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Three late surprises in UA football recruiting class

The University of Arizona football team got what appears to be a solid group of recruits Wednesday on national signing date.

“Overall it's a fine class of players and we're really pleased with not only the result but the whole 2010 recruiting process," UA coach Mike Stoops said in a press release. “We built great relationships with these guys and our entire staff. We were able to fill the most pressing needs, especially with the mid-year linebackers, some linemen on both sides of the ball, receivers and players in the secondary.”

There were a few surprises as a trio of three-star recruits – Fabbians Ebbelle, an offensive lineman from Chicago Simeon High School; Jonathan McKnight, a DB/WR from John Curtis Christian High, River Ridge, La., and Sani Fuimaono, a defensive lineman from Punahou School in Honolulu – faxed in their letters of intent. McKnight is the brother of USC running back Joe McKnight. listed UA’s class at No. 41 early this morning. listed UA at 46. As of 2 p.m., had bumped UA up to No. 36 while UA dropped one spot on Ah, the vagaries of recruiting services.

Check out for Brad Allis’ breakdowns by position of UA’s signees. UA also has capsule summaries about the players at

UA seemed to weather the problems caused by the recent losses of offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes and defensive coordinator Mark Stoops. It’s a tough task to keep recruiting continuity when you lose high-quality assistant coaches so late in the process, so kudos to Mike Stoops for keeping things together.

Anthony Gimino has a wonderful column, posted on Wednesday, about trying to rate recruiting classes. The 1990 class was rated as average, yet it went on to produce four All-Americans in defensive lineman Rob Waldrop, place-kicker Steve McLaughlin, free safety Tony Bouie and punter Josh Miller.

I’m a little concerned UA didn’t sign a running back, considering all the injuries at that position this year, and that quarterback Cameron Allerheiligen of Keller, Texas, had so few offers, but other than that, UA should be OK.

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UA has six transfers among its 23 signees and only one, Dan Buckner, a wide receiver from the University of Texas, must sit out the 2010 season.

Among the players who signed are Marquis Flowers from Goodyear Millennium High School, listed as the No. 1 player in the state by, and Canyon del Oro star Josh Robbins, son of former UA standout Randy Robbins.

Offensive lineman Matthew Jakubiec of Service High in Anaheim, Calif., who had committed to UA, did not sign.

2010 Arizona Recruiting Class


Dan Buckner, WR, 6-4, 215, Texas (must sit out 2010 season)

Derek Earls, LB, 6-4, 225, North Dakota State College of Science

Willie Mobley, DT, 6-2, 275, Ohio State/Orange Coast College (Calif.)

Dexter Ransom, WR, 6-4, 217, Brenham (Texas) Blink Community College

Mohammed Usman, DE, 6-2, 240, Navarro (Texas) College

Paul Vassallo, LB, 6-3, 230, Sierra College (Calif.)

Incoming freshmen

Cameron Allerheiligen, QB, 6-3, 190, Keller (Texas) High

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Mickey Baucus, OL, 6-8, 255, Carmel Catholic High, Mundelein, Ill.

Kyle Benson, LB, 6-2, 212, Tempe Corona del Sol

Fabbians Ebbelle, OL, 6-8, 295, Chicago Simeon High

Marquis Flowers, Athlete, 6-3, 2-10, Goodyear Millennium

Sani Fuimaono, DL, 6-2, 270 Punahou School, Honolulu

Chase Gorham, Long snapper, 6-2, 225, Scottsdale Chaparral

Jordon Grandon, DB, 6-1, 185, Avondale Westview

Austin Hill, WR, 6-3, 192, Eleanor Roosevelt High, Corona, Calif.

Carter Lees, OL, 6-5, 235, Kempner High, Sugar Land, Texas

Jonathan McKnight, DB, 6-0, 170, John Curtis Christian High, River Ridge, La.

Dan Pettinato, DE, 6-4, 235, Nevada Union High, Grass Valley, Calif.

Josh Robbins, DB, 6-3, 185, Oro Valley Canyon del Oro

Tyler Slavin, WR, 6-2, 182, Eleanor Roosevelt High, Corona, Calif.

Trent Spurgeon, OL, 6-8, 270, Owasso (Okla.) High

Kirifi Leuta-Taula, DT, 6-3, 269, Servite High, Anaheim, Calif.

Garic Wharton, WR, 5-11, 160, Las Vegas Valley High

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