In the last 10 years of covering West Coast recruiting, we can't ever remember Arizona being on the kind of early season run they're currently on. The Cats received commitment No. 14 from one of the standout linemen at the NorCal Nike Camp.
The amazing thing about the Cats early season haul is they're not filling their class with average players but guys who can really get it done. The most recent to commit is North Edmond (Okla.) offensive lineman Joe Barresi, a player we really liked at the Nike Camp at Stanford back in May.
"I have just really liked coach Stoops for a long time," Barresi told Chris Bonney of GOAZCATS.com. "I really connected with coach (OL, Eric) Wolford too. Coach Wolford is really the main reason I chose Arizona over LSU. He and coach Stoops. LSU has great everything, the facilities, the traditions and everything. I just really connected with the Arizona coaches more, and especially coach Wolford."
Barresi, 6-5, 304 pounds was rated as the No. 3 offensive lineman of the day at the NorCal Nike Camp. His twin brother Ben, who has committed to Okkahoma, was rated the top lineman of the camp. Barresi is a tough, physical player who was dominant in the one on one drills and his 31 reps on the bench were among the best in the camp.
The lineman earned our respect when he called out Arizona tackle Ekom Udofia in the one on one drills and said he wanted to go against the All-American to see how good he was. Barresi actually held up very well battling Udofia to a draw although Udofia was able to get the better of him in a later meeting.
Barresi chose the Cats over offers from LSU, Oklahoma State and Wyoming. He'll take an official visit to Arizona (Sept 17).
Academically, Barresi is carrying a 2.8 GPA and has scored a 23 on the ACT.