Ippolito excited for opportunity

Cody Ippolito committed to Arizona earlier this week for numerous reasons. Read on to see why he is headed to Arizona, what his former coach taught him, and more.

Arizona is giving 6-foot-0, 210-pound Scottsdale Chaparral linebacker Cody Ippolito a chance that no other BCS school gave him.

For that reason, he is thankful and when that scholarship offer from the wildcats came, it almost seemed like a no-brainer for him.

"For me it is just where I feel the most comfortable at," Ippolito said. "On my official visit I felt good and I felt very comfortable in Tucson and around the program as well.

"Utah offered me as a preferred walk-on with the possibility of getting a scholarship in the spring, but I was just comfortable with what Arizona is doing."

One of the main reasons that Ippolito is so comfortable is the fact that his former head coach Charlie Ragle is part of the football staff.

"Ragle definitely played a role because he has been my coach for all four years of my high school career," Ippolito said. "I just feel like I can know and be comfortable with somebody down there and on a personal level, which is good."

In addition to Ragle, Ippolito is happy with the coaches he will be working with in the future, especially his head coach.

"I have talked to Jeff Casteel and he seems really nice," Ippolito said. "I have also talked to the defensive line coach and Rich Rodriguez, who is down to earth and a great coach. You can tell he has learned from everywhere he has been and will turn this program around."

Ippolito is coming from one of the best programs in the state and says that he has learned a lot from being able to play with Chaparral.

"It has been a privilege because we had such good coaches and facilities," he said. "The big thing that I learned is that I feel I can make better life choices, which is something that Ragle stressed with all of his players."

It is no secret that Ippolito is friends with current Arizona recruit Davonte Neal and Ippolito hopes that Neal will join him as a Wildcat.

"Davonte is like a brother and of course I would love to play with him," Ippolito said. "He has an unofficial visit and hopefully that is the place for him and he feels comfortable there."

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