2016 Recruiting Analysis: Quarterback

Arizona will take a quarterback in this class. Read on to see which two players we feel are the best fit and why.

When we take a look at the 2016 recruiting class, there are a handful of players that we see as good fits with Arizona. The following is a look at the quarterback position: Need: Arizona did not take a quarterback in the last class, which means it is an absolute guarantee that the coaching staff will go out and land at least one signal caller.

Anu Solomon is a sophomore, which means he will be a junior when the quarterback in this class comes in. There are no guarantees as to whether or not Solomon will last the whole season or what type of competition a freshman would be entering, but the quarterback that is recruited in this class is going to have a legitimate chance to win this job, even if it does not come right away.

Ideal Situation:

When looking at the different quarterbacks and keeping Arizona’s targets realistic, we feel Modster is the best fit.

He is a deceptively accurate quarterback that has good downfield arm strength and accuracy. In addition, he is similar to Solomon in the sense that he never seems to get visibly rattled too much.

If Modster was on Arizona now, he would be the best running quarterback on the roster. He has the ability to escape the pocket and can also naturally take off and run. With his 6-foot-1, 215-pound size, Modster also has the ability to break tackles and make running one of the strengths of his game.

Modster is a four-star quarterback for a reason and would improve with Rod Smith’s coaching. Should Arizona land him and Solomon keep his job. having Modster redshirt for a year and learn the system and get stronger would not be a bad thing by any means.

Most schools want Tate at wide receiver, but Arizona is not most schools. It’s main recruiting pitch is that it trusts Tate as a quarterback and even though he has offers from schools like USC, UCLA, and Florida State, those have not said the same.

At 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, Tate has enough size and speed to be a nightmare of opposing defenses. He is very difficult to bring down and is certainly one of the best athletes in the country, hence the surge of offers.

If you only knew Rich Rodriguez from his days at West Virginia, Tate would be the type of quarterback that you would expect him to recruit. He may not be the best thrower, but there is enough there where it is not a worry.

The arm strength is there, but there needs to be some work on downfield accuracy. That will come with coaching, so it definitely is not a major concern.


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