While Arizona football fans are still smarting over a tough overtime loss to the Washington Huskies, the program just received some momentous news.
Vail (Ariz.) Cienega 2018 quarterback Jamarye Joiner, arguably the most talented Tucson-area high school football player in recent memory, committed to UA early Sunday evening.
“Watching the Washington game and how they used the quarterback and how they battled back from being behind made me realize that I was ready to be a Wildcat,” Joiner said. “Then you add in that all my family and friends can come to the game and the choice became easy.
"Seeing how excited Rich Rodriguez was today (Sunday) when I told them only reinforced my decision.”
Make no mistake, getting a UA offer was a huge deal for Joiner.
“One of my biggest goals coming into the season was getting my top ranking back and getting that local offer from Arizona to play quarterback," Joiner said.
"Getting back out on the field and playing that first game was really a dream come true. Then when I got the offer it just made things even better.
“I wanted to hold off awhile, but the more time went on I wanted to play in front of my friends and family from day one.”
Despite not playing last season, Joiner hasn't shown any rust from the time off, likely due to working with his uncle Tamoni Joiner, one of the best players to come out of Tucson during the past 20 years.
“I work hard at what I do and I have great people around me who make sure I get better all the time and represent this city well," Joiner said.