Safety discusses commitment

Arizona accepted a verbal commitment from Rodney Carr on Sunday afternoon. Read on for information about the commitment, his recent visit and more.

On Sunday morning, Arizona Head Coach Rich Rodriguez got a call from a player he had just seen the day before.

It was Los Angeles (Calif.) Bishop Mora Salesian defensive back Rodney Carr calling to commit to the Wildcats.

"It feels great," Carr said. "I'm really happy. I think it is a great decision for me. It's a great fit academically and athletically. I will be successful there."

The commitment came just a day after Carr visited Tucson. It was also just a single day after Arizona extended a scholarship offer to the 2014 recruit.

"The visit was great," he said. "It was a great campus. I love it. There are a lot of amazing people down there. It's just a great staff."

Carr took a visit with two of his best friends and teammates, Marquis Ware and Jamardre Cobb. He had a great time with his friends, but would've felt just as comfortable without them being there.

"It was pretty comfortable with them there, but even if they weren't there, I don't think it would have mattered," he said. "I just felt like it was the right fit for me."

As for the recruitment of his friends, Carr recognizes that they will both need to make their own decisions. However, that won't stop him from putting in a few good words.

"Ware and Cobb are going to go to a school that is best for them," he said. "I'm sure they probably liked the visit a lot, like I did. They just need to make decisions for themselves. I understand that, but I will still see if I can't make Arizona that place for them."

The defensive back plays cornerback for his high school team. Even so, many schools were recruiting him as a safety. Arizona is going to give him a chance to see many different spots on the field.

"They like me as a full-on defensive back," Carr said. "They want to use me as a safety in some spots and as a corner in others.

"I think it will be a perfect fit for me. I can do man defense and I can do zone defense. I can play safety or corner. They run a 3-3-5 defense and we run something somewhat similar. I think it's going to be a big fit."

Carr has spoken with many of the Arizona coaches before, but Sunday was the first time that he got to meet them in person. He made connections with most of the coaches, including the most important one.

"The coaches are great," he said. "I like everything about them. I want to get to know more about all of them.

"I talked to Rich Rodriguez, the Head Coach, a lot when I was there. I think we have a pretty good relationship. It was my first time meeting him and everyone else, but we hit it off. I have a pretty good relationship with them."

Now that Carr is off the recruiting market, he will get back into gear and prepare for his high school season. With a championship in his team's sights, he just wants to get better.

"I really just need to work hard and get ready for the season," he said. "I might go to an elite camp here towards the end of the summer. That is probably it though."

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