Anae is considered one of the best offensive line coaches in the country and has often had the full respect of his players.
With his reputation as a top-notch coach, it was only a matter of time before a Division-I school offered him a coordinator job.
Anae's departure caught some of his recruits by surprise.
"I wasn't aware he was leaving until it got out in the media," offensive line commit Logan Stott said. "It's a bummer because he was my lead recruiter and a pretty cool guy."
Although the St. George (Utah) Pineview lineman isn't happy about Anae leaving, he is still a solid commit to UA.
"I've been committed for quite a while," Stott said. "I like Coach Anae, but there were bigger reasons for me choosing the program.
"The head coach is still there and he's obviously the head of the program. I'm definitely not going to BYU. I feel comfortable with the program and I'm a Wildcat."
Stott is doing everything possible to ease his transition to college football.
"I've been working hard," Stott said. "Between weights and drills I've worked hard this year and I'm hopeful I can come in and contribute quickly.
"Coach Rodriguez always tells us he will play the best players. Going to a place where I can compete for early time was very attractive, and obviously that hasn't changed. Plus, it's a solid school that really surprised some people by their success this year."
Stott believes that he will have an opportunity to contribute early, but realizes that it is up to the coaching staff.
"If coach decides I'm not ready, that is alright as well," Stott said. "I will just work hard with an eye towards the future."