In-state lineman excited about decision

In-state defensive lineman Finton Connolly committed to Arizona on Saturday. Read on to see why, how he feels he fits with the defense, and more.

Not only did Arizona beat Oregon on Saturday, but it also started its 2015 class with a commitment from 6-foot-3, 255-pound Gilbert (Ariz.) Camp Verde defensive lineman Finton Connolly.

Connolly was in attendance for the upset of Oregon and was able to watch it as a committed player.

"The game was great," Connolly said. "It was crazy game and I am glad that I was able to be there and be a part of it."

This was Connolly's second unofficial visit in the month of November, as his first one got the ball rolling towards a commitment.

"I came a few weeks ago for the UCLA game and the thing I really liked about Arizona was the atmosphere and I love the coaching staff," he said. "Everything about the U of A I liked and I felt I fit in really well and it was the school for me."

Connolly has talked the most with one Arizona coach in particular, but hopes to expand that communication in the near future.

"I talk the most with Coach Ragle," he said. "I hope I will get to know my position coach a lot better and I really want to make sure I know him well when I get there."

As he watched Arizona's defense in action, Connolly grew more confident that he would fit in with what the Wildcats like to do defensively.

"They kind of run the same defense as we do a little bit scheme wise," Connolly said. "I feel like that will fit me and it is the right defense for me."

The decision may seem like it is an early one for Connolly, but he says the lure of Arizona was just too much to turn down.

"I thought about waiting, but I committed early," he said. "I have been a Wildcat fan since birth and I wanted to get it out of the way and focus on my grades."

It also does not hurt that Connolly's father graduated from Arizona, although he says that it did not play a role in his decision.

"He kind of told me that it was my choice and where I want to go," Connolly said. "If I felt like Arizona was the right place for me, then that is where I should go."


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