Linebacker to enroll at Arizona

Arizona hosted a possible transfer this weekend. Read on to see his thoughts on the visit, what impressed him, and more.

6-foot-0, 235-pound linebacker Brian Wagner was one of the best linebackers in the country this season, as he averaged over 13 tackles per game and was selected to the All-Mac First Team. In 11 games, Wagner totaled 147 tackles and earned All-American honors in 2009 as well.

Now, Wagner is looking for an opportunity to play on a bigger stage as a fifth year graduate student and took time to visit Arizona from Thursday to Saturday in hopes of finding the right fit.

"The visit was awesome," Wagner said. "The campus is beautiful and there is great weather out there. It was really nice and I really enjoyed it."

Wagner took time to talk with Arizona's coaching staff, which he has been working on developing a relationship with.

"I had a chance to sit down with Coach (Rich) Rodriguez and Coach (Tony) Gibson was the first guy I was talking to come out there," Wagner said. "I talked to them to find out their situation at the linebacker spot for a guy like me being a fifth year guy coming to help out.

"I got to talk to them and find out about the football situation and met the coaches on a more personal level."

Wagner says that he was extremely impressed by his interactions with the coaching staff and can see himself working with it in the future.

"I was really impressed and I think it is a good situation for me out there football wise," he said. "Talking to the coaches you can tell they are great guys and like a family there and I would love the opportunity to go play for them."

On Sunday morning Wagner says he made the decision to enroll at Arizona due in large part to playing time.

"Being a fifth year guy I want a school to want a linebacker like me and be able to get a good amount of playing time. That is definitely a big factor."


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