The Sports Guys: Fixing Arizona and scouting QB recruit Grant Gunnell

Matt Moreno offers some comparisons to Gunnell

The Sports Guys -- that's me on the left, Steve Rivera in the middle and Matt Moreno of goazcats.com -- met this week to solve all of the Arizona Wildcats' football issues.

That took about 13 minutes, and then I asked Moreno about Arizona quarterback commit Grant Gunnell from St. Pius X in Houston. Moreno (as well as the Arizona Daily Star's Michael Lev) watched Gunnell on Friday night before the Wildcats' game against Houston the next morning.

He is rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com, which ranks him as the 14th-best pro-style quarterback prospect.

Gunnell, who is 6-foot-6, on Friday night led his team to a 65-21 win over La Marque, completing 19 of 33 passes for 388 yards and six touchdowns -- five in the first half. He also rushed for 47 yards. He has 802 passing yards and 11 touchdowns in two games.

Moreno's thoughts:

"Someone who is going to in the NFL I think, and it's based a lot on body type," he said. "I mean, you look at him and you look at him next to his coaches, you look at him next to other players in high school, he just doesn't look the same. He's towering above everybody else."

Arizona offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone has worked with that kind of quarterback in the past.

"He has the body type that Noel Mazzone really likes," Moreno said. "You can go back to different players. (Former UCLA quarterback) Josh Rosen is a taller guy. Brock Osweiler is a guy who's interesting; that's probably the closest comp to a guy like Grant Gunnell, and it's going to end up being an ASU guy."

Moreno previously saw Gunnell -- who originally committed to Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M -- at the Elite 11 camp this summer. Gunnell did not make the cut from 24 to the final 11.

"He's a lot better in a football setting, in pads, in a game," Moreno said. "And he's throwing to a bunch of really good receivers who are going to be playing on Saturdays and some are going to be playing on Sundays eventually."

Well, if Gunnell is a "gamer," then the best comp might be to another tall quarterback, this one who happened to be an Arizona Wildcat who played high school ball in Austin, Texas.

"He has some Nick Foles to his personality," Moreno said. "Texas guy, nice kid, laid back, someone I think players like to gravitate toward and have a lot of respect for."

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