The Arizona Wildcats needed some good news on the recruiting trail and got some this week. Arizona received a commitment from Colin Schooler, who was recently named Orange County defensive player of the year.
Teams were constantly game planning around him, but he still ended up with 77 tackles. Schooler didn’t leave the field much as he was quite the offensive player as well for Mission Viejo. He averaged a whopping 11.5 yards per carry, racking up 1,161 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground to go with 21 receptions for 464 yards and six touchdowns in the air.
Some of you may know his brother Brenden Schooler. He started ten games for the Oregon Ducks and had a big year for a true freshman, but he was a late addition and didn’t get offered until June, four months after National Signing Day.
Watching his brother go through the recruiting process and not get an offer until that late may have rattled some kids, but Colin wasn’t fazed.
When asked if he was worried if he would ever have a BCS school offer he said, “Not worried, I was going some place for school, just didn’t know where.”
Schooler is coming in as a part of a pretty big linebacker class for the Wildcats. Kylan Wilborn, Tony Fields, Jose Ramirez, Joshua Brown, and Jalen Harris are all currently committed.
But Schooler is ready to help out in any way possible.
“I can play either inside or outside, so wherever they need me,” he explained. “I just want to help the team, so I will play wherever they tell me to.”
No matter what position Colin ends up playing at Arizona, the Wildcats got a steal and he might be able to come in right away to help out a depleted linebacker corps.
Austin Faoliu was named first team All-County defense as well. Arizona got a commitment from him back in September. Faoliu was once an offensive line prospect, but after a big year on defense, he is looking to provide an immediate impact for the Wildcats.
Coming out of powerhouse Mater Dei, Faoliu’s coach had some kind words to say about him.
“He’s one of the best nose tackles we’ve had in my 28 years as head coach at Mater Dei,” Monarchs coach Bruce Rollinson said. “He was a dominating force week in and week out.”
Mater Dei has a constant stream of talent coming in and out of the program and is a powerhouse in California. So being called one of the best nose tackles in the last 28 years is definitely saying something.