Wildcats Pick Up Illinois Tight End

The Arizona Wildcats have been recruiting Illinois hard as they have offered several players from the Land of Lincoln and most of them have in turn, visited the campus. One of the players to do so and come away impressed was Carmel TE Jack Baucus who made a commitment to Arizona this weekend.

Carmel High (Mundelein, IL) tight end Jack Baucus ended his recruitment this past weekend as he committed to the Arizona Wildcats.

The 6'6, 233-lb Baucus had other notable offers from the likes of Air Force, Navy, Eastern Michigan, Akron and others but couldn't pass up the chance to head west and play for the Wildcats.

"You know, I wanted to get it done before the season," he explained, "it lifted a huge weight off my shoulders to not have to worry about impressing so and so and just concentrate on the goal of winning state."

Baucus took a trip out to Tucson in the spring and it was then he really began to feel like it was a place he could end up.

"I got to know the coaches and met the players, they seemed like great guys and great coaches. I really liked them and can see myself learning from them. Their starting tight end right now will be a high round draft pick in a couple years (Rodney Gronkowski) and I could learn a lot from playing with him."

Gronkowski is one of two tight ends on the roster at the moment and with the depth chart the way it is, Baucus says there is a decent chance he can get into the rotation as the third tight end when he gets to campus.

One factor which would scare of some recruits is the distance between his home and where Baucus will play college football, but he says that is not the case with him.

"I'm ok with distance thing, my parents aren't so excited about it. I'm excited for something new, something different."

He is also excited about having the sometimes grueling recruiting process over with.

"It's exciting and everything to finally make a commitment. I'm glad it's over, the whole recruiting process is really hard, but I wouldn't have changed anything. I'm just relieved to have it over with."

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