The Arizona Wildcats will open training camp Thursday with newcomers on both the offensive and defensive lines.

And more reinforcements are on the way — eventually.

Defensive end Ben Dixon verbally committed to the UA's 2012 recruiting class this afternoon, giving the Wildcats yet another big body in what's shaping up as a sizable effort.

Dixon is the 11th player to verbally commit for next season; eight of them -center Beau Boyster, defensive tackle Cayman Bundage, offensive tackles T.D. Gross and Steven Moore, guard Zach Hemmila and defensive ends Kyle Kelley, Dwight Melvin and Dixon - play the offensive and defensive lines.

"I liked the coach, the program and the school," Dixon said tonight. "I like Tucson and - what else? - I liked the people."

The 17-year-old Dixon is not yet rated by the recruiting service, but has a chance to emerge as a sleeper. The 6-foot-3-inch, 235-pound prospect figures to be among the best players this season for Ventura's St. Bonaventure High School, one of Southern California's powerhouse programs. The Seraphs went 11-2 overall and 8-1 in Marmonte League play last season.

Read more in Tuesday's Arizona Daily Star.


The sports editor of the Arizona Daily Star.