The Arizona Wildcats' bye week began Monday with some good news: Another defensive reinforcement is on the way, and he's a good one.
Brandon Golson is also a bit of a mystery.
The Georgia Military College linebacker verbally committed to the UA on Monday, giving the Wildcats a 6-foot-3-inch, 221-pound linebacker to deploy starting next fall. The Scout.com recruiting service lists Golson as a three-star recruit; he chose Arizona over offers from Kansas, Kansas State, South Carolina and Middle Tennessee State.
Golson verbally committed to South Carolina twice in the span of three years - once out of Calhoun County (S.C.) High School, and again last spring. In between, he enrolled in a prep school, transferred to (and then left) Louisville, flirted with UNC-Charlotte and landed at Georgia Military College, one of the few so-called "military JCs."
Though he has just 11 tackles in four games this season, Golson is an intriguing prospect. It's one of the reasons UA defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and safeties coach Tony Gibson flew to Atlanta on Monday, where they offered the linebacker a scholarship.
Golson boasts a reported 79-inch wingspan. He played just 1 1/2 seasons of high school football: He amassed 113 tackles and 30 sacks as a senior. Golson was limited to six games as a junior because of injuries suffered in a car accident, but still managed 78 tackles and 18 sacks.
Golson is the 25th player to verbally commit to the UA's 2012 recruiting class. Those numbers can shift if Golson, or any other verbal commit, decides to enroll early. January enrollments can count toward 2012 or 2013 scholarship numbers.
Scott breaks records, but Nunes gets the love
Perhaps the lesson learned is this: When it doubt, pick the winner.
The Pac-12 on Monday named Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes, and not Arizona's Matt Scott, as the conference's offensive player of the week.
Nunes completed 21 of 34 passes for a career-high 360 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford's 54-48 win over the UA. He also ran in three scores, two of them coming as the Cardinal rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime. Cardinal tailback Stepfan Taylor rushed in the game-winning touchdown after Scott was intercepted in overtime.
Scott set a handful of UA and Pac-12 records in the losing effort, including:
• Most pass attempts (69) in UA and Pac-12 history.
• Most completions (45) in UA and Pac-12 history.
• Most consecutive pass attempts without an interception (68) in program history.
• Most offensive plays (103) in program and Pac-12 history.
• Most yards gained (617) by a UA team in a conference game.
Cal cornerback Kameron Jackson and USC tight end Randall Telfer were named the league's defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Scott and running back Ka'Deem Carey received weekly awards from the UA's coaches. No defensive or special teams honors were given.
Washington time set for 7
Arizona's Oct. 20 home game against Washington will start at 7 p.m. and be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks, the schools said Monday.
The "Family Weekend" game against Washington will start the second half of the Wildcats' season.
Four of the team's remaining six games will be at home.
After facing the Huskies, the UA will play USC, at UCLA, Colorado, at Utah and Arizona State. The late starts are becoming old hat for the Wildcats (3-3 overall, 0-3 Pac-12). The team's first five games all started at either 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. because of television.
Washington (3-2 overall, 1-1 Pac-12) will host USC (4-1, 2-1) this week.
On StarNet: Follow the Wildcats through the second half of the season at azstarnet.com/finley
• Who: Washington (3-2, 1-1) at Arizona (3-3, 0-3)
• When 7 p.m., Oct. 20
• TV: Pac-12 Network
• Radio: 1290-AM, 107.5-FM, 990-AM (Spanish)