Rodriguez has set his sights high by contacting Old Tappan (NJ) High School quarterback Devin Fuller, one of the top players at his position, and a kid with schools from across the nation in fast pursuit of his services.
"Recruiting is going pretty well," Fuller said. "I just got off the road from my official visit to TCU. I can't really say which schools are recruiting me the hardest, all of the schools are recruiting me pretty hard. I know I'm definitely looking at TCU and Nebraska because I went on those official visits, but I haven't really narrowed my list yet so I can't really say who I'm looking at the hardest."
With the hiring of Rodriguez, Arizona recently entered the picture for the nation's sixth best quarterback in the class of 2012. While the 6-foot, 185-pound four-star prospect acknowledges Rodriguez and his staff have some work to do to make up for lost time, he's not ready to rule the Wildcats out just yet.
"Arizona has a lot to make up in a little bit of time," Fuller said. "But it's definitely possible for them to do so. A lot of schools have been recruiting me for awhile. I don't really know anything about Arizona, so I can't say anything about them, but I know Rich Rodriguez has done stuff in the past to make his programs successful.
"He's contacted me. He's just been telling me how I can improve the program and how badly he needs a quarterback like me at his school."
Although the talked for the first time very recently, Fuller admits that he has some prior knowledge of Rodriguez from his days as the head coach at West Virginia.
"I was following him at West Virginia because they were my favorite team back in the day," Fuller said. "I know he ran the spread with Pat White and Steve Slaton and those guys and it worked well for them. That's the type of offense I'd like to run, it's definitely my preference. That's probably the hardest to defend is a running quarterback."
Fuller, the nation's 134th best player in the class of 2012, has already completed official visits to Nebraska and TCU, leaving him with three remaining trips and schools all over the country vying for them. While Arizona is currently not on his visit schedule, Fuller listed specific ways in which the Wildcats will be able to receive one of his three remaining officials.
"I don't have any visits planned right now," Fuller said. "I'll probably take official visits to Alabama and Rutgers, but I don't have them scheduled yet. Arizona just needs to keep in contact and really tell me about the school and what they'd plan to do if I were to go to their school."
His final decision isn't coming anytime in the immediate future, but Fuller does have specific criteria for how he'll be evaluating his prospective schools moving forward.
"I want to narrow my list down, but I don't know when yet," Fuller said. "I probably want to make my final decision at the end of January. I'm really looking at academics number one, the football program, and then campus life.