Thursday, February 3, 2011
Arizona recruiting wrap
By Ted Miller
The 2011 class
Recruits: 17, who will join five players who enrolled at mid-year
Top prospects: Rob Hankins, the No. 10 linebacker in the nation, was a nice get out of Texas. Dominique Petties and Hank Hobson are undersized but speedy prospects at outside lilnebacker. Running back Ka'Deem Carey and wide receiver Patrick Onwuasor could break into the rotation, though the Wildcats are deep at receiver.
Needs met: The class includes four offensive linemen, three linebackers, two receivers, two running backs, two defensive ends, two defensive backs, one defensive tackle and one tight end. The top needs were at defensive end, linebacker, offensive line and running back, so the class filled the needs.
Analysis: The class is strong at linebacker, which shows that coach Mike Stoops doesn't want to again find himself the pickle he did last year when the position lost three starters and there was little depth behind them. Carey and Jared Baker could find their way into the rotation at running back with the loss of Nic Grigsby and injury issues with Keola Antolin. Quarterback Daxx Garman will participate in spring practices after missing his senior season due to eligibility issues. Most of the incoming offensive linemen look like projects, which isn't good when the line needs rebuilding. This is a solid class but it's not high on star-power.
ESPN recruiting grade: C+