Arizona added to its 2017 class this weekend with a name that is likely familiar to plenty of people.
Tucson (Ariz.) Catalina Foothills quarterback Rhett Rodriguez committed to play for his father.
“It was a cool experience,” Rodriguez said of his commitment. “It is something I have been dreaming about my whole live and it is cool to live it now.”
Rodriguez was offered by his father and other members of the coaching staff last week.
“It was pretty funny because I was in the middle of school and he texted me to give him a call and I gave him a call in between classes,” Rhett said.
“He put me on speaker with the other coaches and told me he was going to offer me a scholarship and he told me I can tell my family whenever I want and at the end of the conversation I said keep in touch and everybody got a kick out of that.”
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound quarterback did not want to commit right away, but he knew where he would end up.
“I thought about it for a couple days and I decided there was no other place I would rather play,” he said.
“Obviously I know the coaching staff and I have familiarity here. I thought it was a culture I would be a part of.”
There may not be another player in the country that knows Rich Rodriguez and his coaching style more than Rhett does.
“I have always seen it up close and personal my whole life, so I knew what to expect,” Rhett said.
“It was always going to be something unique to be part of the process myself. It was something that was definitely a great day.”