With the commitment of 4-star quarterback Devon Modster on Wednesday, 2016 just got a lot more interesting. Next year, Anu Solomon will be a redshirt junior, joined by 15th-ranked dual-threat quarterback Khalil Tate and 10th-ranked pro-style quarterback Devon Modster. The quarterback competition will elevate to even higher levels in 2017 when Braxton Burmeister arrives on campus.
Anu Solomon looks to maintain his starting job at quarterback come kickoff on September 3rd. As a redshirt sophomore, Anu will have a year of experience under his belt with three more years of eligibility. Now, it's not crazy to think that Solomon can leave early for the NFL within the next two years, given a Heisman-worthy season, leading Arizona to another New Years' Six bowl game appearance.
Khalil Tate is still committed as a quarterback and made that clear to Bear Down Nation after Modster's commitment. He's a freak athlete and will thrive in Rich Rod's system. There's no doubt he can bring the best out of the quarterback group, but maybe sometime down the road, he makes the switch to wide receiver or cornerback. Although, if he really didn't think he could compete as a quarterback, he would have chosen to go to a Florida State or Texas A&M as an athlete.
In 2017, in comes Braxton Burmeister, currently ranked as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback and No. 202 overall in the nation. Since his commitment back on November 13th, he has received offers from Boston College and Illinois.
The 6-1, 190lb quarterback hails from La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla, CA) and looks to compete for a starting job when he arrives. Here are some of his high school highlights.
Braxton Burmeister might be the best quarterback of this group simply due to his age. He's already one of the most advanced quarterbacks in the nation and he's just a sophomore in high school. Of course, there's still a chance that he can decommit, as we saw this from Shea Patterson, the No. 17 recruit overall and No. 3 pro-style quarterback for 2016. But for now, Arizona's quarterback depth will be looking pretty good. Who knows, maybe in a few years we'll go Ohio State mode in the College Football Playoffs and win it all with a fourth string quarterback...