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Highly-rated Class of 2016 QB from California picks Arizona Wildcats


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Devon Modster chose Arizona over UCLA, Utah and Washington State (YouTube video screen shot)

Devon Modster chose Arizona over UCLA, Utah and Washington State (YouTube video screen shot)

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Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff picked up their second quarterback commitment from the Class of 2016 after not signing one from the Class of 2015 two months ago.

High-profile recruit Devon Modster, the No. 2-rated quarterback in California by Scout.com, picked Arizona over UCLA and Boise State. Utah and Washington State also recruited him. The Las Flores (Calif) Tesoro High School senior-to-be joins Gardena (Calif.) Juniper Serro High School quarterback commit Khalil Tate on Arizona’s Class of 2016 commitment list.

Tate, 6’1″ and 195 pounds, can play multiple positions in college because of his athleticism. Modster is a prototypical mobile quarterback at 6’2″ and 215. His scrambling ability, strong legs and arm strength are reminiscent of former UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.

“Arizona was my first offer and treated me like family,” Modster told Scout.com for the reason why he chose Arizona. “I loved the environment there and the coaches were so much fun to be around. Just being around them in the coaches office and seeing how they interact with each other and the players was a lot of fun for me.

“I love the offense there too and it fits me very well. It’s a multi-option offense and the quarterback can make multiple reads. You can hand it off, keep it or throw the bubble or slant. They just won the pac 12 South and the program is definitely going in the right direction and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Anu Solomon will be a fourth-year junior next season after redshirting as a freshman. He will need capable backups and Rodriguez is not a stranger to having depth at the quarterback position. The competition in spring and fall practice heading into the 2016 season should improve the quarterback position, especially if Solomon gets injured.

Redshirt freshman Brandon Dawkins is vying for the backup spot this upcoming season with senior Jerrard Randle.

Modster is Arizona’s fifth commitment for the Class of 2016. The others are Tate, McAllen (Texas) Memorial running back Trevor Speights, Salpointe Catholic defensive tackle Justin Holt and Harbor City (Calif.) Nathaniel Narbonne athlete Sean Riley.

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