Arizona Football: 3 Recruits Most Likely to Start for the Wildcats in 2013

Tom GreenhalghContributor IIIJanuary 8, 2013

Dec. 15, 2012; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez (right) waits with his team prior to entering the field before the game against the Nevada Wolf Pack in the 2012 New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. Arizona defeated Nevada 49-48. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rich Rodriguez wasted little time hitting the recruiting trail after being named head coach at Arizona.

In utilizing the fertile recruiting grounds of California (11 signees) and placing emphasis on keeping in-state talent in-state (five Arizona signees), RichRod put together a quality class in his first go-round in Tucson.

Though 26 players were signed, it would appear that only a handful will have the opportunity to start right away, the reason being that Arizona returns the majority of its 2012 starters on both sides of the ball.

Nonetheless, his 2013 class will, at the least, provide much-needed depth and perhaps even a few starters in early September.

Here are three candidates:


1. Anu Solomon, Quarterback

Anu Solomon figures to be one of two players vying for the starting quarterback position in 2013.

Rated a 4-star recruit by, Solomon's athleticism and mobility make him the prototypical Rodriguez quarterback. 

Potentially standing in between Solomon and starting in Week 1 is USC transfer quarterback Jesse Scroggins.


Rodriguez wants to create competition at every position, and he's certainly done so at quarterback.


2. Logan Stott, Offensive Guard

Standing at 6'3", 300 pounds, offensive guard Logan Stott figures to compete for a starting position right away at Arizona.

With the departure of Trace Biskin and the lack of returning talent at the position, Stott, a 4-star recruit on, figures to see the field right away.


3. Calvin Allen, Defensive End

Rated a 3-star recruit by, Calvin Allen is one of the most versatile recruits heading to Arizona next year. 

Allen played both sides of the ball in high school, but was recruited as a strong-side defensive end. 

A solid run defender with the potential to excel on the other side of the ball as an offensive guard, his versatility makes me like Allen as a potential freshman starter on either side of the ball.