End
6-5, 255, Junior
Little Elm, Texas (LEHS/Independence CC/Pima CC)
JC Coach: Kent Keith
Gurley earned PrepStar Juco national 125 honors for his work in the KJCCC...Also was named to SuperPrep Juco 100... Earned first-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honors in 2002... Caught 46 balls for 479 yards and six TDs... Preseason honorable mention National Junior College Athletic Association All-America... JCFootball Top 101 prospect, among top 10 at tight end... Three-star rating by Rivals100.com... Played one year at Division II Pittsburg, Kan. State before switching to Independence CC ... Earned second-team all-district at Little Elm as a soph and first-team honors his final two years, capped by District Offensive MVP and all-state honors... 38 catches for 334 yards and 7 TDs as a senior and high on Texas and national TE prospects charts...

Kris Heavner, Quarterback
6-3, 215, Freshman
Johnson City, Texas (Lyndon B. Johnson HS)
Prep Coach: Todd Brown
One of Arizona's first recruits in the class... First-team Associated Press Sports Editors Class 2A All-State honors... Dave Campbell's Texas High School Football top 15 quarterback selection... PrepStar All-Midlands... SuperPrep All-Southwest, No. 104... Max Emfinger Texas 150 top 10 drop-back QB prospect... Don Cartwright's Lone Star 100 honorable mention... 5Atexasfootball.com Top 100 prospect... All-District for four years, plus one year each as a safety and punter... Accounted for more than 5,338 yards passing and 1,645 yards rushing from his sophomore through senior years at Johnson City... Capped his career with 2,104 yards passing, 813 rushing yards (14 TDs) and 18 passing touchdowns his senior year... Rivals100 top 50 regional prospect and SuperPrep All-Southwest entering the year after he threw for 1767 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, running for 285 yards and five scores... Early in his senior year he accounted for all the scores in one game, passing for four touchdowns and running for two others in Johnson City's 47-39 loss to San Saba... Also played baseball, basketball and track... Three-time all-district in hoops... high jumped 6-2... All-district in baseball two years...

Chris Henry, Halfback
6-1, 210, Freshman
Stockton, Calif. (Edison HS)
Prep Coach: Booker Guyton
UA recruited a number of guys pegged as 'athletes' in 2003 and brings Chris Henry to Tucson from Central California... PrepStar All-West... SuperPrep All-Farwest ... Rivals.com Athletes 2003 national list at No. 43, one of three UA recruits on that chart... Rivals.com three-star rating and its California 100 chart at No. 85... Has a reported 10.4 time in the 100 and clocked in sub-4.4 time for the 40... Finished third in the Metro Relays 100m in March 2002 ... SuperPrep preseason All-region... Rushed for 300 yards as a junior fullback... Some colleges projected him as an outside linebacker, all considered him for positions requiring speed and Arizona will give him his initial work at halfback...

Marcus Hollingsworth, Safety
5-11, 195, Freshman
San Diego, Calif. (San Diego)
Prep Coach: Bob Perone
National profile as an athletic prospect on either side... Rivals100.com 2003 Athlete, No. 45; Western League Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-Western League as offensive utility player... All-CIF region honors, all-league as junior... Recruited as a defensive back and option quarterback... Had 79 tackles and four interceptions on defense... the only team to beat Mission Bay High School in regular-season games in 2000 and 2001... Led team to 8-2 record as a junior ... Team MVP all four years... Four games 200 passing and 100 rushing as junior... 275 yards rushing on 19 carries in loss to La Jolla in 2002... First-team all-conference as junior with 1,610 yards passing and 1,030 rushing.. Rivals100.com 3-star and a California 100 player at No. 95... Honor Student of the Month by Union-Tribune...
National Scholar Athlete three years in high school... Homecoming King his senior year...

Anthony Johnson, Wide Receiver
6-2, 185, Freshman
San Diego, Calif. (Horizon HS)
Prep Coach: Chris Johnson
Arizona continued to recruit some height on the offensive perimeter with Johnson, as it did with Biren Ealy and Mike Jefferson in the 2002 class... Wildcat coaches were attracted to Johnson because of his background on a contending team that played in the San Diego Section CIF Division IV Championship game, (losing narrowly, 23-20, to San Diego Christian)... Prep Football Report All-West... PrepStar honorable mention all-region honors... All-Coastal South League receiver... 30 receptions, 15 of those going for scores... Returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score... Threw seven TD passes while playing QB for five games... Team offensive player of the year, plus Coach's Choice award... Junior-year all-league free safety... Listed as a SoCalHoops.com Top 30 shooting guard and nominated for McDonald's All-America team... Selected for Super 60 all-star hoops league play... Coached by his brother...

