The Wildcat coaching staff has never backed off on a commitment from a player who suffered an injury and Gilbert (Ariz.) Campo Verde 2015 defensive lineman Finton Connolly can attest to that fact.
“It’s very frustrating, but the Arizona coaches have been in my corner the entire time,” Connolly said. “I worked really hard to get to the point where I was ready to go into my senior season and help my guys out, but injuring a knee really put a thorn in all that.”
All is not lost, as Connolly has already achieved his goal of receiving a Division-I scholarship.
“That’s the big thing," he said. "The injury sucked, but it still didn’t wipe out the fact that I’m going to be a major college athlete. A lot of players would kill to be in that position.”
Connolly is already thinking about how to best capitalize on that good fortune.
“I talk with the coaches all the time and I know right now they like me as a defensive end," he said. "I’m not totally sure of my role in that regard. If they want me to hold the edge I’m fine with that and if they need me to get after the quarterback I’m okay with that.”
In the meantime, Connolly is going to closely follow his future team.
“You have no idea how exciting it has been for me to watch these guys," he said. "It seems like each week something else unique happens, but at the same time they are getting better each game.
"The Oregon game was one of the best games I’ve seen. Coach came out with a plan on both sides of the ball and it seemed like they had Oregon on their heels most of the game.
"That all goes back to Coach Rodriguez. He’s a guy who always comes up with the plan and it works. That’s why I’m going to be a Wildcat.”