Cats Sign 24 to 2009 Football Class

Feb. 4, 2009

TUCSON—University of Arizona football coach Mike Stoops and staff have signed 24 players for the 2009 season including today’s group of 21 players and three who enrolled at mid year.

In all UA added five defensive linemen, four linebackers, four offensive linemen, two receivers, a quarterback, and two tight ends, running backs, defensive backs and athletic skill-position players whose positions will be determined later.  Nineteen in the class are freshmen, with three junior college signees.

“I really like the overall athleticism and skill of this recruiting class,” Stoops said. “We looked for athletes with size and speed and believe this group brings those qualities.

“We had an immediate need to bring in depth at linebacker, and that was a focus, as was bringing in some mid-year guys who I think can help our offensive line,” he said. “I’m pleased with the entire recruiting process.”

The Cats signed players to nine positions with the class, plus two “athletic” recruits whose college positions, as is the case for others, could be on either side of the ball – offensive tackle, tight end, running back, receiver, quarterback, defensive back, defensive end, defensive tackle and linebacker.

The February signees join three mid-year transfers who signed letters in December, cornerback Marcus Benjamin and projected offensive tackles Jack Julsing and Shane Zink.

“The staff did an outstanding job of evaluation from the start in building this recruiting class,” Stoops said. “We were organized in bringing kids in for visits, getting commitments and keeping in touch. It paid off,” he said.

 


2009 Arizona Football Recruiting Class

 

Player

Pos

Ht

Wt

Yr

Birthdate

Hometown/School

Jake Baratz

OL

6-5

275

Fr.

9-10-90

Naperville, Ill. (North)

Jack Baucus

TE

6-6

250

Fr.

12-22-90

Mundelein, Ill. (Carmel Catholic)

Kylan Butler

RB

5-8

180

Fr.

7-5-90

Antioch, Calif. (De La Salle)

Travis Cobb

WR

6-0

180

Jr.

8-5-87

Rocky Mount, N.C. (Rocky Mount/Blinn College)

Trevor Erno

LB

6-1

230

Fr.

12-15-90

Lakewood, Calif. (Lakewood)

Jake Fischer

LB

5-11

220

Fr.

8-30-90

Oro Valley, Ariz. (Ironwood Ridge)

Cordarius Golston

LB

6-1

200

Fr.

6-30-91

Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster)

Adam Hall

Ath

6-4

205

Fr.

9-15-89

Tucson, Ariz. (Palo Verde)

Jonathan Hollins

DT

6-3

295

Jr.

9-26-91

Baton Rouge, La. (Redemptorist/Canyons)

Daniel Jenkins

RB

5-9

187

Fr.

6-5-92

Moreno Valley, Calif. (Rancho Verde)

Terrence Miller

TE

6-4

220

Fr.

1-16-92

Moreno Valley, Calif. (Rancho Verde)

Ryan Milus

DB

5-10

160

Fr.

9-19-90

Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton)

Richard Morrison

QB

6-0

180

Fr.

11-7-90

Royse City, Texas (Royse City)

C.J. Parish

LB

6-2

235

Jr.

12-22-88

College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated/Blinn

DeWayne Peace

WR

5-11

180

Fr.

1-11-91

Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie)

Jackson Powell

DE

6-5

230

Fr.

4-17-91

Newbury Park, Calif. (Newbury Park)

Chris Putton

OL

6-4

275

Fr.

6-14-91

Glendale, Ariz. (Cactus)

Derrick Rainey

Ath

6-1

180

Fr.

2-22-90

Houston, Texas (Northbrook)

Sione Tuihalamaka

DT

6-2

275

Fr.

9-18-91

Hawthorne, Calif. (Junipero Serra)

Taimi Tutogi

DE

6-1

260

Fr.

1-2-91

Chula Vista, Calif. (Chula Vista)

Justin Washington

DE

6-2

275

Fr.

