New Mexico defensive end Calvin Allen made the trip to see his future team play and left with confidence about his future at Arizona.
"The trip was great," Allen said. "I didn't get to talk with the players too much, but I did get to talk with the coaches for a little bit and the atmosphere was awesome. The student section is huge and they were bringing the noise the entire game."
Allen was disappointed in the loss, but realizes that Arizona is continuing to build.
"It was a disappointing game to lose, but you can tell the potential is there, especially when Coach Rodriguez is able to get his own guys in there," he said.
The UA coaches are expecting big things out of Allen next season.
"They just re-iterated that they don't have much depth and they don't have a lot of guys who can pressure the quarterback," Allen said. "They emphasized to me that they need me to work hard in the weight room and continue to work on my technique because they'll be expecting bigger things out of the defense next season."
Allen enjoyed his visit, but is now focused on the rest of his senior season.
"Our high school season is going well," Allen said. "We're four and one, but we could be even better. We've got to tighten some things up, but we'll be okay.
"Individually, I'm doing well. I'm just focusing on getting after the passer, but also holding my own in the run game while keeping solid positioning. Those are obviously the two main areas the UA staff is looking for me to improve on."
Allen's commitment to Arizona hasn't dissuaded other schools from continuing to recruit him.
"I'm still hearing from schools," Allen said. "The University of New Mexico and a few other schools are recruiting me, but New Mexico is pushing the hardest.
"There is nothing to worry about because I am completely sold on Arizona and I can't wait to get there and start my college career."