UA football: Cats eye JC slinger, NJ dual threat

2011-12-13T00:00:00Z 2012-01-24T14:07:58Z UA football: Cats eye JC slinger, NJ dual threatRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 13, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Nate Sudfeld, the Arizona Wildcats' top incoming quarterback, said he enjoyed a weekend visit to Tucson but will wait before deciding whether to honor his nonbinding verbal commitment.

While the pro-style passer debates whether he will fit in here, UA coach Rich Rodriguez continues to search for signal-callers to run the Cats' new spread-option offense.

On Monday, the Wildcats offered a scholarship to Cody Sokol, a Scottsdale Community College quarterback and one of the nation's top undecided junior college players, with hopes of filling some much-needed roster depth.

Sokol led the Western States Football League with 3,807 passing yards and 43 touchdowns as a sophomore this fall. The JC star plans to visit the UA on Wednesday, then choose between the Wildcats, Cincinnati, Florida International and Iowa.

Sokol will visit the Hawkeyes this weekend.

New Jersey's Devin Fuller, a four-star high school quarterback/defensive back, also is considering the UA along with Connecticut, Boston College, Rutgers, Penn State, TCU, UCLA, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Miami, Kansas and Alabama.

Fuller, an Old Tappan High School senior who was named to the U.S. Army All-American Team, threw for 2,145 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 1,156 yards and 17 TDs this fall.

Arizona coaches want Fuller to play quarterback, which may give the Wildcats an edge: Most of his high-end offers are coming as a defensive back. Fuller took official visits to Nebraska and TCU in the last two months, and has a visit to Rutgers set for Jan. 20.

Players can sign national letters of intent in early February.

Speaking to a group of 500 boosters Monday at the Westin La Paloma, Rodriguez said he plans to sign "at least two quarterbacks this year, and then we'll sign one in at least every class."

"If a quarterback is afraid to come to the University of Arizona because there's another guy on the team that he's afraid to compete against, I don't want that dude anyway.

"I want a guy who says, 'It doesn't matter who it is, Coach, I'm coming there and I want to beat him out.' "

Rodriguez joked that he already has one key verbal commitment: His 13-year-old son, Rhett, who plays quarterback for his junior high team in Michigan.

"He'll be at the U of A, (recruiting) class of 2017," Rodriguez said. "He's not allowed to decommit."

Arizona's recruitment of Sokol and Fuller comes following Sunday's news that Sudfeld, the team's top incoming quarterback, is re-evaluating his commitment. Sudfeld said via text message that while he enjoyed a weekend trip to Tucson, he's still undecided.

"I do like Arizona," he said, "but I'm not sure what I'm going to do right now."

At issue is how Sudfeld, a senior at Modesto (Calif.) Christian School, fits Arizona's new offense. Rodriguez and his assistants value speed at quarterback, and Sudfeld - a 6-foot-5-inch, 220-pound prospect - is more of a pro-style spread passer like outgoing Arizona QB Nick Foles.

Sudfeld completed 146 of 271 passes for 2,390 yards and 29 touchdowns as a high school senior. He was limited on the ground, however, rushing for just two scores. The Scout.com recruiting service lists Sudfeld as a three-star recruit and the 64th-best quarterback in the country.

The Wildcats have just one quarterback, senior Matt Scott, on their roster heading into spring drills.

Rodriguez is pursuing high school and junior-college transfers to fill roster spots vacated by Tom Savage and Daxx Garman, both of whom left the program last week.

Sudfeld and fellow recruit Josh Kern are both scheduled to enroll this summer at Arizona. Kern, a senior at San Antonio's Tom C. Clark High School, did not visit the UA this weekend.

"But I'm going to try to schedule a visit soon," Kern said.

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