Sumlin, Arizona Land Decorated QB Commit

At previous head coaching stints at the University of Houston and Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin never had a problem attracting marquee quarterbacks to his program. The trend seems to be continuing in Tucson.

Wednesday afternoon four-star recruit Grant Gunnell announced his verbal commitment to the University of Arizona.

There has been a connection between Gunnell, Sumlin and Arizona offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone for quite some time. The pro-style quarterback was committed to Texas A&M before Sumlin was fired. 

Once Sumlin arrived in Tucson and assembled his staff, they again began pursuing the 6-foot-6, 222-pound gunslinger from Houston.

Last season for St. Pius X High School, Gunnell completed 361-507 passes for 4,936 yards. He also accumulated a jaw-dropping 61-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio and added another 390 yards and eight scores on the ground.

The Texas native becomes the fourth player to commit to the Wildcats from the 2019 class. 


A Valley native, Eric has had a passion for the Arizona sports scene since an early age. He has covered some of the biggest events including Super Bowls, national championships and the NBA and MLB playoffs in his near 20 years in local media.