7-29-91

Cypress, Texas (Cypress Woods)

Mid-Year Enrollees:

Marcus Benjamin

DB

6-0

180

Jr.

1-3-87

St. Martinville, La. (Westgate/Arizona Western)

Jack Julsing

OL

6-7

300

Jr.

11-11-88

Moreno Valley, Calif. (Vista del Lago/College of the Desert)

Shane Zink

OL

6-6

290

Jr.

9-14-89

Redding, Calif. (Enterprise/Shasta College)

 

 

Jake Baratz, Offensive Line, 6-5, 275, Freshman, Naperville, Ill. (North) 2008 All-Area selection by the suburban Daily Herald… High School Sports Media’s Illinois Tremendous 26… First-team all-conference 2008… All-state honors from Illinois Prep… Chicago Sun-Times All-Area special mention ’08… PrepStar All-Midwest offensive lineman… Barataz brings a 23-2 background at the Illinois championship level. The Huskies were Class 8A State champs at 10-1 as a junior under coach Larry McKeon, and made-second-round playoffs to finish 10-1 in 2008… 2008 Chicago Five-Star Academy camp… Recruited by coach Bill Bedenbaugh… Son of Mary Joe and Arnold Baratz… Date of birth Sept. 10, 1990.

 

Jack Baucus, Tight End 6-6, 250, Freshman, Mundelein, Ill. (Carmel Catholic) Chicago Sun-Times All-East Suburban Catholic league honors… Sun-Times All-Area special mention, All-State special mention… High School Sports Media’s Illinois Tremendous 26… Chicago Tribune Players to Watch ’08… PrepStar All-Midwest tight end… Tom Lemming Chicago area Top 30… Member of perennial state playoff program under coach Andrew Bitto… Played for 10-2 quarterfinalists in 2008… Made semis as a junior… Well-rounded student with offers from service academies… Knee injury ended season in November playoffs… Played basketball for Carmel Catholic… Recruited by coach Bill Bedenbaugh… Son of Ann and Michael Baucus… Date of birth Dec. 22, 1990.

 

Marcus Benjamin (Enrolled Spring ’09), Defensive Back, 6-0, 200, Junior, St. Martinville, La. (Westgate/Arizona Western) Benjamin, 20, earned NJCAA All-Western States Football Conference first-team honors in 2008… Tied for national NJCAA lead with eight interceptions… Second-team NJCAA All-America honors for coach Tom Minnick… Verbally committed to LSU in 2005 but did not enroll… A preseason National Junior College Athletic Association first-team all-American… Had 67 tackles as freshman with two interceptions against then-second-ranked Snow College. He returned one 55 yards for a touchdown. He led the conference in punt returns... Recruited by coach Jeff Hammerschmidt… Son of Mary and Rene Demouchet… Date of birth Jan. 3, 1987.

 

Kylan Butler, Running Back, 5-8, 180, Freshman, Antioch, Calif. (De La Salle) Comes from hugely successful prep program… Starred for 12-2 Spartans club rated the top squad in Bay Area for coach Bob Ladouceur, playing in CIF Division I State title game… Contra Costa Times All-East Bay League… Bay Area News Group-East Bay All-Area second-team honors… PrepStar All-West… Rushed for 1,286 yards and 15 TDs on 157 carries… Season-high 196 yards on nine carries in North Coast Section title game, Concord’s 17th consecutive NCS championship… 13-0 for 2007 CIF Division 1 State Championships - NCS Class 4A Champions Spartans…Beat Centennial Corona for title… 14 carries for 78 yards and two catches in showdown…116 carries for 887 yards and 17 TDs, plus 10 catches for 290 and 4 TDs as junior…In four playoff games, he rushed for 341 yards and seven touchdowns… Second-team All-BVAL league honors behind teammate Tito Pica… Strong showing in NorCal Nike camp in May 08… Has been referred to as a ‘scary’ back for Coach Bob Ladouceur… Has family in Arizona… Recruited by coach Jeff Hammerschmidt… Son of Yolanda and Anthony Butler… Date of birth July 5, 1990.

