Capers Jr. excited about future

Wayne Capers Jr. surprised many when he signed with Arizona. Read on to get a closer look at his thought process, how the signing happened, and more.

Wayne Capers Jr. was set on playing football for the University of Pittsburgh before the mass exodus of its coaching staff.

Pittsburgh's loss was Arizona's gain as the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Bridgeville (Penn.) Chartiers Valley athlete recently signed with the Wildcats.

"My relationship with one of the new coaches is why I'm here," Capers said. (Secondary) Coach (Tony) Gibson has been recruiting me for a while and I was looking strongly at Pittsburgh when he was there, but when he left for Arizona and offered me a scholarship, I jumped on it. He thinks I'll fit in well and I trust what he says."

While Capers knows UA's secondary coach well, he is still getting to know the head coach.

"I don't know much about Coach Rodriguez," Capers said. "He's obviously been a successful coach and I look forward to getting to know him. Coach Gibson speaks very highly of him and that obviously means a lot."

Although most colleges recruited Capers to play wide receiver, the UA coaching staff envisioned Capers covering wide receivers.

"Arizona recruited me to play strong safety and that is fine with me," Capers said. "The coaches think I can flourish in the secondary because I have good size and speed. I've played mostly wide receiver, but I believe I have the ability to play on the other side of the ball."

Capers is currently finishing out his high school basketball career but plans on doing everything possible to ease his transition to Pac-12 football.

"I'm playing basketball right now and that helps keep me in shape," he said. "Once the season ends, I plan on working with a personal trainer to improve my strength and agility, which will hopefully help me make an impact next year."

Despite his recruitment taking a sharp and sudden turn, Capers is embracing his future.

"I really didn't envision this happening," he said. "Everything has gone by real fast, but it's finally over. I plan on coming in and working hard and hopefully I'll impress the coaches. I'm excited to be part of the UA family and hopefully we'll do some really good things."

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