Hamilton class of 2022 offensive lineman Grayson Stovall announced on Friday he has committed to the University of Arizona, becoming the first public in-state prep commit of the Jedd Fisch era.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound interior lineman said his final four was the Wildcats, Arizona State, Michigan State and Indiana. He chose Arizona because of the coaching staff’s energy and the school’s prominent aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering programs.
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“They have the academic program he wanted, and that shows you how intelligent he is,” Hamilton head coach Mike Zdebski said. “He’s picking the school for the academic program that can provide him. He’s thinking this (decision) educationally-based as well.”
Stovall and his parents went on a self-guided tour of Tucson and the Arizona campus last Saturday. The offensive lineman said it was odd not interacting with any of the football coaches, but he felt a connection to the program.
“In-person connection is definitely very powerful when trying to decide your future,” Stovall said. “I think from the moment we got to the football facilities and I was able to walk on the field…I envisioned myself there and I think it clicked then.”
From Colorado to Chandler
Stovall wasted no time making an impact on the Hamilton offensive line after transferring from Colorado. Quarterback Nicco Marchiol had transferred to the Husky program from Regis Jesuit in Aurora just before the pandemic. Four more players – including Stovall – followed suit when it was uncertain if Colorado would have a high school football season in the fall of 2020.
“Once he was able to put the communication piece down, he was able to play fast and athletically,” Zdebski said. “He’s a kid that can move. His leadership is wonderful. He always wants to learn, so he’s a really good listener. He’s really become more vocal now that he’s more comfortable with the kids.”
Grayson Stovall Becomes a Recruiter
The Arizona fooball staff has canvassed the state with offers since taking over last month. In addition to Stovall, the Wildcats offered 2023 defensive back Cole Martin and 2022 defensive end Russell Davis in recent weeks. Stovall plans to be in his teammates’ ear about making a pipeline to Tucson. The Wildcats impressed Coach Zdebski early on by prioritizing the state in their recruiting.
“I think Jedd Fisch is phenomenal with how they’re attacking Arizona,” Zdebski said. “They are pushing the pace with the recruiting process and you’re going to see the success they will (have). I’m very impressed with them.”
Grayson Stovall breaks down his decision, falling in love with the state and being the first in-state prep recruit for Jedd Fisch on a special edition of the Recruiting Roundup.