Rodriguez sped up the process for himself by winning eight games in his first year, including a New Mexico Bowl victory. He may also be speeding up the process with recruiting as the Wildcats are on the radar of a big time linebacker prospect.
Auburn (Ala.) athlete Rashaan Evans was visited by Arizona coaches at his high school a few weeks ago and they continue to recruit him aggressively.
"Arizona came down to see me a few weeks ago," he said. "They talk to me every once in a while and they say they want me. I'm pretty sure that's why they came down here to see me, so it stands out.
"They just wanted to make sure they had all my information and are working to get to know me more."
Evans has talked to numerous coaches at Arizona, including the Director of On-Campus Recruiting and Player Personnel Matt Dudek.
"I talk to Coach Dudek down at Arizona," Evans said. "He's a cool dude. We have some funny conversations."
Evans has an open mind about his recruitment and knows that there are plenty of teams that would love for him to play for them.
"My recruitment is going pretty good right now," Evans said. "There are a lot of teams in the mix still and I'm open. I don't have any top teams or anything yet."
During the summer vacation, Evans will be working hard on his football game. He will also try to take some visits to the schools that are further away from him.
"Over the summer, I'm just going to keep working hard and getting better," Evans said. "I want to take a trip to the west coast, but other than that, I just want to make myself better."
Evans isn't sure about all the stops he will be making. There are a few places that he wants to see for sure, but he will try to get in as much as he can.
"I'm going to take some unofficial visits and then I will come out with my top five," he said. "On the west coast, I am going to visit as many schools as I can. I want to see UCLA, USC, and Arizona. I'll try to fit in Oregon if I can."
At each stop, the linebacker will be looking for a new home. He wants to see a tradition and strong fan support at the schools, but is mainly looking for a place that feels right.
"I'm just looking for a place that I can be happy at," he said. "I want to have a big football environment and a good football tradition. I love schools like that, where everyone knows who you are."
Although Evans is being recruited as a linebacker, it is not his true position in high school. He currently lines up on the defensive line, but could also see some time on the other side of the ball as well.
"I play defensive end right now, but I'm being recruited as an outside linebacker in college," Evans said. "Because of the way that our team is, I'll have to stay where I'm at right now, but I might get to play offense, too. They want me to try to play wide receiver."
Evans will take his time with his recruitment and let it play out. He wants to make the best decision possible, but that doesn't mean he will wait until Signing Day.
"I'm not sure when I want to decide exactly," he said. "I know I want to do it during my senior season, so I will make a commitment sometime in the fall."