Arizona Wildcats football news and notes: On recruiting, 2014 projections, Carey and more

2014-01-24T12:15:00Z 2014-01-24T12:27:44Z Arizona Wildcats football news and notes: On recruiting, 2014 projections, Carey and moreDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

There won't be a lot of recruits at Lowell-Stevens Football Facility this weekend, but that doesn't mean it isn't an important weekend for the Arizona Wildcats.

Arizona will host just one recruit this weekend — four-star defensive tackle Marcus Griffin. Griffin visited Cal last weekend and was supposed to check out Notre Dame this weekend. Instead, he canceled on the Irish and will visit Tucson. 

Griffin is listed at 6-feet-3-inches and 292 pounds and would give the Wildcats some much needed size on the defensive line. As we wrote earlier this week, the Wildcats are close to finished with their 2014 class and don't have many targets left.

However, Scout.com reported earlier this week that defensive tackle recruit Sharif Williams will greyshirt his freshman season after suffering a severe leg injury as a high school senior. The decision to greyshirt means Williams will rehab his injury on his own and join the Wildcats in 2015.

So with Williams no longer in the fold for next season, Griffin would fill a need on the defensive line. Griffin tweeted earlier this week that he will commit on national signing day on Feb. 5.  


• In this ESPN Insider piece (subscription required) from Mel Kiper Jr., the draft guru says Ka'Deem Carey made a smart decision declaring for the draft and will likely be a second or third round pick in May.

• This is from a couple of days ago, but the ESPN Pac-12 blog is reliving the top performances of 2013 and remembered Carey's brilliant performance against Oregon.

• This site believes Carey is the top running back available in May's draft and ranks all the RBs.

• Athlon Sports put together some very early projections for 2014 last week. Athlon has Arizona No. 4 in the Pac-12 South behind UCLA, USC and Arizona State. A small sampling: "Rich Rodriguez has Arizona trending in the right direction (back-to-back 8-5 seasons). But the Wildcats may take a small step back in 2014, especially with quarterback B.J. Denker expiring his eligibility, and running back Ka’Deem Carey leaving for the NFL."

• Marquis Flowers and Tevin Hood will play in the College All Star Bowl on Feb. 14 at Furman University in South Carolina. Flowers tweeted today he accepted an invitation to the game. Hood committed to the game a couple of weeks ago. Both are likely to go undrafted in May's draft. 

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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