Last Thursday, Youngstown State hosted a multi-team high school 7on7 event, and one of the more talented squads was Monroeville (PA) Gateway.
Senior quarterback Tommy Woodson (6-foot, 200-pounds) threw the football exceptionally well, showing why Arizona accepted his commitment last month.
"Arizona's coaches have been recruiting me since I was a sophomore in high school, and we know each other very well," Woodson stated. "Arizona was my first offer, and they run the same offense we run at Gateway, so it's the same system for me."
"I've known Coach (Rich) Rodriguez for a while now, and I love his approach to football," he added. "He's a man that loves to compete, and that's how I am. The distance from home doesn't bother me a bit, and I'm ready to get away from home. I'm looking forward to playing in an up-tempo program."
Woodson has studied the Arizona depth chart, and realizes there is a great opportunity for him with the Wildcat program.
"I will possibly redshirt the first season, but things look good for me after that," he explained. "I will do whatever the coaches want from me, but I wouldn't mind the extra year at all. I'm a dual-threat quarterback, but throwing the football is my strength."
Gateway plays a high level of competition, giving Woodson a chance to be more college-ready than some high school quarterbacks. He has the arm strength and accuracy to compete at the next level.