 

Travis Cobb, Receiver, 6-0, 180, Junior, Rocky Mount, N.C. (Rocky Mount/Blinn College) Helped lead Blinn and coach Brad Franchione to a 9-3 record and the Heart of Texas Bowl against Fort Scott (Kansas( in 2008… Likely to see action as an outside receiver in his first UA camp… 36 catches for 508 and four touchdowns for the Bucs in 2008… Cobb earned first-team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honors as a return specialist… NJCAA Region 14 first-team specialist honors… Averaged 34 yards per kick return, with a 95-yarder for a touchdown… Rated among the top 100 national juco prospects… Had five catches for 162 yards and three TDs in a 49-24 upset victory over then-No. 1 Navarro in the SJCFC championship game…. Played with fellow signee C.J. Parish in 2008 and current Wildcats Sterling Lewis and Herman Hall at Blinn in 2007… Recruited by coach Dana Dimel… Date of birth Aug. 5, 1987.

 

Trevor Erno, Linebacker, 6-1, 230, Freshman, Lakewood, Calif. (Lakewood) All-CIF Pac-Five first-team defense… Co-Moore League Defensive MVP… PrepStar All-America… Tacoma News Tribune Western 100…Played on 10-3 club rated in California Top 25 for coach Thadd MacNeal … Team made CIFSS Pac-Five semis… Erno had 128 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 2008, to lead the Lancers… Probable fit at UA as an inside linebacker… Played on kicking units as a hard-hitting force… Offense-Defense Sports All-America game in South Carolina 2009… Was early nominee for U.S. Army All-American Bowl… Participant in Speedburner speed-training camps to improve burst ability…MaxPreps first-team Division I All-State defense 2008 for Lancers… Erno had 96 tackles and seven sacks during his junior season, when … Same school as former UA linebacker Adrian McCovy, a Lakewood Hall of Fame member… Committed to Arizona as a junior… Recruited by coach Mike Tuiasosopo… Son of Tina and Tim Erno… Date of birth Dec. 15, 1990.

 

Jake Fischer, Linebacker, 5-11, 220, Freshman, Oro Valley, Ariz. (Ironwood Ridge) Arizona Football Coaches Association Class 5A second-team All-State… PrepStar All-West… Arizona Republic All-5A second-team honors as a linebacker for coach Gary Minor…Linebacker or fullback prospect, with powerful downhill running style… 24 carries for 216 yards in playoffs against Sunnyside… Nighthawks made 5A Division II state semifinals and had a 10-3 finish… 5A Southern II All-Region Defensive MVP by coaches in 2008, first-team defense, 2nd-team offense… 2007 All-Southern Arizona by Arizona Daily Star… Recruited by coach Dave Nichol… Son of Sue and Brett Fischer… Date of birth Aug. 30, 1990.

 

Cordarius Golston, Linebacker, 6-1, 200, Freshman, Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster) Golston was a second team All-District 15-4A selection as a sophomore and was a first team all-district selection as a junior after a 100-tackle, five-sack season… PrepStar All-America… Played on a 2008 defense with 11 returning starters and seven eventual all-district picks… Three-year starter for coach Andrew Jackson… Young player likely to open his first camp on the outside… Some recruited him as a potential safety, for point-of-attack play… School is nearby UA recruiting hotbed of DeSoto in Metroplex… 2008 Dallas Five-Star Academy participant… Recruited by coach Mark Stoops… Son of Cordarius Golston… Date of birth June 30, 1991.

