Cats sign 6 JC players, gamble on ex-LSU QB Randall

2013-12-22T00:00:00Z Cats sign 6 JC players, gamble on ex-LSU QB RandallGreg Hansen Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Moving toward his third season at Arizona, Rich Rodriguez has signed six mid-year junior college players, which is related to the recruiting shortfall by Mike Stoops’ staff in 2010 and 2011.

By comparison, Dick Tomey signed just three JC players entering his third year, and Larry Smith signed two in Year 3.

RichRod predictably sought JC players at the most difficult position in college recruiting: defensive linemen, linebackers and quarterbacks.

Jerrard Randall, an incoming QB who initially committed to Oregon out of his Miami-

area high school and spent two seasons on LSU’s bench, is an intriguing prospect.

Much like UA senior-to-be Jesse Scroggins, Randall did not light it up as a JC quarterback. Northeast Mississippi College was awful this season, and Randall was not impressive.

In fact, in a 59-0 loss to East Mississippi, Randall was 1-for-9 passing and didn’t start. In his last JC game, against Mississippi Delta, Randall and his team didn’t complete a pass the entire game. For the year, Randall completed 43 percent of his passes.

But for Arizona, signing Randall is worth the risk. Once B.J. Denker leaves the program in 10 days, the Wildcats will join Utah as the two most quarterback-poor programs in the Pac-12.

Contact sports columnist Greg Hansen at 520-573-4145 or ghansen@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @ghansen711

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