UA football: Lineman standing by decision to join Cats

2011-12-15T00:00:00Z 2012-02-07T01:51:59Z UA football: Lineman standing by decision to join CatsRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 15, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Arizona coaches have spent the week pursuing some of the region's top available football prospects.

On Wednesday, however, they made a splash by retaining one verbal commit and pushing hard to keep another one.

Oklahoma City two-way lineman Cayman Bundage will follow through on his commitment after meeting with new coach Rich Rodriguez over the weekend.

"You can tell he's a good coach from his record," Bundage told The Oklahoman. "Then when I met him, he's a people person. We bonded well, and that was a plus. I think he's gonna be good. We're gonna have a productive season, I can tell."

The Scout.com recruiting service lists Bundage, a 6-foot-2-inch, 280-pound offensive guard and defensive tackle, as a three-star recruit and the sixth-best player in Oklahoma.

He chose Arizona over offers from Arkansas, Missouri, North Texas and Tulsa.

Bundage verbally committed to coach Mike Stoops over the summer. And while he never decommitted, Bundage - like most Arizona recruits - took a wait-and-see approach while the UA hired Stoops' replacement. Bundage told The Oklahoman that Rodriguez's decision to keep offensive line coach Robert Anae on staff swayed his decision.

With the line taken care of, UA coaches are turning their attention to quarterbacks.

UA assistants visited Modesto, Calif., signal-caller Nate Sudfeld on Wednesday night with hopes of keeping him committed. Sudfeld was in Tucson last weekend but left without saying whether he'd follow up on his verbal vow.

While Sudfeld heard Arizona's pitch, Scottsdale Community College quarterback Cody Sokol visited the UA.

Sokol, meanwhile, is viewed as one of the nation's top undecided junior college quarterbacks. He led the Western States Football League with 3,807 passing yards and 43 touchdowns as a sophomore this fall. The JC star will choose among offers from the Wildcats, Cincinnati, Florida International and Iowa; he's scheduled to visit the Hawkeyes this weekend.

Arizona's positive recruiting news has helped dull the realization that both the Wildcats and Arizona State are out of the Davonte Neal sweepstakes. Neal, Scottsdale Chaparral's star wide receiver/cornerback, turned away UA recruiters when they tried to visit earlier this week, according to The Arizona Republic.

"I'm going out of state," he said.

On StarNet: Follow the Cats and their new coach through the offseason on Ryan Finley's blog at: azstarnet.com/finley

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