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Rodriguez: Arizona Wildcats' newest QB is "a talented guy," will compete for starting job

2012-12-19T11:44:00Z 2012-12-19T17:10:29Z Rodriguez: Arizona Wildcats' newest QB is "a talented guy," will compete for starting jobBy Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats' newest quarterback will arrive on campus next month with a chip on his shoulder, coach Rich Rodriguez said today. 

And for a UA program desperate for competition at all positions, it's a good thing. 

Jesse Scroggins signed his national letter of intent this morning. The former USC and El Camino College standout figures to compete with returners B.J. Denker, Javelle Allen and Josh Kern and incoming freshman Anu Solomon for the starting job next fall. 

“We need more competition at all positions, and at quarterback we’re going to get that,” Rodriguez said. “I’m excited about Jesse. Like Matt Scott this year, he’s he’s a little bit of an older guy, he has a chip on his shoulder and wants to prove himself. He’s a talented guy; he’ll compete.”

Once thought to be the heir apparent to USC's Matt Barkley, Scroggins fell down the depth chart - and out of favor - before transferring to El Camino College last summer. Playing in eight games this season, Scroggins completed 79 of 172 passes for 1,148 yards and eight touchdowns.

Rodriguez first scouted Scroggins when he was a star at Lakewood (Calif.) High School. He completed 163 of 258 passes for 2,395 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior in 2009. He was named an Under Armour All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Orange County Register Fab 15 second-team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first-team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second-team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division first-team and All-Moore League MVP.

Read more in Thursday's Arizona Daily Star.

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