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ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared Arizona four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Grant Gunnell to Stanford QB K.J. Costello.

"Both Costello and Gunnell have high, over-the-top releases and are pocket players with good feet," Luginbill writes. He believes that the 6-foot-6, 206-pounder is "as good a passer, if not better, than what Arizona currently has on its roster." That would include starter Khalil Tate, who is hell-on-wheels as a runner but still has work to do in his development as a passing threat (though he flashed on plenty of occasions last season). In the ESPN 300, Gunnell ranks as the No. 182 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Jun 8 - 3:32 PM

Arizona received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Grant Gunnell.

Gunnell (6'6/207) makes for the biggest commitment yet in HC Kevin Sumlin's developing outfit down in the desert. He was also seriously considering Ohio State and Cal. 247Sports analyst Steve Wiltfong writes that the newest baby Wildcat brings to the table "pocket presence, anticipation and marksmanship to all levels of the field." We're typically reticent to throw around high school numbers -- they just aren't that informative to a college development in many cases -- but Gunnell's are shiny enough to warrant notice. As a high school junior in 2017, he threw for 4,936 yards with a silly 61/6 TD/INT ratio. The 247Sports composite board sees him into fray at No. 97 overall in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 7 - 5:01 PM

The Daily Wildcats' Rob Kleifield compared Arizona sophomore LB Colin Schooler to former program star Scooby Wright.

"With cat-like reflexes and high-level play recognition, Schooler is primed to lead Arizona’s defense into the new era," Kleifield writes, noting that like Wright previously, the 6-foot, 226-pound Schooler plays bigger than his relatively diminutive size. The linebacker was named Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2017 -- an award previously won by Wright -- after he logged 96 tackles (13.5 for loss), four sacks and two interceptions for the campaign.
Jun 1 - 3:39 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Texas A&M sophomore OL Robert Congel has transferred to Arizona.

Score a depth add for HC Kevin Sumlin. Congel (6'3/315) walked on to the Aggies last year and went on to play in five games as a true freshman. Because he was not ever on scholarship with the program, it's possible that he'll be allowed immediate eligibility at Arizona. Stay tuned on that front. The sophomore lineman had been working as a backup center during spring practice in College Station. While this might not be an earth-shaking transfer, Arizona is very thin on the offensive line -- it might be their thinnest position group -- and every little bit helps, though obviously the immediate impact of the transfer will depend on whether the NCAA allows Congel to suit up with his new squad this autumn.
Source: 247Sports
May 30 - 12:51 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 QB Grant Gunnell said that the three favorites for his pledge are Arizona, Ohio State and Cal.

We already knew that Rivals' No. 70 overall prospect in the class was keen on Arizona and Ohio State, but Cal's something of a fresh face. The 6-foot-6, 207-pound Gunnell visited the program in April and told Rivals that he's intrigued by their recent quarterbacking pedigree with Davis Webb and Jared Goff. Looks like Oklahoma State -- who had been considered a player for his signature -- might be taking a step back in this equation. We're most interested in his potentially landing with Arizona, as one of the key questions with the hire of HC Kevin Sumlin is just how much he can boost the Wildcats' recruiting profile. Rich Rodriguez's final recruiting class down in the desert finished at a limp No. 53 on the Rivals team rankings board.
Source: Rivals
May 29 - 2:18 PM

Rivals analyst Nick Krueger passes along that Arizona has made "the late charge in [uncommitted four-star 2019 QB Grant Gunnell's] recruitment."

Both Krueger and outlet recruiting director Mike Farrell view the Wildcats as a legitimate player to pick up Gunnell's pledge even in the face of heavy-hitter Ohio State and perpetual Big 12 contender Oklahoma State. Farrell writes that the 6-foot-6, 207-pound signal-caller is "a guy who fits what [Arizona HC Kevin] Sumlin wants to do offensively and he has a good relationship with the coaching staff, there so there’s a comfort level." Gunnell -- a former Texas A&M pledge -- ranks as Rivals' No. 70 overall prospect in the 2019 class. Given his previous connection to Sumlin when the coach was in College Station, his would be a nice commitment to help push Arizona on their way as they attempt to gain traction on the recruiting front in Sumlin's first year at the helm of the ship.
Source: Rivals
May 24 - 11:53 AM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 QB Grant Gunnell has taken official visits to Ohio State and Arizona over the past few weeks.

