UA signs top-10 quarterback for 2008by John Moredich on Jun. 23, 2007, under Sports
Quarterback Matt Scott didn’t see any reason to look around any longer.
Not wanting to risk missing out on the chance to play for Arizona, the four-star signal caller gave an oral commitment to the Wildcats on Friday.
“Quarterbacks commit early, and I didn’t want to lose out on a chance to get a scholarship from a good school like Arizona,” Scott said in a phone interview. “It is a great fit for me. I am the first quarterback the new (offensive) staff has signed since it changed offenses. I felt it would be a good thing to be the first quarterback.”
The Wildcats already have a commitment from Gerell Robinson of Chandler Hamilton High, but the senior-to-be gave his verbal commitment to Arizona nearly a year ago, under the previous offensive coaches.
Scott, a dual-threat QB from Centennial High in Corona, Calif., is rated the No. 9 quarterback in national preseason polls by Scout.com and No. 8 by Rivals.com.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback won’t need a crash course in running the spread offense. He already knows the basic concepts, as his high school runs a similar system.
“It’s a lot like Arizona’s, and that is good. It will make me a lot more comfortable,” Scott said. “I should have a little bit of an advantage over the other quarterbacks. I like the spread. We do a lot out of the shotgun, which allows you do quite a bit.”
Scott’s final two choices were UA and Minnesota, after he eliminated nine other schools that had offered him a scholarship.
Arizona’s seventh commitment for the 2008 recruiting class passed for 1,703 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior, while also rushing for 536 yards and seven scores.
Scott is a threat on the ground, but his reputation has been built by his all-around athleticism and a cannonlike arm.
“My arm is one of my strengths, but I think I can do a lot more. I like to be a lot like a Michael Vick-style quarterback,” Scott said. “Where some quarterbacks can mostly run and not throw, or throw and not run, I like to do both.”
Arizona wouldn’t mind if Scott brings a couple of his teammates to campus with him, including tailback Ryan Bass and linebacker Brandon Magee.
Bass, a 2,000-yard rusher, is a four-star recruit and rated 24th among tailbacks nationally by Scout.com. Magee is a three-star defender.