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Anu Solomon commits to Arizona as next big thing at QB

The Arizona Wildcats have been on a string of luck at the quarterback position of late.

Rich Rodriguez got his first big commitment in four-star quarterback Anu Solomon out of Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High School on Sunday, Ryan Finley of the Arizona Daily Star reports, and the get is historic on a few levels.

It's all a circle that begins and ends in Las Vegas.

Here's where it's at now.

Solomon is a big deal in the state of Nevada. Next year as a senior, he'll be entering his fourth year as a starter for the school that produced former Arizona running back Keola Antolin as well as this year's No. 1 basketball prospect, UCLA commit Shabazz Muhammad.

Solomon has thrown for 7,215 yards and 101 touchdowns in his three years thus far, and he's also accumulated 754 yards on the ground. The 6-foot-1, 205 pound field general will fit into Rich Rodriguez's system because of those numbers, but he's also a winner, amassing a 43-3 record at Bisop Gorman, Finley writes.

"Rich Rodriguez is a different guy. His competitiveness kind of shocked me, how he kept score with the offense and the defense. I liked it," Solomon told Finley. "I just thought of it like this: Where am I going to succeed in the future, and where will I be comfortable at? Arizona stood out the most out of those categories."

A quick look at his profile at the Las Vegas Sun and a 42-22 victory against Scottsdale Chaparral, one of Arizona's better programs, shows that the Wildcats might have had eyes on Solomon for a while -- Charlie Ragle, the UA assistant director of football operations was head man at Chaparral in that one -- and UA won the verbal commitment of the quarterback over UCLA, Utah, UNLV and ASU.

But the get is interesting on a bigger scale.

The Wildcats have had a string of interest from quarterbacks, something that appeared to be out of the ordinary before the huge commitment former offensive coordinator Mike Canales got from Willie Tuitama.

Of course, Tuitama eventually led Mike Stoops and a new spread offense of Sonny Dykes to a Las Vegas Bowl victory to break a 10-year bowl drought.

Since Tuitama broke a streak of sub-par quarterbacks with program-breaking numbers, there was suddenly an influx of interest in running the Wildcats' offense, something that couldn't be said during the Dick Tomey era for sure.

Senior quarterback Matt Scott was a big signing, and Rich Rodriguez will get one year for that decision to come full circle -- many of us think it just might.

Obviously, the Nick Foles transfer from Michigan State turned out pretty well for both parties too.

And even a player like Tom Savage, who came to Arizona after a pretty solid freshman campaign at Rutgers, could have turned out better if he hadn't left for personal reasons and perhaps an ill-fitting style in Rodriguez's system.

Point is, the Wildcats have changed their reputation.