Gunnell (6'6/207) plans on making his commitment later this summer, around the time of the Elite 11 Finals. In addition to the Buckeyes and Wildcats, the Houston native is considering Cal, Oklahoma State and LSU. We like where his head's at, as he's interested in programs that do not have a starter locked in for the 2019 season as of yet. Gunnell's game is predicated on pinpoint accuracy more than a bazooka of an arm. We do believe he'll be able to up the arm strength by degrees once he hits the collegiate ranks. Rivals ranks the signal-caller as the No. 70 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
May 10 - 1:31 PM

Titans selected Arizona S Dane Cruikshank with the No. 152 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Cruikshank (6’1/209) turned pro as a redshirt sophomore after starting at cornerback as a freshman and "spur" safety last year, tallying seven career tackles for loss and five interceptions. NFL scouts placed Cruikshank back at corner during January’s East-West Shrine. Cruikshank generated attention at the Combine with 89th-percentile SPARQ results, including 4.41 speed and a twitchy 6.89 three-cone time. A traits-based project, Cruikshank looks like an early-career special teamer with long-term upside for more.
Apr 28 - 2:46 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports DB Dane Cruikshank is "getting a lot of love."

Cruikshank (6'1/206) has reportedly worked out for several teams so far including the Houston Texans and has "four official pre-draft visits on his schedule." NFL.com's Lance Zierlein said Cruikshank is a "Height, weight, speed prospect who has a chance to be drafted off his measurables and Combine testing alone. Cruikshank does have talent and is a hungry hitter, but he may lack the consistency in coverage to hold up as a full-time safety or cornerback." Zierlein originally had him as a late-round pick, but after passing the draft process with flying colors NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler believes he could earn top-100 grades from some teams.
Apr 2 - 9:23 PM

Rivals analysts Nick Kruger and Chad Simmons predict that uncommitted four-star 2019 QB Grant Gunnell will commit to Oregon.

Gunnell (6'6/207) recently made an unofficial visit to Oregon, helping to solidify the Ducks as a true contender for his pledge. Ohio State and LSU are also both programs to watch in this race. The Houston native could make his commitment in the relatively near future. He's an accurate quarterback, though not one with a developed howitzer of an arm. Rivals ranks him as the No. 70 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
Mar 24 - 2:23 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Cincinnati Bengals DC Teryl Austin put Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank "through a grueling set of position drills" during the school pro day on Monday.

No problem for Cruikshank, with Pauline hearing that he "looked terrific" going through Austin's gauntlet. The analyst additionally relays that the Bengals met with the 6-foot-1, 206-pounder at length after his workout. While there's some debate whether Cruikshank will ultimately work as a corner or safety at the professional level, he's been on the rise throughout the evaluating season regardless. NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler floated the belief earlier this month that the Arizona defender has likely done enough to earn top-100 grades from some teams. He tested in the 89th percentile of NFL athletes at the combine.
Mar 13 - 12:58 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler believes that Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank "[w]ill earn top-100 grades from some teams."

Cruikshank (6'1/206) showed off at the combine on Monday, posting sharp times in the 40-yard dash and three-cone drill at 4.41 seconds and 6.89 seconds, respectively. The three-cone might be the most important combine drill in terms of athletic projection. On Three Sigma Athlete, Cruikshank's listed as posting an NFL composite athletic score in the 89th percentile, the fourth best mark among cornerbacks in Indianapolis. Beyond the raw athleticism, Brugler is a fan of Cruikshank's physical style of play.
Mar 6 - 2:44 PM

Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passed along in mid-February that Cruikshank was expected to run the 40 in the 4.3's at the combine. While the 6-foot-1, 206-pounder couldn't quite get there, his was a blazing fast run nonetheless. He additionally showed off with 25 reps in the bench press over the weekend. Don't be surprised if Cruikshank begins to creep into the early Day 3/late Day 2 conversation.
Mar 5 - 3:24 PM

Bleacher Report's Brad Shepard lists Arizona as one of the 10 schools that are "guaranteed" to win more games in 2018.

Arizona won seven games last year, but Shepard projects the Wildcats to get to the nine-win mark in 2018. They don't play Washington next year -- the prohibitive favorite to win the Pac-12 at this moment -- and their non-conference schedule includes bouts with BYU, Southern Utah and Houston. Not exactly murderer's row. "New head coach Kevin Sumlin gets USC, Oregon, California and rival Arizona State at home, so that could pay big dividends in a year where things set up nicely for the Wildcats to contend for the South Division title," writes Shepard. "Their win total could be boosted even more by postseason games."
Feb 23 - 7:36 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank is expected to run a 40 in the 4.3s at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Cruikshank played mostly at safety for the Wildcats in 2017, but has played corner, and the defensive back looked solid there at the East-West Shrine Game. "I’m told there’s a chance that Cruikshank, who measured 6-foot-1 and 204 pounds at the Shrine Game, could run in the 4.3s," Pauline writes. "If he does, expect him to jump into the early part of Round 4." This is definitely a player to keep an eye on at the combine; especially when you consider his versatility.
Feb 18 - 12:31 PM


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