 

Adam Hall, Athlete, 6-4, 205, Freshman, Tucson, Ariz. (Palo Verde) Big potential on both sides of the ball… Parade All-America as a receiver… EA Sports All-America as a multi-purpose player… PrepStar All-America as athlete… Tacoma News Tribune Western 100…Averaged 10 yards for every touch in 2008, with 38 total touchdowns -- 25 rushing, five receiving, three on interceptions, three on kickoff returns, and one apiece on fumble and punt returns… Receiver, safety and running back as a prep… Arizona Football Coaches Association 4A All-State first-team receiver… Player of the Year by Tucson Citizen and Arizona Daily Star… Arizona Republic All-Arizona for coach Todd Mayfield and 10-2 Titans… Arizona Republic Big School Player of the Year… U.S. Army All-American Bowl participant January 2009 in San Antonio… 2008 4A Gila All-Region first-team offense (all-purpose)… Honolulu-Mainland All-Star Game 2009… Honorable mention Best in the West by Long Beach Press-Telegram… Second-team all-Southern Arizona DB by Arizona Daily Star in2007… Father, the Rev. James Hall, played for Arizona in 1970s… Recruited by coach Dave Nichol… Son of Tamerlyn and James Hall… Date of birth Sept. 15, 1989.

 

Jonathan Hollins, Defensive Line, 6-3, 295, Junior, Baton Rouge, La. (Redemptorist/College of Canyons) Southern California Football Association unanimous first-team All-National Division for Canyons, of Santa Clarita, Calif… All-Western State Conference first-team defense for coach Garrett Dujague, who took the team to 12-1 and state title game… National top 50 juco rating for Hollins… Had 44 tackles, and 4.5 sacks as a soph… In first year, recorded 31 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries… Will have two years’ eligibility… Signed with Texas Tech out of Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge, La., in spring 2006 and briefly attended Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia and Jones County Junior College in Mississippi… All-Louisiana 40 out of high school after leading team to state 3A title with 103 tackles and seven sacks… Recruited by coaches Sonny Dykes and Dave Nichol… Son of Ruth and Kenneth Thomas… Date of birth Sept. 26, 1991.

 

Daniel Jenkins, Running Back, 5-9, 187, Freshman, Moreno Valley, Calif. (Rancho Verde) One of top RBs in Inland Empire… Coaches liked Jenkins’ open-space ability and fit in UA’s offense… PrepStar All-America… Tacoma News Tribune Western 100… CalHiSports All-State nominee for Southern Section… All-Inland Valley League honors as a junior DB for the Mustangs… Two bigs games with 212 rushing yards and 3 scores against St. John Bosco, and three TDs and 191 yards against Arcadia in 2008… Played cornerback as an underclassman just to break into the lineup at Rancho Verde for coach Pete Duffy… Ran for over 1,014 yards and 15 touchdowns as a 2007 junior, with superb nine yards per tote… Nike elite 08 camp… Young player who skipped third grade… Recruited by coach Tim Kish… Son of Charlotte and William Jenkins… Date of birth June 5, 1992.

 

Jack Julsing - (Enrolled Spring ’09), Offensive Line, 6-7, 300, Junior, Moreno Valley, Calif. (Vista del Lago/Desert) Likely to open spring drills 2009 as a tackle for the Wildcats… Recruited as a pass protection type… Transferred to UA from College of the Desert, Palm Desert, Calif., at mid year … Initially attended Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater, then returned to Southern California to play for Roadrunners and coach Dean Dowty… Played in Orange County Bowl and were 6-5 in 2008…. Prepped at Vista Del Lago High School in Moreno Valley…. Played high school basketball… Recruited by coaches Tim Kish and Bill Bedenbaugh… Son of Sandy Cheasty and John Julsing… Date of birth Nov. 11, 1988.

 

Terrence Miller, Tight End, 6-4, 220, Freshman, Moreno Valley, Calif. (Rancho Verde) Wide receiver in prep ranks who should get work at tight end for Arizona… All-CIF Inland Division first-team honors 2008… Riverside Press-Enterprise honorable mention All-Area for coach Pete Duffy… Played in January 2009 Inland Empire All-Star Classic for Riverside County team, and threw a scoring pass… Scouting combines participant… Had 48 catches for over 650 yards and 12 touchdowns during his 2007 junior season for Rancho Verde Mustangs… Prepped with fellow Arizona signee Daniel Jenkins… Played some quarterback as underclassman… All-league and All CIF-Southern Section Central Division as junior… Nicknamed ‘Primetime’… Recruited by coach Tim Kish… Son of Diane and Clarvin Miller… Date of birth Jan. 16, 1992.