Ryan Kilpatrick, Defensive End
6-4, 220, Freshman
Forth Worth, Texas (All Saints' Episcopal)
Prep Coach: Matt Cook
A four-sport starter, Kilpatrick brings all-around athletic skills to UA... SuperPrep All-Southwest, listed the No. 65 prospect in the region... Rivals100 three-star prospect and No. 28 at defensive end position... Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram Texas 100... LoneStar100 honorable mention... Recruited by a number of Big 12, Big Ten and SEC schools... Three-year letterman and 2002 team MVP... Athletic skills with prospects at running back, linebacker or tight end, and will open UA career at defensive end... 14 sacks in 2002... Punted for a 37.4 average in 2002... DFWrecruiting.com Top DE prospect list, No. 5... 5Atexfootball.com top DL prospect, listed as high as No. 7... Reported 38-inch vertical leap... In 2002 he had 832 yards rushing, 11 TDs... 198 yards rushing on 20 carries, plus three touchdowns vs. Trinity... Rushed for 115 yards and a pair of TDs in game against Austin St. Andrew's, with scores of 49 and 25 yes... Had 95 yards and 2 TDs against Irving Cistercian... Played for Division II champions ... Had 91 tackles, 11 sacks, 5 PBU and 5 fumble recoveries as a junior, plus rushed for 767 yards and 7 TDs... Dave Campbell's texashigh schoolfootball.com top 20 DL... Starter on basketball, baseball and track teams ...

Richard Kovalcheck, Quarterback
6-3, 205, Freshman
San Diego, Calif. (St. Augustine HS)
Prep Coach: Jerry Ralph
UA brought in a pro-style quarterback from the west coast in luring Kovalchek away from several other noted 'QB' schools... Completed his senior season with 2,600 yards passing and 19 touchdowns in leading St. Augustine to the CIF San Diego Section championship game... Threw for more than 7,000 yards and 70 touchdowns in his career at St. Augustine High School... on defense his senior year... Earned Best in the West second-team honors from the Long Beach Press-Telegram, with six votes... Prep Football Report All-America... Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100... PrepStar All-West... SuperPrep All-Farwest, No. 47... First-team All-Eastern League... All-San Diego Section second-team honors from the San Diego Union-Tribune... Rivals.com four-star rating, Rivals California 100 listing at No. 35, and Student Sports theinsiders.com rating as the No. 11 QB... Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report Top 100, and listed as the No. 11 QB... Right knee injury slowed his career in 2001... Played in Global Junior Championship game for team USA in come-from-behind 28-21 victory ... Four-year Honor Roll student, with advanced placement studies in English and mathematics... More than 100 hours of community service working with disabled children... Coach under-12 flag football team...

Dane Krogstad, Linebacker
6-3, 220, Freshman
Forestville, Calif. (El Molino HS)
Prep Coach: Tony Saiz
Krogstad was a running back and wide receiver on offense and a linebacker and strong safety on defense for El Molino last year, and likely comes to UA in one of the latter roles... An athletic player rated a top-25 tight prospect on Rivals.com Tight Ends 2003 list... PrepStar All-West honors as tight end... Basketball regular, plus a discus thrower, for three years... Had league-best discus throws (164-5) and shot put (46-0) in 2002, with the discus effort the top in the Redwood Empire area and the No. 6 throw in the CIF-North Coast Section... On 4x400 relay that won league title three years... Scholar-athlete honors from ninth grade on... Student Leadership Council for El Molino... Golden State Exam Award winner in history, biology and chemistry...

