There’s one player in nearly every class that coaches and fans feel is underrated or overlooked.
For Arizona, that player is 6-foot-1, 220-pound Mission Viejo (Calif.) linebacker Colin Schooler.
“Whenever I see recruiting rankings I don’t really trust it,” Schooler said. “My brother Brenden was ranked as a two-star wide receiver and there are some that had him as a freshman All-American at free safety.
“I don’t trust the recruiting, but I do have a chip on my shoulder. If I am going to be under recruited, I am going to go out and show everybody that Mission Viejo is not only a powerhouse that still produces players, but I am also going to represent Orange County.”
Once Arizona decided to offer Schooler, it moved quickly to get the commitment.
“My family and I got together and spoke and came to the decision that Arizona was the best fit for me not only school wise, but they also have the majors I am interested in like Business and Communication,” Schooler said.
“They also have a criminal justice degree and we thought that was the best fit for me.”
The coaching staff played a major role in Schooler’s decision despite there being a change in his position coach.
“Coach Yates is awesome,” Schooler said. “I have been communicating with him for a while now and luckily a spot opened for me and he came and got me.
“He used to coach linebackers and now he coaches defensive backs, so we got a linebacker coach in Scott Boone that recruited me from Nevada, so I am familiar with him. On my official they were both enthusiastic and I can’t wait to play for them.”
Schooler also likes the fact that he will have an opportunity to play early.
“The coaches told all of the recruits that they did not recruit us to sit on the bench,” he said. “They obviously have enough faith in all of us to let us play as true freshmen.
“Scott Boone is very enthusiastic and whenever he talked about football he gets fired up and that gets me amped up. I can’t wait to play for him.”
Arizona is hoping that Schooler’s ability translates to the college level where he will ideally play numerous linebacker spots.
“I think I fly around to the ball really well and have a good sense of what play is going to happen.,” he said.
“I think my instincts are very good. I have been playing for so long that I can find the ball really fast.
“At first learning the playbook will probably be hard, but Coach Boone is awesome and will definitely hep me out with that.
“I am not going to learn one position. I am going to learn them all to be more valuable and that part will likely be hard.”