Arizona signed a number of wide receivers in the 2015 class and the Wildcats got the ball rolling early, grabbing a commitment from Murrieta (Calif.) Vista wide receiver Jamie Nunley near the end of June.
Nunley believes that the early commitment was a positive experience for him throughout the season.
”It was really nice being committed so early in the process,” Nunley said. “I got to root for the team and I never had to have any feelings in the back of my head wondering where I was going.”
The three-star prospect was a close observer of the Wildcats throughout the year. He focused on how the coaches used players and it gave him an idea of how he was going to be used.
”I knew that they were capable of having as much success as they did just from watching the practices,” he said. “I got to see how the whole program was being ran and that was very helpful for me in knowing what to expect.”
Watching the coaches was nothing new to Nunley, who says that seeing the coaches interact with the team is what sold him on Arizona.
”I knew after I went over Spring Break last year, seeing them practice and their facilities, that Arizona was going to be a tough place to beat,” Nunley said. “Watching their practice is where it clicked for me. Seeing how they get after it and how intense everyone is was great.”
One thing that stands out to the wide receiver is the coaches ability to separate on the field coaching with off the field coaching.
”The coaching staff is super nice before practice,” he said. “They’re really down to earth and then during practice, they are really getting after it and you almost have to look twice to make sure it is the same people because they are so intense. Then after practice, they are back to being their nice selves. They can get after it, but still have your back.”
Nunley’s relationship with the coaching staff grew as he got closer to offensive line coach Jim Michalczik, who still talks to the signee every few days.
”My relationship with Coach Michalczik is good," Nunley said. “We talk a lot. He checks in on my whenever he can, just making sure that everything is going well. If I ever need any information or anything he always gets it for me.”
In high school Nunley was used primarily as a tight end, though that may change once he arrives in Tucson.
”I’m going in as a receiver, tight end, and H-back,” he said. “We’re going to see how my body progresses once I get there. We’ve talked about it quite a bit.”
Even though his position hasn’t been decided yet, Nunley does have a preference for when he gets to campus.
”I like tight end because I can still go down and I have the option to flex out,”Nunley said. ”That way I can block some and still be able to catch the ball. I look forward to hopefully doing that a lot.”