NCF On The Trail: Arizona football

Arizona grabs sleeper Tony Ellison

June, 27, 2013
Three-star athlete Tony Ellison (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay) committed this week to play in the Pac-12 for Arizona, multiple sources report.

Ellison announced his decision on Twitter:


Fresno State and Wyoming also extended scholarship offers to the 5-foot-11, 162-pound prospect, considered the nation's No. 68-rated ATH.

The Wildcat now have 11 players on board for 2014.

Zona grabs Cali corner Jace Whittaker

June, 25, 2013
Rising senior Jace Whittaker (Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside) committed Monday to sign with Arizona, according to media reports.

Boise State, Nevada, San Diego State and Washington State also extended scholarship offers to the 5-foot-11, 156-pound cornerback.

He posted an electronically-timed 4.77 40-yard dash, 4.22 20-yard shuttle, 38.3-inch vertical, 27-foot power throw and 79.5 SPARQ this spring on the Nike Combine circuit.

Arizona has nine players on board for 2014. According to reports, three-star tight end Nick Nataro (Estero, Fla./Estero), who announced for the Wildcats in February, is no longer committed.

Arizona Cats host elite 2014 recruits 

October, 21, 2012
The Arizona Wildcats made a statement to the rest of the Pac-12 with a decisive victory over the Washington Huskies on Saturday night. But perhaps more importantly, especially when it comes to the Wildcats' future, Arizona's 52-17 victory came in front of several prized 2014 recruits.

Watch list members offensive tackle Andrew Mike (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino), wide receiver Cameron Denson (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic) and wide receiver Jalen Brown (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe), as well as tight end Matt Bushman (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino) and wide receiver Mitch McCulley (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler) were all in attendance.

Mike, Denson and Brown all hold Arizona offers already and are on their way to becoming three of the most highly recruited players in the region.

Brandon Cox reconsiders Arizona pledge 

October, 10, 2012
After taking an official visit this past week to Utah, quarterback Brandon Cox (Pasadena, Calif./Pasadena) had seen enough to know that he wants to see more. The Arizona commitment announced Wednesday that he spoke with the Wildcats coaches and they decided together that there was reason for him to reopen his recruitment.

"We both decided it would be better for me to step back and look at all my options and find my true decision of what I want to do," Cox said. "It's something I've been thinking about for a while. Arizona didn't really want me to take visits, but I knew I wanted to go out and see other places and enjoy the whole recruiting process."

Arizona remains in the picture as a possible destination, but the 6-foot-2, 184-pound quarterback added that he'd like to take a closer look at Maryland on an official visit and could take one to Colorado as well. A new school in the picture is Utah, which offered Cox a scholarship while he was on campus.

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Brandon Golson now set for Arizona 

October, 9, 2012
Linebacker Brandon Golson (Georgia Military College/Milledgeville, Ga.) has committed to sign as part of Arizona's Class of 2013, multiple sources report.

Golson, 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, originally signed with South Carolina in 2010 as a four-star prospect. He did not qualify and therefore headed to Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy before signing with Louisville's Class of 2011.

The Gamecocks had continued to pursue Golson, and, according to, He also was offered by Kansas, Kansas State and Middle Tennessee during this recruiting cycle, while 247Sports lists Texas A&M as another offer.

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