Quarterback commits to Cats

A tragic week for the Arizona football team had one positive moment on Friday night. A top tier quarterback committed to the program that has been dealing with the tragic passing of McCollins Umeh. While this pledge certainly does not erase the sadness that coaches and players are feeling, it does confirm that life goes on.

William Tuitama is one of the top quarterback prospects in the state of California. The 6-3 signal caller from Stockton's St. Mary's High School told Arizona coaches that he wanted to be a Wildcat at around 5:00 Friday evening..

"A lot of it had to do with McCollins Umeh's death," Tuitama said of his decision to pull the trigger. "I felt by committing I could boost them up. I could show them that kids are still going to commit. We know that his death had nothing to do with Arizona."

It wasn't just tragedy that led to the decision.

"I committed because I really like the school," Tuitama added.

Tuitama has been very impressive at the various summer camps. He was the best passer at ASU's one-day camp and was arguably the top quarterback and player in attendance TheInsiders/MSL Combine at Cal-Berkeley.

Tuitama has a good arm and is mobile in the pocket. He is accurate, shows poise and can find his second and third option when needed to. He is not a runner but can buy himself time in the pocket when things break down.

"I'm kind of like Peyton Manning," he explained. "I prefer to drop back and read defenses. My arm is pretty strong."

Tuitama was in Tucson last week on an unofficial visit prior to attending the ASU camp and was impressed. Although the program impressed him well enough, the Wildcats had an ace in the hole. Wildcat assistant Mike Tuiasasopo is Tuitama's second cousin.

"I know I have family there," Tuitama said. "My parents are comfortable because I will have family in Arizona looking after me."

Arizona offensive coordinator Mike Canales may not be kin, but he made a huge impression on the young quarterback.

"I like him a whole lot," Tuitama informed. "I have a feeling that he will take me to the next level. He has worked with great QB's and I think he's a great offensive coordinator."

Last season the Wildcats failed to sign a quarterback, but according to Tuitama they won't double up in this class. Tuitama says that has been told he will be the only quarterback signed in the class.

"I'm it," he said succinctly.

The Stockton area has a number of good players, including a few at St. Mary's. Tuitama says both Tad Smith and Anthony Crosby are very interested in Arizona and if offered they may jump at a chance to be a package deal.

As it stands, the Wildcats got at least one good one from the area.


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