Salesian coach praises Carr

The Arizona Wildcats picked up a defensive back on Sunday. Read on to find out his high school coach's reaction and more on the commitment.

The Arizona Wildcats have been actively recruiting two high profile linebackers from Los Angeles (Calif.) Bishop Mora Salesian High School: Marquis Ware and Jamardre Cobb.

Sunday, Rich Rodriguez and co. picked up a commitment from one of their teammates, Rodney Carr.

"I think it's a great fit for him," Salesian Head Coach D'Vah Thomas said. "Athletically, I think their whole department is great. Academically, it's a great fit.

"They have a lot of things going for them. That staff is really getting after it. They have made such a dramatic change in that program in just one year. It's a great atmosphere for Rodney."

Thomas has seen Carr's recruitment grow from the early stages. He knows Carr's abilities on the field, including which position suits him best.

"He's just an all-around defensive back," he said. "He's a great player that is very versatile. He can be a corner in some situations and a safety in others. He just plays both."

Carr was missed on the Arizona coaches' trip to Salesian in the spring, but they still made an effort to keep in contact with him. An unofficial visit to Arizona was what helped seal the deal.

"They love his size, his attitude, and everything else," Thomas said. "They didn't get a chance to see him in the spring period, but he went down there on an unofficial this weekend. They fell in love with him and offered him a scholarship."

Early Sunday morning, Thomas got a call from his defensive back. Carr had slept on the decision to commit and wanted to get input from his coach.

"(Carr) called me before he committed and told me what he thought," Thomas said. "I told him that if that's what he wanted, then we should do it. He told me, ‘Let's bear down; I want to be a Wildcat.' After that was when he committed."

Arizona is getting a solid defender with Carr, as Thomas believes that he is a one of the top players on his roster.

"He's very physical and fast," he said. "He can run with the best of them. He has a pickup size. He's very coachable and he's everything you can want in a player."

Although there are plenty of positives going for Carr, he still has things to work on. His coach would like to see him get more comfortable playing off his receiver.

"Rodney might need to work on his off game a little bit," he said. "His press game is great. Rodney will need to work on reading receivers and the hitch. Other than that, he's great."

Carr won't get onto campus for another year, but Thomas already knows that he will make an immediate impact. He says the defensive back is a hard worker who won't let anything be handed to him.

"(Carr) is a veteran, so he is going to fit in right away," Thomas said. "He doesn't like anything to be handed to him. He is going to show up and work from day one. He's been through it, so this will be great for him."

As or the other Salesian recruits, there won't be a decision any time soon. The coach plans on sitting down with both families and discussing the next steps for his linebackers.

"Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware went out there with him on the unofficial visit," Thomas said. "They are just checking out schools at this time. They want to see which schools are the best for each of them.

"I don't know their timelines for a decision. They went with their parents and once we are all back in the same place, we can sit down and discuss things. We are all like a family. Once they get home we will all sit and talk as a family so that we can figure it out."

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