Seffner (Fla.) Armwood cornerback Jarvis McCall signed with South Florida out of high school a season ago, but was unable to enroll due to his SAT scores. After raising his scores, McCall committed to the Arizona Wildcats.
"I just committed to Arizona," McCall said Monday afternoon. "It was a quick process. I just called and we worked everything out."
Multiple things stuck out about Arizona for the cornerback, including a shot at immediate playing time.
"I really enjoyed talking with the coaching staff," he said. "I like everything they are doing. I'm also going to get a chance to play early and that was important to me."
Arizona is on the opposite side of the country, but he believes that he will enjoy the desert, despite never taking a trip to campus.
"I just wanted the opportunity to leave home," McCall said. "I wanted to see other things outside of Florida.
"I also wanted to go someplace where I would get a chance to play early. I haven't played in a game in a while and, even though I have been working out, I want to get back in and play quickly."
The cornerback has done his research on the Wildcats' defense and believes that it is the best fit for him to get on the field quickly.
"The defense really isn't a big deal to me," McCall said. "I just want to go out there and play ball.
"I can play all kinds of different coverages. I'm best with man coverages, but I can do anything they need me to."
McCall's decision was brought in by the Arizona coaches. He spoke with them regularly and felt it was time to make a decision.
"I talk to Coach Rod Smith and he was the one I called when I made my decision," he said."
Once he knew that he was going to be able to qualify for the 2013-2014 school year, McCall began letting coaches know with a reminder of his playing days.
"I made a highlight tape of my senior year a while back that I wanted to send out when I got my score up," McCall said. "My old coach helped me send it out. One of those schools was Arizona."
After sending out his highlights, McCall still had plenty of suitors, but only one was aggressive in recruiting him.
Over the past year, the defensive back has been working hard on several things, including his academics.
"I had to retake my SAT, so I've been working hard on that," McCall said. "Having a higher score was important for me going forward with football.
"I've also been working out and staying in shape. I was mostly working out on my own and with people that were supporting me."
McCall carries plenty of confidence about his game. However, he is also humble and understands that there is plenty to work on in the coming years.
"I would say I need to work on a little bit of everything," McCall said. "I can always get better. I'm not perfect at anything, but I'm always looking to improve."