Can Arizona’s quarterback room be any more loaded going into the 2022 season?
Former Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura, who entered the transfer portal during the weekend, announced via Twitter on Monday night he is headed to Arizona.
ITS PERSONAL!!! pic.twitter.com/gt5Gh1ZTUk
— Jayden de Laura (@jayden_delaura) January 11, 2022
De Laura completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 2,798 yards with 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions during the season for the Cougars, who fired midway through the season the coach who recruited him from Hawaii — Nick Rolovich.
De Laura, who hails from powerhouse St. Louis High School of Honolulu, was selected the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.
Arizona’s quarterbacks entering the fall include returners Jordan McCloud, Gunner Cruz and Will Plummer, and Anaheim (Calif.) Servite High School standout Noah Fifita.
Plummer ended the 1-11 season, Jedd Fisch’s first at Arizona, as the primary starter after McCloud and Cruz suffered season-ending injuries midway through the season.
Cruz transferred to Arizona from Washington State after De Laura became more of an option for Rolovich.
De Laura’s former St. Louis teammate, offensive tackle Jonah Savaiinaea, is a Class of 2022 signee with the Wildcats. He is attending Arizona this spring.
Arizona has added six transfers from the transfer portal including USC linebacker Hunter Echols, UCLA defensive back DJ Warnell, Southern Utah tight end Tanner McLachlan, UTEP wide receiver Jacob Cowing and Michigan linebacker Anthony Solomon.
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