Arizona Football

Arizona lands Washington State transfer Gunner Cruz

Arizona coach Jedd Fisch has been busy on the recruiting trail to fill out the 2021 recruiting class. The class has 15 signed players with four recruits committed ahead of the February signing period. 

Fisch has spent time landing transfers for the 2021 class with five players coming into the program with offensive lineman Davis DiVall (Baylor), defensive back Gunner Maldonado (Northwestern), running back Drake Anderson (Northwestern), cornerback Isaiah Rutherford (Norte Dame), and defensive end Jason Harris (Colorado). 

Arizona is adding its sixth transfer in quarterback Gunner Cruz who has spent the last two seasons with Washington State. Cruz is a 6-foot-5, 217-pound prospect out of Queen Creek from Casteel High School. While at Casteel, he went 14-0 and led his team to a 3A state title in a win against Pusch Ridge Christian.

At Washington State, Cruz played in one game, going 5-for-7 for 34 yards and a touchdown during a 38-13 road loss to USC.

With the addition of Cruz, Fisch now has four transfers that played high school football in the state of Arizona, showing how focused Fisch is on turning around in-state recruiting.

As a program, Arizona has struggled to keep in-state talent while watching kids go all across the country having success at different programs. Here’s a projected list of players on the Wildcats roster that went to high school in the state:

Arizona Wildcats In-State Players

Player CityPosition
Jamarye Joiner TucsonReceiver
Calib McRaeTucsonLinebacker
Jacob Bracamonte TucsonOffensive Line
David Watson Tucson Offensive Line
Stanley BerryhillTucsonReceiver
Stevie RockerTucsonRunning Back
Tristen D'AngeloAnthemTight End
Gunner Maldonado ChandlerDefensive Back
Drake Anderson ChandlerRunning Back
Parker HenleyChandlerLinebacker
Chandler Kelly Chandler Defensive Line
Regen Terry Florence Defensive Line
Dyelan Miller Glendale Receiver
Ammon AllenGilbert Linebacker
Jason Harris Gilbert Defensive Line
Darrell BranchGilbert Offensive Line
Will Plummer Gilbert Quarterback
Steven BaileyLitchfield Park Offensive Line
Treydan Stukes Litchfield Park Defensive Back
Jordan Morgan MaranaOffensive Line
Jalen HarrisMesa Defensive Line
Josh McCauley MesaOffensive Line
Aaron BlackwellPeoriaDefensive Line
Jaydin Young PeoriaDefensive Back
Luke AshworthPhoenix Quarterback
Kyle OstendorpPhoenix Punter
Rourke FreeburgScottsdale Linebacker
Trey Cartledge ScottsdaleDefensive Back
Gunner Cruz Queen Creek Quarterback
Jaxon McBride Queen Creek Offensive Line
Tyson Gardner Queen Creek Offensive Line

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.

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