Arizona football: HS freshman QB commits to Cats

2012-12-08T00:00:00Z Arizona football: HS freshman QB commits to CatsRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 08, 2012 12:00 am  • 

The Arizona Wildcats' latest football commit won't see the field until 2016, and can - assuming he takes a redshirt year - play through the 2020 season.

Feel old yet?

Shea Patterson, a freshman quarterback at Hidalgo (Texas) High School, verbally committed to the UA on Friday afternoon with hopes of enrolling three years from now.

He is thought to be the youngest player to ever verbally commit to the Wildcats, if you don't count the tongue-in-cheek standing offer to coach Rich Rodriguez's son, Rhett.

Patterson, 15, is already 6 feet 1 inch tall and 180 pounds and figures to receive more attention as he matures. If nothing else, Patterson's verbal commitment should bring the UA some much-needed national buzz heading into next week's New Mexico Bowl game against Nevada.

The Scout.com recruiting service first reported Patterson's commitment, citing his father. The Pattersons visited Tucson this week.

Meanwhile, a Pennsylvania high school quarterback who parted ways with the UA this week has been offered a scholarship by Akron.

Tommy Woodson verbally committed to the UA's 2013 recruiting class in June only to have his scholarship offer pulled this week, Woodson's coach at Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway High School told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Terry Smith told the newspaper the UA "had a compliance officer call to let me know."

"You always hear about this kid de-committing and switching schools, but you don't hear about what these colleges do to a kid," Smith told the Tribune-Review. "It's ruined his recruitment. We had these schools come in and wouldn't let them meet with him."

NCAA rules prohibit schools from commenting about specific recruits until they sign national letters of intent. Scholarship offers and verbal commitments are nonbinding until signing day.

Even without Woodson, the UA has more verbal commitments (30) than available scholarships (25) for 2013. Players who enroll in January - possibly as many as a half-dozen current commits - will count toward 2012 scholarship rolls, allowing the UA to sign a full class in February.

Woodson likely would have found himself stuck down the depth chart or moved to a different position had he come to Tucson; the UA received a verbal commitment from Cerritos (Calif.) College quarterback Jesse Scroggins, a former USC player, on Sunday. Anu Solomon, the state of Nevada's all-time leading passer, has also verbally committed for 2013.

Woodson was offered a scholarship by Akron later Thursday.

Up next

• What: New Mexico Bowl

• Who: Arizona (7-5) vs. Nevada (7-5)

• When: 11 a.m. Dec. 15

• TV; radio: ESPN; 1290-AM, 107.5-FM

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