So far, Rich Rodriguez’s 2015 recruiting haul is downright offensive.
And no, that’s not a bad thing.
The Wildcats added two more skill position players to next year’s class on Friday when they received verbal commitments from wide receiver Cedric Peterson and tight end Brion Anduze.
Peterson, listed as a cornerback by the Scout.com recruiting service, is a three-star prospect. He’s expected to play receiver at the UA. Anduze is rated a two-star tight end by Scout.
They are the 13th and 14th players to commit to the UA for 2015. So far, 10 of them play on offense.
“It feels exciting that recruiting is finally over,” said Anduze, who visited the UA campus on Thursday. “I’m happy with my decision.
“I ... met all the coaches. They liked me, I liked them. It was just the continuity. It’s such a family deal, and they stressed that a lot. I just felt really comfortable with them, and it was a really good fit for me.”
For the 6-foot-4-inch, 235-pound Anduze, committing to the UA to play football shows that he’s come a long way from a couple of years ago, when his plan was to play baseball collegiately and, eventually, professional. But, after his sophomore year, he went to the Portland Nike Combine, did well, he said, and decided to pursue a football career.
Now, he’s joining a team that, historically, hasn’t utilized the tight end much. He doesn’t seem too worried.
“Yeah, we talked about how some people say they don’t utilize the tight end,” Anduze said. “But they have a tight ends coach, and they do utilize them in the backfield, split out, sometimes on the line, and sometimes they pass to them. Last year, they utilized it, and that’s why I committed.”
He was referring to Terrence Miller, a UA tight/end wide receiver hybrid, who had 40 receptions for 467 yards and a touchdown last fall. Anduze, from Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale, Wash., is the fourth tight end to commit to the UA in the last two years and the second in the 2015 recruiting class, joining three-star recruit Ricky McCoy.
Anduze picked the UA over Army, Air Force and Eastern Washington and broke the news to Rodriguez and assistant coach Charlie Ragle over the phone Friday.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Peterson, ranked the No. 56 corner in the country by Scout, picked Arizona over offers from Cal, Colorado, Nebraska, Washington and Washington State.
The Moreno Valley, Calif., product is the third receiver to join Rodriguez’s 2015 class, joining three-star Jamie Nunley and three-star Darick Holmes.