Rodney Carr arrived in Tucson this weekend without a scholarship offer from the Arizona Wildcats or a real idea of what might come next in the recruiting process.
He left Southern Arizona the newest member of the UA's 2014 recruiting class.
Carr, a defensive back from Salesian High School in Los Angeles, committed to the Wildcats this weekend after coach Rich Rodriguez offered him a scholarship.
He's rated as a three-star recruit by the Scout.com recruiting service. The 5-foot-11-inch, 183-pound Carr is listed as an "athlete" by most recruiting sites, but he likely will play safety for the UA.
"I went there open-minded and wasn't thinking about a commitment or anything like that," Carr said Sunday. "But they showed high interest in me, and I think it's somewhere that I can be successful."
Carr committed to the Wildcats on Saturday, but waited a day to go public with the news. He wanted to tell his parents in person of his decision.
"When I got back, I talked to my coaches and my parents about it and they were all happy," Carr said. "The (UA) coaches were great, the academics are great, the lifestyle is great and I loved the family they have there."
Carr also had offers from Colorado State, Houston, Idaho, San Jose State and SMU. The California product also said Arizona State, Utah, Tennessee and Oregon State were showing increased interest lately.
Carr is the ninth member of the UA's 2014 recruiting class and third defensive recruit. Of the last four players to commit to the Wildcats, three have been on the defensive side - all in the secondary.
As a junior at Salesian, Carr had 92 tackles and an interception as a cornerback. He also played running back and had 51 carries for 507 yards and four touchdowns.
Carr helped his high school to an 11-2 mark, and now the UA wouldn't mind if Carr aided them in landing two more players from that team.
The Wildcats are recruiting a pair of four-star outside linebackers from Salesian in Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware. Both have offers from the UA and several other Pac-12 schools.
The UA likely didn't recruit Carr to get to Cobb and Ware, but his commitment certainly can't hurt.
"Those guys are my brothers," Carr said. "I'm going to tell them how much I love it there, but they're going to do what they want to do."
• The second wave of incoming UA freshmen arrived in Tucson on Sunday for summer school and workouts. The final handful of 2013 recruits will report July 7.
Pierre Cormier, a four-star running back from San Diego, joined the group that reported Sunday. "Just arrived to UofArizona!! My new home," he tweeted.
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