With a top-of-the-line starter in Nick Foles, and reserve help from Matt Scott, if needed, we know Arizona has one of the most enviable quarterback situations in the Pac-12 this season.
And the longer-term future isn’t bad, either.
Scott, if he can redshirt in 2011 as a senior (as hoped for), will give the Wildcats ample experience and a high comfort level in 2012, when Rutgers transfer Tom Savage become eligible.
In 2013, Savage, a former Freshman All-American, will be a senior.
Lining up Foles, Scott and Savage for three years in a row would make most coaches happy.
In the meantime, fifth-year senior Bryson Beirne is available this season, and true freshman Daxx Garman, who arrived for the spring semester, should be able to continue to learn and grow at a reasonable pace.
And the Cats already have added two high school seniors for their 2012 recruiting class, including Modesto (Calif.) Christian High’s Nathan Sudfeld, whose commitment was reported Monday.
“He is the prototypical QB with a high football aptitude,” Modesto Christian High coach Steve Gleason told WildcatSportsReport.com, one of our partners in the TucsonCitizen.com Sports Network.
“He is a student of the game as well as a 4.0+ GPA. Tremendous footwork, and a great passer. His character is never in question and he is always asking what he can do to get better.”
On ESPN.com, Sudfeld’s evaluation, in part, reads like this:
“This guy may be one of the best pure passers this class has to offer. Sudfeld possesses prototypical measurables, close to elite arm strength, a smooth and quick release and more than adequate athleticism for the position. Works mostly from the shotgun in a multiple spread scheme, but takes turns from under center as well. … Possesses a powerful downfield arm and demonstrates an array of different throws. We really like his ability to hit his fifth step and get the ball out on time on throws outside the numbers along the sideline. He has a knack for zinging the skinny post, shows the touch to lay the ball in between linebackers and safeties and does an excellent job leading receivers on slants, crossing routes and digs. … Sudfeld is flying way under the national radar and in our opinion is a high-end BCS caliber talent.”
Earlier this spring, another 6-foot-5-inch quarterback — Josh Kern from San Antonio Clark High — committed to Arizona, which indicates the dedication Arizona has to its current spread passing offense.