One way to build depth, the best way, is through recruiting the high schools ranks and using the red shirt program.
This past weekend the Wildcats hosted three high school tight ends, one of whom committed to Mike Stoops yesterday.
Early in the recruiting process Puyallup, Washington High School tight end Adam Grant pulled the trigger and committed to the home state Huskies. But since things have been ever changing up in the Northwest, Grant decided that he wanted to check out other schools. The first school he decided to check out was Arizona and it will also be the last school he checks out.
“It was fun, I liked it a lot down there,” said the 6-foot-8 inch, 250 pound tight end. “I felt really comfortable with everything and it was a good trip. I talked with my parents and I decided that I wanted to go to Arizona so I committed to Coach Stoops yesterday. He was excited and happy. He said that I could come in and help right away since they lose their top two tight ends.”
Grant said he was hosted by red shirt freshman linebacker Brandon Lopez and that Lopez showed him a good time.
“Brandon was my host and is a real nice guy,” he said. “He introduced me to quite a few of the freshman and we just had a lot of fun. We went out a little on Friday night and he showed me the dorms and the campus. I liked it all. I am set.”
With the Eddie Lynch Pavilion opening just three years ago it is still new and is still impressing recruits and Grant is no exception.
“Oh, the facilities were great,” he said. “They were a lot better than I thought they would be. They also showed us all the new uniforms that they will wear next year and they are the best uniforms I have seen, maybe ever. They are really cool, I like them a lot.”
Grant was being recruited by running backs coach Kasey Dunn and defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo. According to Grant, they were very happy to hear the news of his commitment.
“Coach Dunn and Coach Tuiasosopo both said they were happy,” he said. “They both hugged me and said welcome to the family.”
With his size it is conceivable that Grant could move from tight end to offensive tackle or another position in the future, but is he open to such a move?
“Yeah down the road if I would be better used at tackle then I would play there,” he said. “I think my best chance to get to the next level might be at tackle. I want to start at tight end but if I am asked to move and change positions I will do that.”
Grant went on to comment on the future of Arizona in his opinion.
“I think they will get better and better,” he said. “In a couple of years they will be competing for championships.”