Salpointe Catholic's Cameron Denson (5) has committed to play at the UA but couldn't help but be impressed when Alabama showed up.


During the recent spring recruiting period, it wasn't uncommon for Arizona Wildcats commit Cameron Denson to get called into the Salpointe Catholic football office to visit with a college coach.

In fact, it was pretty much a daily occurrence.

The standout wide receiver/defensive back had a routine down. He'd walk in, shake some hands, listen to the coaches and reinforce at the end that he was firmly committed to Rich Rodriguez and the UA.

But he'd be lying if he said there wasn't one specific visit this spring that didn't catch his eye.

"When Alabama came in, that was crazy," Denson said. "I see a guy with an Alabama shirt, and it was just nuts. They were just telling me how they work and comparing me to some players they have now. They told me that if I was interested, to keep in contact.

"It's something to keep in the back of my mind."

Surely it's tough to dismiss the defending national champions. But Denson's message to the Crimson Tide was the same one he delivered to West Virginia, Oklahoma State and a slew of other schools that are still trying to recruit the UA commit.

"Right now, I'm staying true to my word," said Denson, who added he wouldn't take any recruiting visits without checking with Rodriguez first. "That's just that right now. I've spent a lot of time over there recently, and I'm still sold on everything."

When Denson pledged to the Wildcats in January, he was the first 2014 recruit to do so. Six-plus months later, the UA's recruiting class is up to eight players, and Denson is the centerpiece.

His focus this summer isn't on garnering more recruiting attention or trying to move from a four-star recruit to a five-star. It's about getting on the same page with his Salpointe teammates for a season where a shot at the state title isn't a hope - it's an expectation.

"We've been working out four days a week at 6:30 a.m., and going to passing leagues," said Denson, who will head to San Diego State this weekend with the Lancers for a passing league tournament. "The talent on our team is definitely showing up."

Salpointe coach Dennis Bene is pleased his star's focus is on the team this summer.

"There's no need for him to go to combines and camps," Bene said. "He has a scholarship in the back pocket. How can he refine his game and lead the team? That should be and is his focus. We want him to focus on being a complete player and winning a state championship.

"There's nothing more he needs to focus on."

UA offers another

Denson's Salpointe teammate, Kaelin Deboskie landed an offer from Arizona last week.

Deboskie is now the fourth Southern Arizona player to receive an offer from the Wildcats. He joins Denson and Sabino standouts Matt Bushman and Andrew Mike.

Deboskie, the younger brother of former Cal and Northern Arizona player Covaughn Deboskie-Johnson, played last year at Heritage High School in Texas. He grew up in Arizona, though, and has been dreaming about a UA offer.

"He's been waiting for that offer for a while now," Denson said. "We always talk about playing together in college. Now, it can actually happen."

Deboskie has said he plans to go on some recruiting visits before choosing a school.

QB close to decision

California high school quarterback Cade Apsay told the recruiting service this week that he is close to choosing a school.

The three-star recruit holds offers from Arizona and Colorado. Apsay threw for 3,333 yards and 39 touchdowns as a junior at Canyon Country High School.

Contact reporter Daniel Berk at or 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk.