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Arizona football recruiting: Wildcats welcome group of visitors during basketball game vs. Utah

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The Arizona Wildcats basketball team will be playing the Utah Utes in McKale Center on Saturday evening, the first time Tucson has hosted a Pac-12 top-ten match up since January 2004.

And the football coaching staff is ready to pounce on the presumed atmosphere on campus on Saturday by bringing in several visitors.

We've already written about a couple of players from New Orleans that are coming in Darrell Clark and Arthur McGinnis. They will be joined by some others.

Having all of these recruits who have already committed on campus this weekend could be huge as far as trying to earn commitments from the two Louisiana prospects. As Wildcat Authority points out, Antonio Parks being in Tucson, who has been committed since July 4th, will likely be a big influence on these two other guys from Louisiana.

When I was writing up our profiles on Shun Brown and Orlando Bradford, I asked one of their high school coaches, Chance Hester, what the effect of Arizona playing in the Independence Bowl had on its ability to recruit in the state. This is what he said:

"I believe it played a huge impact as well as Arizona's recruitment of QB Shea Patterson. Shea, Orlando, and Shun are all very close. I believe Coach Rodriquez's recruitment of Patterson led him to take a look at Shun and Orlando when he may not have otherwise. The independence bowl has been a staple here since 1976 and any team that comes here I believe has a chance to showcase for our local talent. I'm a huge supporter of the bowl game and love what it brings to town. Arizona is an extremely attractive program these days, and I'm so glad that they are beginning to really recruit our area. We have a ton of talent."

So will Arizona get to seven commits from the state of Louisiana this weekend? The coaching staff certainly hopes so.