Rhett Rodriguez breaks down his Tucson (Ariz.) Catalina Foothills game film with his father, University of Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez.
In a couple of years, they’ll be breaking down Arizona football film together when Rhett is part of the Wildcats.
The junior quarterback has committed to playing for the Wildcats.
He will become the first four-year starting quarterback under Jeff Scurran at Catalina Foothills next season.
“Rhett is a straight-A student and true team leader,” Scurran wrote on his Facebook page. “Even though his father, RichRod is the UA head coach, this is still an amazing story. Rhett has thrown 37 TDs with only 5 interceptions and nearly 5,000 yards, and his senior season is still coming. This is a great family and I’m very pleased that things have worked out this way. Rhett has always wanted to play for his father.”
Rodriguez, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, passed for 2,503 yards and 20 touchdowns with only two interceptions last season when the Falcons went 9-3, losing to Paradise Valley in the Division III quarterfinals. He also ran for 624 yards and 14 TDs.
He is the first in-state commit in the Class of 2017 for Arizona.
“There is no other coaching staff I would rather play for. Dreams do come true,” Rodriguez said.
Scurran said that college coaches have asked him if Rodriguez was going to offer his son a scholarship.
“They said they didn’t want to interfere if he was,” Scurran said. “It’s a tight fraternity. Every single coach who came through asked.”
Rhett will fit in well in his father’s system, Scurran believes.
“He can play anywhere,” Scurran said. “Everyone wants Rhett, who sees his play.”