When putting together his first two full recruiting classes, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez has done a lot of his heavy lifting in June.
When he was working on the 2013 class, Rodriguez landed 11 commitments in June of 2012. Last year, when compiling the 2014 class, the Wildcats earned six pledges in the summer month. For both years, they were the highest number of any month.
Arizona’s head coach sure didn’t waste any time getting to work in June this year.
The UA landed its first commitment of the month Monday afternoon in three-star wide receiver Jamie Nunley of Vista Murrieta High School in California. Nunley is listed primarily as a tight end by most recruiting sites, but will come to Arizona as a wide receiver.
“I really liked how interested they were in me, and I had been real interested in them since they started recruiting me,” Nunley told the Star. “I felt it was a great fit and everyone in my family did, too. They have a great program and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Nunley, a 2015 recruit, is listed at 6 feet 4 inches and 212 pounds by the Scout.com recruiting service. Scout ranks him as the No. 26 tight end in the country and No. 4 in the West. But the Wildcats like his size and speed on the outside and will bring him in as a wide receiver.
Nunley is the eighth member of the 2015 class to commit to Arizona and the second wide receiver, joining Darick Holmes, of Newbury Park, California. He said he expects to line up at multiple wide receiver spots.
Offensive line coach Jim Michalczik served as the primary recruiter for Nunley, who said he developed a positive relationship with all the UA coaches.
“They like that I can be thrown around at different spots,” Nunley said. “That’s exactly what I’m doing in high school. That’s why I think it’s such a great fit.”
The wide receiver had 27 catches for 439 yards and two touchdowns as a junior at Vista Murrieta.
He chose Arizona over offers from Boise State, Colorado, Duke and others. He said Washington was also expressing interest.
Nunley visited Arizona over his spring break and said he’ll likely return to Tucson for a game this season.
“I loved their facility and the atmosphere in Tucson when I visited,” Nunley said. “It felt right.”
He’s also hoping to attend one of the UA’s camps this summer.
Of the eight commitments the Wildcats have landed for 2015, six are offensive prospects.
Joining Nunley and Holmes on the offensive side of the ball is running back Dami Ayoola (Arizona Western Junior College), offensive linemen Alex Kosinski (Redwood High School, California) and Keenan Walker (Scottsdale Chaparral High School) and tight end Ricky McCoy (Roosevelt High School, California). McCoy is a candidate to be switched to defensive end.
The UA’s two defensive recruits for 2015 are tackle Finton Connolly (Gilbert Campo Verde High School) and safety Paul Magloire (Arizona Western).
- Former Salpointe Catholic High School star
- Cameron Denson
- , who wore No. 5 for the Lancers, has been told by UA coaches that he will likely wear No. 3 for the Wildcats. Denson, an incoming receiver/cornerback recruit, and the headliner of the class, will begin summer school and team conditioning at Arizona on Monday.
Receiver Trey Griffey currently wears No. 5 for Arizona.