 

Ryan Milus, Defensive Back, 5-10, 160, Freshman, Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton) Cover corner type… Arizona Football Coaches Association Class 5A All-State first-team honors… Arizona Republic All-Arizona 2008 for coach Steve Belles… PrepStar All-West… Tacoma News Tribune Western 100…70 tackles senior year … Had three interceptions and four blocked kicks in 2008…Team was Class 5A State titlists, and had a 96-yard kickoff return to open second half in 17-10 victory over Brophy, also had interception in the game… Father, Ron, was secondary coach for St. Louis Rams and was UW standout in 1982-85 as a defensive back… Five interceptions his junior year… 5A Division I champion in 100-meters at 10.5 in 2008… Cousin of former UA All-American hoop star Jason Terry… Recruited by coach Tim Kish… Son of Sandra Milus… Date of birth Sept. 19, 1990.

 

Richard Morrison, Quarterback, 6-0, 180, Freshman, Royce City, Texas (Royce City) All-District 10-4A Offensive Player of the Year 2008, first-team offense for Bulldogs… Dallas Morning News Area 100… PrepStar All-Midlands for coach Greg Strahm… Rushed for 586 yards and eight TDs and threw for 2,472 and 22 scores in 2008… Rushed for 37 touchdowns and threw for 77 during his three-year career… 2007 3A all-state… All-District 10-3A MVP after junior year… Morrison was 241 of 353 for 3,350 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2007, helping the Bulldogs average 443 yards and 43 points per game. He also ran for 11 touchdowns for Royse City, which finished 11-1 under coach Rodney Webb… Club was 9-1 in 2006… 829-student school… 123 carries for 911 yards and 18 TDs as a sophomore, when he also had 337 receiving yards… Recruited by coaches Mark Stoops and Sonny Dykes… Son of Robert Mitchell… Date of birth Nov. 7, 1990.

 

C.J. Parish, Linebacker, 6-2, 235, Junior, College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated/Blinn) Helped Blinn of Brenham, Texas, post a 9-3 record and finish No. 11 in NJCAA poll after appearance in Heart of Texas Bowl against Fort Scott… 34 regular-season tackles for the 9-2 Bucs and coach Brad Franchione… Reported 4.5 speed that saw him recruited out of prep ranks as both fullback and end… At A&M Consolidated High School he was unanimous first-team All-District 13-5A as a senior LB… Ran track and earned spot in state regionals… Had 107 tackles as a junior… Follows teammates Sterling Lewis and Herman Hall from Blinn squad to UA… Recruited by coach Dana Dimel… Date of birth Dec. 22, 1988.

 

DeWayne Peace, Receiver, 5-11, 180, Freshman, Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie) Unanimous first-team All-District 7-5A honors in 2008…. Dallas Morning News Texas 100… Morning News No. 49 on Area 100… Texas Football Magazine second-team Super Team… PrepStar All-Midlands… Reported 52 receptions for 687 yards and eight touchdowns in 2008… Recruited as a both a defensive back and a receiver… 5ATexasFootball watch list… Likely to see initial work as an outside receiver at UA… 7-4 team under coach David Fisher… Had a Big Ten school in his sights but wanted to play receiver… Wide receiver MVP honors at ’07 Underclass Camp… Father calls him ‘DP’… Recruited by coach Sonny Dykes… Son of Sherry and Greg Peace… Date of birth Jan. 11, 1991.

