Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats added former 3-star SDSU QB Matt Morin as a junior college transfer at the early signing deadline. While Morin was a QB at San Diego State, he transferred to Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, California after redshirting in his first year as an Aztec. Morin also switched from being a QB to a WR and caught 8 passes for 158 yards and 2 TDs.
A year later, Morin transferred again, this time to Riverside City College in California. And again, Morin switched positions from WR to TE. In his only year at RCC, Morin caught 21 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown.
Coming out of high school, Morin was listed at 6'2" 210 lbs, but has added a considerable amount of much-needed bulk since and is now listed at 6'3" 245 lbs.
While tight ends don't have a traditional role in Rich Rod's spread offense, Morin played in a spread offense at both SCC and RCC and his experience as a slot receiver should translate nicely to Arizona's offense. You can check out his highlights below:
2013 highlights as a WR at Saddleback Community College:
2014 highlights as a TE at Riverside City College:
The Cats didn't really have/use a player like Morin in this past season, so it's hard to really predict what his role will be in 2015. My guess is that Morin will have a role similar to what Terrence Miller had two years ago. Miller was essentially a tight end playing receiver, but was often able to create mismatches as he was too big for smaller corners to cover him, but also too quick for most linebackers. Miller caught 40 passes for 467 yards and a touchdown in 2013.
Also, because Morin is a former QB, it wouldn't be surprising to see Rich Rod use him in trick plays or in an unconventional package with Morin's passing skills being put into play. Morin will have two years of eligibility at Arizona.