Sammy Morrison traveled to Tucson last week with a very short wish list.
In fact, it had just one item on it: A scholarship offer from the Arizona Wildcats.
By the time Morrison left the desert early Friday morning, his wish had come true.
Morrison, the son of former UA defensive back Darryl Morrison, was offered by Rich Rodriguez near the end of his visit. After traveling back to his hometown of Washington, D.C., to talk it over with his parents, Morrison committed to the UA on Tuesday afternoon.
Morrison, a cornerback out of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., is rated as a three-star prospect and is the 10th member of the 2015 recruiting class for Arizona. He chose the UA over Rutgers, Boston College and Duke. He also had offers from Georgia Tech, Virginia and Washington State.
“They’ve been my dream school for quite a long time,” Morrison told the Star. “They say when you step onto a campus, you just know. Well when I got on the UA’s campus, I just knew it was for me.”
Darryl Morrison played for Arizona in 1991 and 1992 and was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick as a senior. A native of Phoenix and a member of Arizona’s Desert Swarm defense, Morrison was hoping his son would chose to be a Wildcat but let him have his space during the recruiting process.
“He was so happy for me,” Sammy said of his dad. “He really tried not to influence my decision. He kept quiet because it was his school, and he knows he’s biased to Bear Down nation. But right now, he’s very happy.”
Darryl prepped at Phoenix Camelback High School, and his mom still lives in the Valley. As a result, Sammy had visited Arizona several times and felt comfortable with his surroundings.
“I’ve always been attracted to the West Coast,” Sammy said. “I really wanted to commit to Arizona because it seems like a perfect fit, not because my dad went there.”
Morrison said he remembers the first time he visited Tucson. While on a trip to see his grandparents in the summer before he entered the fourth grade, Darryl took him on a one-day road trip to Tucson and showed him around campus.
“I remember every detail of that trip,” Sammy said.
Morrison is just the third defensive player of the 2015 class and the first cornerback. The UA has been active in June filling Rodriguez’s fourth recruiting class. Arizona has received three commitments in the last eight days.
Wide receiver Wharton leaves Wildcats
Wide receiver Garic Wharton has decided to leave the Arizona program. Wharton, who graduated in May, has one season of eligibility remaining. If he decides to transfer to another program, the receiver would be able to play right away because he has already received his degree.
Wharton had 17 catches for 291 yards and a pair of scores last season as a junior. His best game was at USC when he had two catches for 73 yards and the two touchdowns. He was originally a Mike Stoops recruit in 2010 and redshirted his first year in Tucson.
The Las Vegas native had 36 catches for 555 yards and four touchdowns in his UA career.
Two more future games scheduled
Arizona is really into planning ahead.
Five days after announcing a home-and-home series with Mississippi State for 2022 and 2023, the Wildcats were busy making plans again.
Arizona announced a two-game series Tuesday with San Diego State for 2021 (in Tucson) and 2022 (in San Diego).
Arizona and San Diego State last played in 2001 in San Diego. The Wildcats won 23-10 in coach John Mackovic’s debut. Arizona is 10-5 all-time against San Diego State and 110-71-7 against the Mountain West Conference.
The Aztecs posted an 8-5 record last season and won the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl over Buffalo.
If Arizona continues to play NAU every other year, the Wildcats would need one more non-conference game for 2021 (NAU and San Diego State) and one more for 2022 (San Diego State and Mississippi State).