Arizona junior receiver B.J. Vickers, a mid-year transfer who showed good promise in UA's spring practice, was named among the top 5 impact newcomers in the league by Rivals.com.
Vickers joined four other offensive stars -- running back DeSean Jackson of California, wide receiver Patrick Turner of Southern California and a duo from Oregon, receiver James Finley and running back Jonathan Stewart.
Incoming freshman running back Terry Longbons of Phoenix was among a group of 14 other newcomers the recruiting organization reported were contenders for the top five.
Vickers was part of an Arizona class that Rivals rated in the national top 25. He starred the last two seasons at Santa Monica Community College, where he caught 52 passes for more than 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns in his two seasons. Out of Venice, Calif., High School in 2003, Vickers had a four-star rating and earned All-America honors from several publications.
During spring ball, Vickers, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, snagged 11 receptions including one five-catch performance in one of the Cats' live scrimmages. He's mentored by UA wide receivers coach Charlie Williams and is expected to be a key part of offensive coordinator Mike Canales' attack in 2005.
Vickers' father, Ryan, was a two-year letterman tight end at Arizona in 1984 and 1985 under coach Larry Smith. The younger Vickers is the same size as his dad's then listed figures, 6-3, 217.
Arizona opens fall camp in Tucson on Aug. 4. The Cats open the season Friday, Sept. 2, at Utah, in a game to be shown nationally by ESPN.