Arizona Signing Day Awards: Immediate Impact

WildcatAuthority.com makes its picks for the player most likely to make an immediate impact.

Ben White: I really like Brian Casteel to step up early and have a significant role. Casteel may not be the fastest wideout in the world, but his football I.Q. and ability to be a deceptive route runner will get him on the field early. 

Arizona’s receiving core takes a hit this year with the loss of Trey Griffey and Nate Phillips, therefore the presence of someone like Casteel will be crucial. 

Michael Luke:  Colin Schooler is the classic case where talent meets opportunity. Schooler is a kid that hit the recruiting a scene a little later than most, but the excitement surrounding his arrival is evident.

Blessed with a body type that can put on weight and the needed tenacity of a future all conference linebacker, Schooler already looks the part of a player that will pile up tackles for the Arizona defense next season.

Cody James Martin: One of Arizona’s latest additions to the class may be one that has the most immediate impact. 

Anthony Pandy fills an immediate need at linebacker and already has the size and athleticism that can allow him to be serviceable on the field. 

Similar to Colin Schooler, Pandy has a great feel for the game and always seems to be in the right position on the field, but Pandy is a bit bigger and is slightly more athletic, hence getting the nod here. 

As long as he takes to coaching and works hard once he gets to campus, it would not be a stretch to see Pandy starting this season.  

Jason Scheer: I normally don’t like picking the same player for two awards, but how do I not go with Nathan Tilford here?

Often times the player that sees the field the soonest isn’t necessarily the best or has the highest potential, but rather is the most physically ready to play.

I do think Tilford has high potential and is among the best players in the class, but he is also ready to play physically. 


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