Jason Parker, Defensive End
6-5, 225, Freshman
San Diego, Calif. (Mission Bay HS)
Prep Coach: Desi Herrena
UA went back to MBHS for another DE prospect this year and came away with a good one... Union-Tribune All-San Diego Section first-team defensive selection... League Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Western League honors in 2002... SuperPrep All-Farwest... Team lost in semi-finals his senior year... Cousin of UA's likely DE starter Marcus Smith, former classmate at MBHS... Two-way star who was the school's inside presence on the Buccaneers basketball team... Had 60 tackles and nine sacks his senior year, plus had 38 receptions as a tight end, winning MBHS Most Valuable Player honors... SuperPrep preseason No. 60 Farwest prospect... Union-Tribune top area prospect list... All-league honors as a junior... Second-team all-league baseball player in 2002... One of San Diego County's top basketball scorers this year at 19 points per game...

Ryan Patterson, Cornerback
6-1, 200, Junior
Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista HS/Eastern CC/Pima CC)
JC Coach: Jeff Scurran
The University of Arizona's first recruit from Pima, which began football play in 2001... UA coaches liked his hard-hitting play... First-team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference honors, plus Western States Football league first-team selection as a safety... Five interceptions, and returned one 40 yards for a score... Also ran a fumble back 45 yards for a TD against the USAF Academy junior varsity... High school teammate of former Wildcat record-setting receiver Bobby Wade at Desert Vista... Attended Eastern Arizona JC in 2000... Named to NJCAA All-America 'watch-list' prior to last season and earned second-team honors...

Tom Robinson, Offensive Line
6-5, 295, Junior*
La Mirada, Calif. (LMHS/Fordham/Cerritos CC)
JC Coach: Frank Mazzotta
Mid-year transfer who will compete in spring ball... Ability at center or guard for the Wildcats... PrepStar Juco 125... SuperPrep Juco 100... Three-star rating by Rivals100.com... Helped Cerritos average 5.7 yards on 414 rushing attempts in 2002... Attended Fordham University of high school and redshirted 2000, then played two years at Cerritos... At La Mirada as a senior, he earned Suburban League Offensive Lineman of the Year and first-team divisional All-CIF... All-league and 2nd-team Division CIF... Sixth place in state track meet in shot put senior year... Shot putter in high school, scored in '99 CIF Southern Section meet...

David Sharp, Defensive Tackle
6-3, 290, Junior*
Troy, Mo. (Buchanan HS/Highland CC)
JC Coach: Marty Allen
Arizona has recruited Midlands junior colleges for offensive linemen with success and feels solid with mid-year transfer Sharp... Will compete in spring ball... Second-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honors and team's Best Defensive Lineman Award... PrepStar Juco 125... Six sacks to tie for fifth in the league... Preseason first-team All-America by the National Junior College Athletic Association... As a frosh he earned KJCCC honorable mention honors ... Two-star Rivals 100.com rating...

Zeonte Sherman, Safety
6-0, 194, Junior*
St. Petersburg, Fla. (Pinellas Park/Ariz. Western CC)
JC Coach: Bob O'Mera
The Wildcats signed three players from Arizona and one of them is Sherman, who hails all the way from Florida... PrepStar national Juco 125... Second-team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference and Western States Football League honors... JCFootball.com pre-season JC Top 101 list... Comes to Arizona with three years to play two... Rivals100.com three-star JC rating... Had 32 tackles his freshman year, with four interceptions as a corner, then added 69 hits and two picks playing safety his sophomore year... Will compete in spring ball...

Clifton Stanford, Defensive Tackle
6-4, 275, Freshman
Los Angeles, Calif. (Thomas Jefferson HS)
Prep Coach: Doi Johnson
Potential on both sides of the ball, although he'll likely open his UA career on defense... CIF-LA Section All-City honors as second-team offensive lineman... Jefferson beat Carson in the first round of City Section playoffs and lost to Gardena to finish 6-6... Played in the CaliFlorida Bowl prep classic in January 2003... 10 sacks, 64 tackles, 18 TFL... L.A. Times All-City DL honors... Rivals100.com two-star rating, top 150 nationally... Three-year starter... Two-time
Coliseum League defensive line pick... Starting basketball center this year...

