It was a big deal when the Arizona Wildcats missed out on getting a commitment this summer from any of the three top prospects at Salpointe Catholic, but there are nine Tucsonans listed on the roster, including a trio of good prospects at receiver.
Most eyes will be on redshirt freshman Jamarye Joiner, a Cienega alum whose athleticism and knowledge of the playbook makes for an intriguing transition from quarterback to receiver. He got to dabble at QB last season but retained his redshirt season.
"He's hungry, he's passionate, he's a great teammate," said receivers coach Theron Aych. "And he wants to play. He made a great career decision ... I think the transition for him has been pretty easy."
Sophomore Drew Dixon, from Sabino, looks the part and could be due for a breakout season, listed as a co-starter at one of the outside receiver spots. Redshirt sophomore Stanley Berryhill III (who spent time at Mountain View) showed flashes last season with 14 catches -- two for TDs -- and handling some kick return duties.
So ... that got us thinking about the best Arizona Wildcats from Tucson during the Pac-10/12 years.
The defensive line prospects are a bit thin, so we went with only two linemen and five linebackers, of which they are many good candidates. And we expanded the geographic area slightly to include the great Warner Smith from San Manuel.
Here is the All-Tucson team, led by seven players from Sahuaro High School, thanks in part to its production of special teams standouts.
(Years played at Arizona in parentheses):
QB Jim Krohn, Amphi (1976-79) -- Starter helped usher the Cats into Pac-10.
RB Ka'Deem Carey, CDO (2011-13) -- Two-time consensus All-American.
RB Vance Johnson, Cholla (1981-84) -- All-league RB became star receiver in NFL.
RB David Adams, Sunnyside (1984-86) -- Lots of fun to watch; 2,571 career yards.
WR Jon Horton, Sunnyside (1983-86) -- Among UA leaders with 136 catches for 2,415 yards.
WR Jay Dobyns, Sahuaro (1982-84) -- Made 92 catches in his final two seasons.
TE Richard Griffith, Catalina (1989-92) -- Four-year starter, often asked to block.
OL John Fina, Salpointe (1988-91) -- One of UA's all-time finest spent 11 years in NFL.
OL Warner Smith, San Manuel (1991-94) -- First-team All-Pac-10 as senior.
OL Mike Freeman, Sahuaro (1981-83) -- Went on to play four years in NFL.
OL Jeff Kiewel, Sabino (1980-82) -- First-team all-league guard in 1982.
OL Mike Heemsbergen, Santa Rita (1991-92) -- JC transfer was second-team all-league in '92.
DL Brooks Reed, Sabino (2007-10) -- 17 career sacks at UA, and still playing in the NFL.
DL Todd Thompson, Sahuaro (1996) -- Played some; injuries, academics took toll.
LB Sean Harris, Tucson (1991-94) -- Made 32.5 tackles for loss in Desert Swarm era.
LB Jake Fischer, Ironwood Ridge (2009-13) -- Tough, smart, productive: 283 career tackles.
LB Craig Vesling, CDO (1982-85) -- Late INT sealed win over ASU in 1984.
LB Jerry Beasley, Sunnyside (1984-87) -- Made 134 tackles as a senior.
LB Adrian Koch, Desert View (1997-00) -- Ex-Marine went from walk-on to inspiring starter.
DB Jared Tevis, CDO (2011-14) -- Loved to hit; had knack for being in the right place.
DB Mike Scurlock, Cholla (1991-94) -- Super athlete played five years in NFL.
DB Clay Hardt, Marana (2000-03) -- Hard-hitter gave his all during tough UA times.
DB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, Mountain View/Tucson (2015-18) -- Finished career with 243 career tackles, 6 INTs, 36 starts in 50 games.
K Steve McLaughlin, Sahuaro (1991-94) -- Won Groza Award as nation's best PK.
P Drew Riggleman, Sahuaro (2012-2015) -- Three-year starter; 44.0-yard career average.
SN Jeremy Evans, CDO (1994-96) -- Three-year starter; best snapper of Dick Tomey era.
HOLD: Ryan Hesson, Sahuaro (1993-96) -- Tomey loved "cerebral" skills of backup QB.
ST: Joe Lohmeier, Sahuaro (1991-94) -- Special teams inspiration, battling through injuries.
RET: Michael Bates, Amphi (1989-90) -- Future Olympic sprinter had kick return TD in '90.
Apologizes to (among others) ...
RB David Eldridge, Pueblo; RB Kevin Schmidtke, Mountain View; WR Chris Corral, Cholla; TE Brad Wood, Sabino; TE Lamar Harris, Tucson; C Wayne Wyatt, Mountain View; OL Mike Ciasca, Sahuaro; OL Willie Walker, Desert View; OL Doug Penner, Sabino; LB Jake Matthews, Ironwood Ridge; DB Adam Hall, Palo Verde; DB Tony Wingate, Sahuaro; P Frank Garcia, Salpointe; P Matt Peyton, Sahuaro; P Sergio Vega, Pueblo