 

Jackson Powell, Defensive End, 6-5, 230, Freshman, Newbury Park, Calif. (Newbury Park) Considered a top defensive line prospect in the area, Powell aarned first-team All-CIF Divisional honors… All-area honors from the Los Angeles Daily News for the second straight season and was also an All-Ventura County pick for coach Gary Fabricius… MaxPreps first-team Division I all-State defense… PrepStar All-West… Had 40 tackles and six sacks for Newbury Park, which went 7-4 on the season… Also had O-line work… Junior season had 67 tackles, 9.5 sacks and one interception for 11-2 club, to earn first-team Marmonte League honors… Son of former USC three-time All-American and five-time Pro Bowl player Marvin Powell, an offensive lineman with the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1977 to 1987… Lives with mom, Kristine, in California, dad is in Florida… 2007 First-team All-Defense by Ventura County Football Coaches Association (Large Schools) honors… Outstanding student who plans a science course of study… Offensive coordinator for Newbury Park was former UA quarterback Keith Smith… Recruited by coach Dave Nichol… Son of Kristin Powell… Date of birth March 17, 1991.

 

Chris Putton, Offensive Lineman, 6-4, 275, Freshman, Glendale, Ariz. (Cactus) Arizona top 30 and national top 100 tackle prospect, likely to open his UA career at that position… PrepStar All-West… Arizona Football Coaches Association Class 4A All-State first-team honors in 2008… Arizona Republic Class 4A first-team offense citation for 8-4 squad that went to second round of playoffs… 24-7Football All-4A-1 offense… Played left tackle as senior for the Cobras and coach Gary Fetkenhier… Thrower for Cactus track team, with best of 45-10 for seventh in the shot at 2008 4A 1 State Championships and 108-11 in discus in 4A 1 West Valley Regionals… Recruited by coach Tim Kish… Son of Manuela Baechler and Aurelio Putton… Date of birth June 14, 1991.

 

Derrick Rainey, Athlete, 6-1, 180, Freshman, Houston, Texas (Northbrook) Athletic potential on both sides of the ball, with his first work in camp open to discussion…PrepStar All-Midlands as athlete for coach Craig Cripps… High school quarterback as a junior at times, recruited as a receiver, running back and safety as well… 93-557 4 TD rush as soph, 98-726 3 TD rush as junior; 12-277 4 TD rec as junior for the Raiders… 5ATexasfootball.com watch list… Basketball player, high jumper and long jumper for Northbrook track squad… district 19-5A champion in high jump in 2007 at 6-6 and regional qualifier…Older brother Jonathan will be a sophomore linebacker at New Mexico, most recent previous FBS player out of suburban Northbrook… Recruited by coach Bill Bedenbaugh… Son of Maria Rainey… Date of birth Feb. 22, 1990.

 

Sione Tuihalamaka, Defensive Line, 6-2, 275, Freshman, Hawthorne, Calif. (Serra) All-Del Rey League Lineman of the Year and first-team defense in 2008… Daily Breeze All-Area in 2008 and 2007… MaxPreps first-team Division 3 All-State defensive lineman… PrepStar All-West… A repeat all-stater, Tuihalamaka had 83 tackles and 13 sacks on the year… LA Wave first-team All-Area offensive lineman… Force for all-boys school Junipero Serra and coach Scott Altenberg on both sides of the ball… All-Northwest Section honors in Ventura County as junior for the Cavaliers… Rising Stars Camp at USC in summer 08…Los Angeles Times ‘others’ to watch top Southland D-Linemen entering season for Cavaliers… Brother of UA linebacker Apaiata Tuihalamaka, cousin of linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka… Family is of Tongan descent, and one of UA’s best ever was defensive tackle Stanley Mataele in the mid 1980s… Recruited by coach Mike Tuiasosopo… Son of Amelia Sivi Finau and Kafoata Tuihalamaka… Date of birth Spet. 18, 1991.