Syndric Steptoe, Athlete
5-10, 160, Freshman
Bryan, Texas (Bryan)
Prep Coach: Marty Criswell
SuperPrep All-America as a wide receiver... Dave Campbell's Texas High School Football 2nd-team Super Team honors... Rivals.com Athletes 2003 national list at No. 48... Dallas Morning News top 100, along with Houston Chronicle state 100 honors... 'Athlete' pick for 5atexasfootball.com second-team All-Texas... fab50recruiting.com Top 50 defensive back... PrepStar All-Midlands as an 'athlete'... Prep Football Report All-Southwest as a receiver... SuperPrep Southwest No. 30... Played mostly quarterback his senior year and earned first-team All District 13-5A honors as a utility back... Played wide receiver, slot back, running back and QB in one game against Temple... Had 32 catches for 607 yards and five scores as a junior receiver... 5A All District 13 honors and a Texas Football second-unit Super Team pick junior year... Has potential in the return game, with outstanding speed. Had 10 punt returns for 215 yards as a junior... Attended U.S. Army All-American Camp that summer, and also recorded a 37-inch vertical leap in Texas Nike Camp... Top five finishes in 2002 District track championships in long jump and 4x100 relay... Point guard in hoops...

Marquell Stinson, Linebacker
6-3, 235, Junior
Tulare, Calif. (Western HS/Fresno City College)
JC Coach: Tony Caviglia
Stinson, an accomplished junior college linebacker, should fit in well at one of the positions where UA lost all three starters from its 2002 club... Arizona coaches liked his pursuing style of play and rangy frame... In 2002 he had two interceptions for 37 yards... Earned 2002 All-Central Valley Conference first-team honors... Rivals100.com three-star rating... Played on 9-2 club his sophomore year that won its first nine games before losing to Reedley College, and then again to Reedley in the Northern California State Juco Championships game... Starred at Western High School in Tulare, Calif...

Marcus Thomas, Wide Receiver
6-1, 185, Freshman
Phoenix, Ariz. (Tolleson HS)
Prep Coach: Dan Widmaeir
The all-time leading rusher in Arizona history, Thomas is likely to open his career at receiver for the Wildcats...
Parade All-America honors for 2003... First-team Best in the West honors from the Long Beach Press-Telegram... Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100... Prep Football Report All-America... SuperPrep All-America and No. 19 RB prospect... Phoenix Metro Football state Player of the Year and Super All-State... Whizzer White Award as state's best running back... SuperPrep All-Farwest No. 2 prospect... Rivals.com Athletes 2003 national list at No. 11... No. 22 national tailback by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report... PrepStar All-West as an 'athlete'... Set Arizona prep rushing record with 3,573 yards on 334 carries his senior year, scoring a phenomenal 41 touchdowns... Rushed for a state-record total of 5,878 yards during his career... Also caught 18 passes for 360 yards and five touchdowns in 2002, plus recorded 52 tackles and had seven interceptions playing safety... Reported 4.33 speed... Rushed for 400 yards three times and 300 yards five times... The season total of 3,573 rushing yards is the eighth best in U.S. high school history...

Arizona's 2003 Recruiting Staff
Head Coach John Mackovic
Recruiting Coordinator Rob Ianello (WR)
Defensive Coordinator Larry Mac Duff (RLB/SS)
Offensive Coordinator Rick Dykes (QB)
Steve Bernstein (DB Coach)
Jay Boulware (RB Coach)
Charlie Camp (DE Coach)
Charlie Dickey (OL Coach)
Marty Long (DL Coach)
Scott Pelluer (LB Coach, Special Teams)
Jeff Rodgers (Defensive Graduate Assistant (WLB)
Terry Samuel (Offensive Graduate Assistant (TE)
Strength Coach Brad Arnett
Heather Matjasic (Recruiting Intern)
Ana Verdin (Recruiting Administrative Assistant)
Dan Berezowitz (Football Operations Director)
Kelly Hooker, John Mackovic's Administrative Asst.
Donna Dykes, Administrative Assistant
Andi May, Administrative Assistant
Dan Loyd (Video Graduate Assistant)
Student office aides Ryan Clewett, Andrew Weidinger

Arizona Football Recruiting Numbers

Total Recruits Signed:26
Prep Newcomers: 18
Junior College Newcomers: 5
Mid-Year Enrollees:3
Defensive Players: 13
Linemen: 6 (1 JC)
Secondary: 5 (2 JC)
Linebackers: 2 (1 JC)
Offensive Players: 12
Linemen: 3 (1 JC)
Quarterbacks: 2
Running Backs: 2
Wide Receivers: 2
Tight Ends: 2 (2 JC)
Athlete: 1
By Home States: 5
California: 12
Texas: 9
Arizona: 2
Florida 1
Missouri:1
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