Newcomers look good so farby Brad Allis on Aug. 13, 2010, under Arizona Wildcats Football, Sports
Although Arizona’s recruiting class did not wow the national analysts, it has wowed many who have watched the Wildcats at fall camp. While not many of the newcomers will play huge roles this season, the future certainly looks bright.
Marquis Flowers – The big safety has already made and impact in camp. Although a concussion has sidelined him at Ft. Huachuca, it sure seems like he will see the field this year. He’s big, physical and fast, the only thing keeping him from the two-deep is learning the system. The early returns are that the Army All-American will live up to his high school billing.
Shaquille Richardson – Another big, impressive athlete. Richardson, like Flowers, has made an instant impact and is getting work with the first and second team. He seems really poised to make a run at playing time, and the thought of a 6-3 cornerback has a lot of people intrigued. If the older corners continue to scuffle, then Richardson could really make a run at a starting spot, or at least some quality snaps.
Fabibans Ebbele – Ebbele won’t play this year, but the future is really bright. He’s tall, strong, athletic and has a frame that can handle a lot of weight. He’s shown some nice lateral quickness when going up against veteran ends and it is not a stretch to envision the Chicago native competing for a starting tackle spot next season.
Mickey Baucus – Nearly everything I just wrote about Ebbele could be said for Baucus. Ebbele may be a slightly better athlete, but Baucus may be a tad stronger right now. He too has had his moments against veteran defensive ends.
Tyler Slavin/Austin Hill – The two freshman receivers have already turned some heads in camp. Hill has made some spectacular catches, while Slavin has been consistently solid as an outside receiver. About the only thing keeping them from the receiver rotation is the team’s great depth at receiver. Despite that, it would not be a shock if they saw the field as true freshmen.
Jonathan McKnight – Like Flowers and Richardson, but McKnight has impressed coaches as well. He is not as big as the other two, but has shown all the athletic ability the Wildcat coaches want in a cornerback. Mike Stoops had a lot of praise for him the other day and he could seriously be in the mix next year for a starting spot.
Garic Wharton – Mike Stoops called him the fastest high school football player in America on signing day. Nick Foles says he’s among the fastest, if not the fastest, player on the team. The only problem? He weighs 160 pounds soaking wet. He’s skinny, there is no getting around it. His fellow freshmen, Tyler Slavin and Austin Hill, are more advanced physically and it shows in there performance. However, Wharton has already shown flashes and Stoops was quick to lump him in with Slavin and Hill in praising the group. He had a few catches in the scrimmage and a run for 11 yards. After a year or two in the training program, Wharton could be a game-breaker.
Trent Spurgeon – Okay, I have to start with the beard. Trent’s facial hair resembles that of the lead singer from the Spin Doctors or an Ultimate Frisbee enthusiast. It’s thick, but so is Trent. He’s a tall, athletic blocker who has a decent build but a frame that looks like it can add a lot of weight. He, Ebbele and Baucus all look like they will be monsters.