Arizona may be heading into the season, but it is also winding down towards the end of a vigorous summer of recruiting.
The Wildcats’ hard work with prospects has paid off so far and continues to show promise as Anthem (Ariz.) Boulder Creek offensive lineman Nathan Eldridge committed to play his college ball in Tucson over the weekend.
Eldridge visited the University of Arizona campus on Saturday and got the full treatment from the Wildcats.
”It was a great experience,” Eldridge said. “I loved it down there. I got to tour the entire campus and I got to see the facilities, like the locker room and the weight room. It was great.
”I got to watch practice after everything else. I got some alone time with the coaches and that was one of the best parts of the trip.”
One thing that stood out above the rest for the lineman was the coaching staff’s approach to his recruitment.
”The coaching staff showed me that they wanted me, not just as a football player, but as a person as well,” Eldridge said. “They want me to work hard to make the program better and make myself better.”
Eldridge never felt a lack of love from the Arizona program during his recruitment.
”Every single day they were allowed, I was receiving a message from them by any form that they could communicate with me," he said. "They just showed that they cared about me a lot and that really sealed the deal for me.”
In the end, it was his relationship with the coaches and his visit to the campus that ultimately ended his recruitment.
”It really felt like home to me,” Eldridge said. “The coaches at Arizona really made me feel different than any other coach that was recruiting me. Like I said, I was receiving mail every single day. They just showed how much they cared about me.”
Another takeaway from his visit was the fact that the lineman was able to check out the campus and see what it will be like to play football for the Wildcats.
”I liked that campus is small,” he said. “Everything is close together there. Also, the campus and the city is very football-centric. Everyone there loves football and it’s the only game in town, so everyone is invested.”
Eldridge may have a leg up when he gets to campus next summer as he will be playing in a similar style offense during his high school season.
“I feel like I’m going to fit in great,” he said. “We just got a new high school coach and we are going to run an uptempo offense just like Arizona. I think that’s going to help me get a little bit ahead.”
When Eldridge gets on campus, a little under a year from now, he will likely start at the center position.