Elvira staying loyal

Paul Elvira has been an Arizona commitment for a while now. Read on to see why he is staying loyal, his thoughts on the coaching staff, and more.

The 2012 college football regular season has concluded and the Arizona Wildcats' first season under Rich Rodriguez should be considered successful, despite a few hiccups along the way.

The improvement has been noticeable to most and that includes the current list of commits that the Wildcats have coming in from the 2013 class.

In-state wide receiver Paul Elvira from Tempe Marcos De Niza has been impressed with UA's progress and is excited to enter a program with a little momentum.

"Seven wins in the first season (under head coach Rich Rodriguez) is great," Elvira said. "Hopefully they can get a win in the New Mexico Bowl. Every game Arizona competed in. There were a few games where they could have come out on top, but they had a great first year with Rich Rod.

"They were fun to watch this year and it's pretty exciting to know that I am going to be a part of it."

Since committing to the Wildcats, Elvira has taken the time to get acquainted with more of the coaching staff and is eagerly anticipating the chance to meet the rest of them in the near future.

"They're great," Elvira said. "I have no problem picking up the phone and calling them. They check up on me once a week. It's been a great relationship with Coach Rich Rod too and I look forward to having a great relationship with all the coaches."

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound wideout sees the program heading towards something bigger. He observed how much the program has altered under Rodriguez in one season and believes the Wildcats can compete at a higher level in the very near future.

"Arizona is definitely heading in the right direction," Elvira said. "Rich Rod definitely has the program headed in the right direction. It's going to be very exciting knowing that UA can compete at a high level and hopefully they do something that has never been done before and I definitely see that happening."

Elvira happens to play at a position that contains a lot of young talent and depth already. Despite that, he has enough confidence to believe he can come in right away and compete for playing time.

"Obviously I have to see when I get there," Elvira said. "I am going to come in and compete and hopefully see what happens as my freshman year goes. My goal is to come in and contribute however I can. I feel, anywhere I am at, I can come in contribute."

UA was the first school to officially give Elvira an opportunity and it has been able to build on its relationship with him ever since. For those reasons, Elvira has remained fully committed to the Wildcats and has no intention of giving any other school a chance to take him away.

"Arizona has been at the top of my list for a long time now with them being my first offer and Rich Rod's staff and the impression they left on me and just everything they are doing down there in Tucson," Elvira said.

"It's just a great fit for me and I couldn't be happier going there. At this point, I am loyal and pretty stuck on going to UA once Signing Day here comes up. There are really no other schools that could come in and steal me."

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