The late de-commitment of quarterback Braxton Burmeister — just as he was poised to enroll early at Arizona — left the Wildcats in a bit of a bind.
With Burmeister swayed by an offer from Oregon, Arizona has been looking at Plan B for quarterbacks in its 2017 class. One option is Nick Tronti from Ponte Vedra (Fla.) Beach High School.
Tronti, who committed to Charlotte in June, tweeted Wednesday that he had received an offer from the Wildcats. He received an offer from Indiana earlier this month and is scheduled to visit that campus this weekend, according to 247Sports.
Tronti (6-2, 210) is listed as a two-star quarterback prospect by 247Sports, although he was chosen Mr. Football in Florida, the state’s highest individual award, accounting for all classifications.
Tronti, according to Jacksonville.com, passed for 3,328 yards and 24 touchdowns, also rushing for 650 yards and 19 scores. He led his team to a 13-1 record and a state runner-up berth in Class 5A, which is the fourth-highest of nine classes of Florida high school football.
Recent Mr. Football winners in Florida include Heisman-winning running back Derrick Henry and running back Dalvin Cook.
Arizona, which lost Burmeister and senior Anu Solomon to transfer, projects to have only three scholarship quarterbacks right now — junior Brandon Dawkins, sophomore Khalil Tate and incoming freshman Rhett Rodriguez, the son of coach Rich Rodriguez.
If the Wildcats don’t sign anybody during the signing period that starts Feb. 1, they could look for help in the transfer market later in the spring and summer.