Arizona Wildcats Have Great Recruiting Week After Two Tucson Standouts Commit
The Wildcats coaching staff had one of the best recruiting weeks in recent University of Arizona history last week, as they received commitments from four 2011 players.
Arizona held their annual Big Man camp on the weekend of June 5, so fans expected to hear about some new scholarship offers and maybe hear about a commitment or two from players who finalized their decisions.
Fans got a little bit more than they expected however, as the week progressed.
The week started off with a bang when the 'Cats got a commitment from Jacob Arzouman, an offensive lineman who lives right in Arizona's backyard.
A standout at Salpointe Catholic, Arzouman is projected to play offensive center for the Wildcats in the future.
At 6'3", Arzouman is the ideal height for center on Coach Bedenbaugh's big, bruiser offensive line and his frame can support the addition of some more weight to his 250lbs.
Arzouman had received interest from Ivy League schools, which speaks volumes about his academic prowess. A big, smart, athletic offensive lineman is always a highly valued commodity for Arizona football.
Within hours of Arzouman's commitment, the Arizona coaches received more good news with the commitment of linebacker Hank Hobson.
Hobson has been a player that has flown under the radar to this point in his recruitment and Arizona fans should consider themselves lucky.
Hobson's highlight reel is filled with tackles for losses and bone crushing hits on quarterbacks and wide receivers alike.
Arizona led early in the recruitment and a visit out to Tucson was enough to seal the deal for the 6'2", 210lb tackling machine from Bakersfield Stockdale High.
A couple days went by and the coaches received another phone call and more good news.
Kerry Swarn became the first secondary player to commit to the Wildcats in the 2011 class. The coaches are only looking to bring in a couple players at the safety position this year, so the fact that Swarn received an early offer is indicative of his ability.
Swarn is yet another player that the Arizona coaches have managed to find before anyone else can start heavily recruiting him.
Swarn plays for Dallas Lincoln, a Texas high school that has produced some solid athletes and football players, so Swarn's potential is high.
Besides, with a last name like Swarn, he is sure to be a fan favorite in the nickname department. Anyone like the sound of The Swarn Identity, or ASU's Swarn Enemy?
The crown jewel of the tremendous recruiting week came on Friday and the player who committed didn't have to travel very far to let the coaches know where he'd be playing college ball.
Ka'Deem Carey, the Tucson Canyon Del Oro standout and The Arizona Republic's 2009 Big School Player of the Year pledge his services to the Wildcats.
Carey rushed for 2,738 yards and 43 touchdowns and added two more touchdowns on kick and punt returns on his way to leading Canyon Del Oro to the 2009 state championship.
Carey might even be considered slightly under-rated even as a four-star on rivals.com due to the fact that he has attended almost no offseason football camps and is rumored to be struggling in the classroom.
An early commitment will allow the coaches to offer Ka'Deem the help he needs academically, however, and should he qualify the Wildcats will get one of the best runnning backs to come from Arizona in recent memory.
The addition of the four 2011 commitments bring the Wildcats total to seven with players coming from Oklahoma, California, Texas, and Arizona.
If the Wildcats continue to have recruiting weeks like this past one, the 2011 class could be one to remember.
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