Another day brought two more verbal commitments for the Arizona Wildcats.
Linebacker Ryan Dunn and quarterback Brandon Cox verbally committed to the Wildcats’ 2013 recruiting class on today. Cox informed the UA’s coaches from Eugene, Ore., where he was taking an unofficial visit to Pac-12 rival Oregon; Dunn gave his word a few hours later.
First-year coach Rich Rodriguez has landed verbal commitments from five players in four days, nine in the last week and 11 since June 8. Arizona’s commitments can sign letter of intent in February.
“I just got the feeling that Arizona was the place for me. It’s a second home,” Cox told the Star today. “I took that visit to (Oregon) to see the pros and cons of each of them. I didn’t get the same vibe that I got from Arizona and their coaches.”
The Scout.com recruiting service lists the 6-foot-2-inch, 185-pound Cox as a three-star prospect and the nation’s 51st-rated quarterback. Cox completed 151 of 249 passes for 2,697 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior at Pasadena (Calif.) High School; he also ran 96 times for 563 yards and eight cores.
Cox chose the UA over offers from Iowa State, Maryland, New Mexico State and Utah State.
Arizona was Dunn’s first offer, though more than a dozen other schools — including Boise State, Cal, Tennessee and UCLA — showed interest in the three-star recruit from Daville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley High School. The 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound Dunn could compete for playing time right away: The Wildcats have a need at linebacker following the departures of Brian Wagner and David Lopez last week.
Cox, meanwhile, will join a crowded position battle. The UA received a verbal commitment from Monroeville, Pa., star Tommy Woodson earlier this week, and landed Las Vegas standout Anu Solomon a month ago. Solomon, the state of Nevada’s all-time passing leader, is considered the most college-ready of the three quarterbacks, and will likely be the face of the 2013 class.
“I think Arizona’s offense fits me perfectly,” Cox said. “It fits my skill-sets and shows all my strong suits. I’m excited to learn it and be part of the Wildcat Nation.”