UA FOOTBALL

Academic problem delaying receiver

2010-07-13T00:00:00Z Academic problem delaying receiverRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 13, 2010 12:00 am  • 

The Arizona Wildcats will have to wait until next week or beyond for the final member of their 2010 recruiting class to join the team.

Wide receiver Dexter Ransom told the Star on Monday that his enrollment is being held up by a "paperwork issue."

The Wildcats open training camp Aug. 5.

"I'm looking at being down there by the 22nd or 23rd of this month," Ransom said. "I was originally going to take summer courses there, but now I'm going to have to wait."

Ransom's issue stems from an online math class that he finished earlier this summer. The UA signee said he mailed the required forms, but they were not received.

"I'm going to re-do it and send it back," he said.

At 6 feet 4 inches and 217 pounds, Ransom is viewed by many as the Wildcats' top incoming wide receiver. He caught 55 passes for 1,146 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons at Blinn College, a two-year school in Brenham, Texas.

Ransom could contribute immediately on special teams or even at receiver.

The Wildcats must replace Delashaun Dean, who transferred to Texas A&M-Kingsville last month after being cited and charged with a misdemeanor weapons offense.

Ransom is disappointed that Dean is off the team but said he's excited for the opportunity to play.

"I wish it could have gone a different way. He could have helped me out a lot," Ransom said. "Now, I feel like I've got to step up more, and become more of an impact player when I get there."

Twenty-three of Arizona's 24 incoming players have begun taking classes, a major victory for a program that once struggled to get all of its players on campus.

Defensive tackle Gabe Long, defensive end Braylon Broughton and offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb were all no-shows at Arizona for academic reasons.

All three players went on to successful careers at other schools. Webb, who eventually enrolled at West Texas A&M, was selected by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of this spring's NFL draft.

Ransom, unlike the others, believes he'll be academically cleared in a matter of weeks. He has been lifting weights and running on his own in Texas and said he's bigger and faster than he was at Blinn.

"Am I ready? Yes, sir," he said. "I've been waiting for two years to get a shot like this."

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