2 local prep football commits give UA six QBs for 2017

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The University of Arizona football program has scooped up a couple of in-state recruiting prizes for the Class of 2017.  Both were right there in their back yard in Tucson.

Their commitments to UofA football help confirm the program’s emphasis on keeping local talent at home.

That’s the good news.  The not-so-good news is that both of them play the same key position – which means, if no one changes their mind before graduation, head coach Rich Rodriguez should have six scholarship quarterbacks in the fold for the 2017 season.

But Drew Dixon didn’t let that deter him from verbally committing to the program three weeks ago – even knowing that one of those competing against him will be the coach’s son, Rhett Rodriguez.  After originally planning to wait until February to commit on National Signing Day, Dixon decided to pull the trigger early.

Rhett Rodriguez, who passed for 2,503 yards last season as a junior at Tucson’s Catalina Foothills High School, accepted a scholarship to his father’s program in mid-January to become just the second player to commit to the 2017 class. (Phxfan article 1/17/16)

The first one to step up early was Braxton Burmeister.  Yep, another QB.  Burmeister is a four-star signal caller from La Jolla, Calif.  He signed on knowing there were already four other quarterbacks on the roster who would likely still be there when he arrived: last season’s starter Anu Solomon, Brandon Dawkins, and Khalil Tate.

But since then, Arizona has added a couple of good quarterback who will have local sentiment working in their favor.  And both are among the more highly-recruited players in the state.

And that’s why the local buzz has centered around Dixon since his commitment.  The 6’4″ junior at Sabino High School finished the 2015 season with 1,146 passing yards and another 446 rushing.  He put up 17 touchdowns through the air and added 12 more on the ground in leading the Tucson school to an 8-2 record.

The recruiting site Scout.com rates Dixon as the No. 1 athlete in Arizona and No. 47 in the nation.

With his commitment, Arizona has filled 10 spots in the 2017 class.  Dixon and Rodriguez are the only locals so far in a class that has been ranked as high as No. 22 in the nation and No. 2 in the Pac-12 Conference.

Dixon probably doesn’t need to worry so much about the competition for the QB role.  Because of his size and athleticism, his high school coach feels he would be able to play receiver in college, and maybe even some defense.

That gives new meaning to the term “option quarterback.”