Arizona Football: Already making an impact

Four players commit as Wildcats show off new $74 million facility
2013-07-28T00:00:00Z Arizona Football: Already making an impactDaniel Berk Contact reporter Daniel Berk at dberk@azstarnet.com or 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Rich Rodriguez had been waiting for Saturday night since he was hired as the Arizona Wildcats coach in 2011.

It may sound like an overstatement, but it's not.

Saturday marked the first time Rodriguez was able to show off the program's new $74 million Lowell-Stevens Football Facility to recruits. The new building officially opened for business earlier this month and Saturday, the program showed it off to more than 30 prospects at a closed red carpet event.

"I wanted to have it at a time when the prospects were off their vacations and coming back and getting ready for football," Rodriguez said Friday. "The timing has been great. We want to show it off. Any time we get a guy on campus, it gives us a shot."

He was proven right Saturday.

The Wildcats received commitments from four prospects for the 2014 recruiting class. All four were at the Lowell-Stevens opening Saturday night.

And the new building helped land one of the hottest recruits in Arizona.

Scottsdale Chaparral tight end Trevor Wood, who earlier this week picked up an offer from Alabama, gave a verbal commitment to the UA.

Wood also had offers from Arizona State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington and others.

But, Wood, who called the new facilities "amazing," chose to follow the family tradition and commit to the Wildcats.

His brother, Carter, is a sophomore offensive lineman for the UA. His dad, Dave, was a defensive tackle for the Wildcats from 1981 to 1984 and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. His uncle, Brent, also played at Arizona.

"I couldn't see myself going anywhere else after some visits," Wood said in a text to the Star. "I'm going to carry on the tradition in the family and play with my brother!!!"

The event could still bring more pledges in the coming days.

For now, here's a breakdown of the players that committed on Saturday:

Trevor Wood

Position: Tight end

High school: Chaparral (Scottsdale)

Rating: Wood is rated as a three-star prospect by the Scout.com recruiting service and the 23rd best tight end in the country. Rivals.com also had Wood as a three-star and the 11th best prospect in Arizona.

Also considered: Wood could have gone just about anywhere. His final four was Arizona, Oregon, UCLA and Alabama.

What to know: Wood missed the 2012 season at Chaparral because of a knee injury. He's healthy now and has garnered more attention as the summer has gone on and he's traveled the camp circuit. His stock will likely continue to rise once the season starts and he returns to action, but he said he's now firmly committed to the UA.

Darrell Cloy

Position: Tight end

High School: La Habra (Calif.)

Rating: Like Wood, Cloy is a three-star tight end. Scout has him as the 26th best in the nation. Rivals also ranked him as a three-star and the 67th-best prospect in California.

Also considered: Cloy had offers from Colorado, Colorado State and Boise State. The Wildcats had long been considered the favorite, though.

What to know: Cloy told Scout that he has known he wanted to commit to the UA for several weeks, but wanted to wait to do it in person and tell Rodriguez himself. He's not as big as Wood, listed at 6-3, 220, but he brings athleticism to the position and should be a valuable pass catcher along with an above average blocker.

Kwesi Mashack

Position: Cornerback

High School: Norco (Calif.)

Rating: Scout ranked Mashack as a three-star prospect and the 62nd-best cornerback in the country. He was unrated by Rivals.

Also considered: Mashack had long been favoring the Wildcats, like fellow commit Cloy. He also had an offer from Hawaii and told Scout he had also been talking to Washington State, Colorado and New Mexico.

What to know: Mashack is a smaller corner (5-9, 185), but brings speed to the position and is considered a rising prospect. His commitment puts the Wildcats in pretty good shape at cornerback. He's the fourth corner to commit for 2014, joining four-star recruit Naijiel Hale, three-star Rodney Carr and junior college product Patrick Glover.

J.R. Hunt

Position: Safety

High School: Chandler

Rating: Hunt is rated as a three-star by Scout and the 85th-best safety in the country. Rivals also has him as a three-star and the 15th-best player in Arizona.

Also considered: Hunt also had offers from Arizona State, Colorado State and Montana.

What to know: Hunt is the second safety to commit for 2014, joining Fresno, Calif., product Devon Brewer. Hunt, a Chandler native, had 62 tackles and three interceptions as a junior. He made a positive impression on UA coaches in June when he participated in the program's passing league tournament.

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  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
UCLA 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
ASU 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
Arizona 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
USC 6 3 0 0.667 7 4 0 0.636
Utah 4 4 0 0.500 7 4 0 0.636
Colorado 0 8 0 0.000 2 9 0 0.182

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  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 7 1 0 0.875 10 1 0 0.909
Stanford 4 4 0 0.500 6 5 0 0.545
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 6 0 0.455
Oregon State 2 5 0 0.286 5 5 0 0.500
Washington 2 5 0 0.286 6 5 0 0.545
Washington State 2 6 0 0.250 3 8 0 0.273
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