But before the evaluation period started the coaches hosted a slew of talented recruits that were in town for unofficial visits for the Cats Spring game this past Saturday.
One of the more high profile recruits that were in town was defensive end Devin Johnson from Rancho Cucamonga, California. Johnson and his father drove through Tempe before landing in Tucson for the spring game.
"Yeah it was a good weekend," said the 6-foot-3 inch Johnson. "I met with the ASU coaches and I liked it up there. After that we drove down to Tucson for the U of A spring game and we got to meet all of their coaches and players and stuff, it was a good time."
According to Johnson the trip went pretty much as good as a trip could go.
"Definitely it was just a lot of fun getting to talk to the U of A coaches and everything," he said. "All of the coaches were just real cool guys and real down to earth. All of the coaches are just real friendly and I liked them all a lot."
Johnson is being recruited by Arizona Offensive Coordinator Mike Canales and he says that he and Coach C get along real well.
"Coach Canales is a real energetic guy and I like that," said Johnson. "He was kind of a joker too. Coach (Mike) Stoops is a funny guy; I like him a lot too. He was joking around with me and everything, it was cool. I also talked to Coach (Joe) Robinson and he is a real cool guy too. He is defensive ends coach."
While he got along well with the coaches Johnson said that the academic support system really impressed him as well.
"The academic support is great there and I know that I would do well there," said Johnson. "The coaches care about football but they also want you to do well on your grades and I like that."
While Johnson's opinion counts the most the opinion of his parents also carry a lot of weight. Devin spoke about his dad's feelings and he named his new top 5.
"My dad said that he really liked U of A a lot," said Johnson with a laugh. "He actually wants me to go to U of A after this weekend. He said that he wants me to commit and sign now. What he thinks means a lot to me. I can say that U of A would be my favorite right now though. They are pretty high up there. U of A is my favorite and I would say the rest of my top five would be Oregon State, Colorado, Colorado State and UCLA."
Johnson was just one of many top prospects in attendance at the Arizona spring game on Saturday. Joining Johnson were his teammate Devin Ross, Sabino standouts Brooks Reed and Glyndon Bolasky, Horizon quarterback/athlete Dax Crum, Chaparral tight end/punter Trevor Hankins, former Moon Valley tight end Jeff Jones, Palm Springs (CA) offensive lineman Andy Keane, Red Mountain defensive tackle Jon Hargis and Scottsdale Community College defensive end Louis Holmes among others.
Now that the Arizona Football program has finished what can only be deemed as a successful spring practice season it is on to the evaluation period of the 2006 recruiting cycle. Arizona will have coaches strewn from Houston to Phoenix to Hawaii in the coming weeks as the recruiting cycle begins in earnest.