UA football: Local recruits hope to begin ‘snowball effect’

Treyson Bourguet wants to start a trend.  He hopes to encourage Arizona high school football players to stay at home to start their college careers.

More specifically, to follow him to Tucson, where he has committed to play for University of Arizona.

The junior quarterback at Tucson’s Salpointe Catholic High School committed to the Wildcat program last week, accepting a scholarship offer he had received before he even began his sophomore season.

In a recent article in The Arizona Republic, he explained his reasons for making his decision to play for the UofA.  It was really quite simple, he said, it was all about being able to remain close to family.   “To be able to play in my hometown in front of my family and friends is a dream come true,” he offered.

The 6’2″, 190-pound signal caller will have company as he attempts to build a strong 2022 recruiting class with other in-state athletes.

He’s off to a great start since the day before he committed to head coach Kevin Sumlin, the state’s top prospect at wide receiver announced his decision to play for the Wildcats.

Kyion Graves II, a 6’2″, 175-pound junior at Chandler High School, could turn out to be the other end of a dynamic passing/receiving duo in the years to come.  Rated by The Republic as the No. 1 wide receiver in the state in the Class of 2020, Graves gobbled up 883 yards on 48 catches last season as the Wolves posted an undefeated season and won the inaugural Open Division state title.

“I feel like we have now started what is soon to be a snowball effect and, hopefully, we can bring in the best 2022 kids in the state,” Bourguet added in his interview with Republic sportswriter Richard Obert.

The first two on board bring that kind of talent to the effort.  Bourguet had similar numbers to Graves, throwing for 805 yards, but he had fewer games than Graves to build his stat sheet since he had to sit out the first five games on the schedule after transferring in from Marana.

Both players have another two years to develop their game before reporting for duty with Coach Sumlin.

That assumes, of course, that Sumlin is still running the Cats’ program when they arrive.  After posting losing seasons in his only two years at Arizona, Sumlin’s job is on the line this season.

His new dynamic duo will be a welcome addition –if it’s not too late by that time.

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