 

Taimi Tutogi, Defensive End 6-1, 260, Freshman, Chula Vista, Calif. (Chula Vista) Athletic big fullback, defensive end, H-back type who should get a first look on the defensive edge for Arizona… Union-Tribune All-San Diego Section second-team honors 2008 for coach Judd Rachow… All CIF-San Diego Section first-team defense by San Diego Hall of Champions… Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 as an RB… Mesa League Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Mesa League offense by SDHOC… PrepStar All-West running back… Had 95 rushes for 490 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2008, plus 65 tackles and 11 sacks, 26-404 receiving… As a junior he had r: 467 yards on 72 carries for a team-high 6.5 yards-per-carry average. His nine rushing touchdowns tied for the team lead, plus he had 18 catches for 350 yards and six TDs… Recruited by coach Jeff Hammerschmidt… Son of Esperanza and Daniel Tutogi… Date of birth Jan. 2, 1991.

 

Justin Washington, Defensive Lineman, 6-2, 275, Freshman, Cypress, Texas (Cypress Woods) Arizona coaches were recruiting Washington early, and it paid off… 2008 unanimous First-team All-District 15-5A defense selection for the Cypress Woods Wildcats, a first-year varsity program in tough Northwest greater Houston… PrepStar All-Midlands… School opened in 2006 and Washington played its junior varsity schedule out of the Houston limelight for two years… Could be an inside player at the college level, according to coach David Jones… VYPE High School Sports All-Greater Houston defense for his ‘NFL butt, legs and motor,’ honored at the 2008 Texas Bowl… selected for inaugural 2008 Space City Classic all-star football game showcasing Houston talent in March 2008… Recruited by coach Dana Dimel… Son of Stacy Washington… Date of birth July 29, 1991.

 

Shane Zink (Enrolled Spring ’09), Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 290, Sophomore, Redding, Calif. (Enterprise/Shasta College) Big-bodied athletic player likely to open at tackle at Arizona in spring ball… Bay Valley Conference first-team offense honors for coach Craig Thompson in his first year at Shasta College in 2008, starting all 11 games… Good student who has three years eligibility beginning in 2009… Zink helped Shasta go 9-2, earn postseason trip and win Bulldog Bowl over Monterey Peninsula College in 2008… Prepped at Enterprise High School in Redding, and is second player from school to earn Division I scholarship… Stayed in town to play at Shasta College after high school… Second-team All-Northern Section offensive tackle as senior… Dominating inside man for Hornets basketball team in high school, earning first-team All-Eastern Athletic League honors and area MVP by the Redding Record-Searchlight… Also prep shot put competitor… Played in high school band as freshman… Recruited by coach Jeff Hammerschmidt… Date of birth Sept. 14, 1989.

 

Recruiting Notes… Arizona will award Jason Bertoni, the 2008 letterman as the long snapper, to the scholarship list… The Cats bring back two new players who transferred last year from four-year colleges and sat out ’08 -- sophomore quarterback Nick Foles of Austin, Texas, and Michigan State; and defensive end Scott Smith of Honolulu and the University of California… Arizona added a recruited walk-on at mid-year, freshman offensive lineman Trevor Laue (6-5, 270) of Barrington, Ill., High School… An even dozen players in the 2008 football signing class played last year, plus a summer addition (RB Nick Booth) also saw action in his first year. They include RB Keola Antolin, DE Dominique Austin, WR Juron Criner, OG Mike Diaz, OG Vaughn Dotsy, WR David Douglas, DB Robert Golden, OL Herman Hall, LB Sterling Lewis, QB Matt Scott, LB Vuna Tuihalamaka and DT Jowyn Ward... Diaz ended up being a starter, Lewis started five games, Criner started three and Tuihalamaka was a top reserve and special teams stalwart along with others in the group. Antolin was a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week... Scott was the No. 2 QB... The youngest among signees is Daniel Jenkins, who will be 17 in June. Terrance Miller turned 17 last month... Arizona’s spring ball is scheduled to start March 4, with Marcus Benjamin, Jack Julsing and Shane Zink the signees on hand…

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