Future Cat QB enjoys his official

It was a bit recruiting weekend for the Arizona football team. They hosted five players this weekend and would love for a few to help fill out the final slots in the recruiting class. One player did not need to be sold. QB Tyler Lyon already committed to Arizona but finally made his official visit to Tucson.

"It went well," Lyon said of the visit. "I got to meet and talk to all of the coaches. I met a lot of the players and they are really good guys."

Interestingly enough, one of the players that Lyon mentioned most was Willie Tuitama, the player he will be competing with next season. Already the two are off to a good start.

"I got to meet Willie," Lyon said. "He's really nice and helpful. The kind of guy I thought he'd be."

Although conventional wisdom says that Lyon will redshirt in an effort to get two years of separation between he and Tuitama, there are no guarantees. Lyon is preparing as if he has to come in and compete right away.

"I'm prepared to either play right away or redshirt," Lyon said. "Whatever coach Stoops and Coach Canales want me to do is fine."

Lyon is the second highly rated quarterback the Cats have landed in successive recruiting classes. Tuitama was an instant success for the program and Lyon hopes to have a similar impact down the line.

The Wildcats are coming off back-to-back three win seasons, but they are able to sell recruits on the future. Lyon is one such recruit.

"It's a program on the rise," Lyon boasted. "There is a positive energy around the players and coaches. I really like the campus and the city as well."

Lyon has an advantage on many high school players. Not only does he come from a quarterback factory like Hart High School, but his father is a junior college coach. Needless to say, Lyon has a pretty solid background when it comes to the sport.

This weekend was not only about seeing the sights and getting the royal treatment. Sure Lyon enjoyed the fine foods and all of the tours, but he was also doing his own sell job over the weekend.

"I've been recruiting this weekend," Lyon said. "I talked to C.J. Gable a lot, trying to get him to come."


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