Arizona's offensive approach generally requires players that can take on a multitude of tasks. When head coach Rich Rodriguez pursues an offensive prospect, that player will usually possess a unique skillset that will allow him to play several positions and take on multiple roles within the system.
That's one of the biggest reasons 6-foot, 175-pound athlete Samajie Grant is such a vital piece to the 2013 recruiting class. The speedy receiver can line up anywhere on the field and possesses superior athleticism that could allow him to develop into a big-time playmaker.
An impressive talent from Ontario (Calif.) Colony, Grant knew he wanted to be a Wildcat the moment he first arrived in Tucson.
"When I went on my unofficial visit out there," Grant said. "I fell in love with the campus."
Numerous programs were in hot pursuit of Grant's services. With other offers on the table from schools like UCLA, Washington and San Diego State, Grant had plenty to choose from outside of Arizona. He decided that the relationship he established with the Wildcats' coaching staff put the nail in the coffin of his recruitment.
"The coaches up there are pretty straight-forward." Grant said. "They don't lie to you and tell you things they know they aren't going to go along with."
Since committing to UA, Grant has made it a point to stay in touch with the coaches on a consistent basis. There is more discussed than just football, according to Grant, as they generally cover a wide variety of topics.
"I talk to them as much as I can," Grant said. "We talk about a lot of stuff outside of football. We talk about school a lot. Our relationship is pretty good."
Each skill position on the offensive side of the ball currently has plenty of talent and depth. That doesn't deter Grant's confidence, as he has no intentions of redshirting and, instead, plans on battling for playing time immediately.
"I'm not going to redshirt unless I have to," Grant said. "I am going to try to fight for a position."
Rodriguez's offensive approach is well known at this point. The challenge for many prospects coming into his system is how they adapt to the fast-paced approach. Even with the potential challenges, Grant believes the transition to college football will be assisted by the offense he played in at Colony.
"That's what we ran at my high school," Grant said. "So I figure I would fit pretty good (at Arizona)."
Grant will arrive on campus during an exciting time for Arizona football. The Wildcats win total improved by four in Rodriguez's first season and it was done with a lot of question marks on offense and a patchwork defense. Now with more talent arriving with him, Grant feels the program is headed in the right direction.
"Last year was the first year with the coaches and we didn't do that bad," Grant said. "This year we have a lot of freshmen coming in so hopefully we all can make a difference."
Grant wanted honesty
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