I like quarterbacks who are the second quarterback commitment for a team in a recruiting class. It shows they embrace competition.
There is going to be a heck of a quarterback competition down the line at Arizona after Anu Solomon leaves and players like Khalil Tate and Devon Modster battle to be the starter. Rich Rod is getting another very good quarterback to work with after Modster committed to the Wildcats today.
Modster is a good athlete with better lateral movement than you’d expect for someone his size. His size is an obvious asset. He isn’t the tallest guy and may not actually be 6’2″, but he has the body to play college football this season. He is built up well at this time in his development.
The one thing I really like about Modster is the consistency. He looks the same just about every time he delivers the football from his throwing motion to his footwork. It’s only when he is rushing after executing a play-action fake when that gets tweaked a bit from the pocket. That type of consistency is a rare for a lot of kids at his age.
He shows good arm strength, but unfortunately didn’t get to showcase it down field too often. He was asked to make a ton of easy throws, mostly quick slants. He looked great throwing them in terms of arm strength and accuracy and did a solid job of ball placement in order for his receivers to make plays after the catch. Obviously I would have liked to see him make some more difficult throws, but I did see flashes when he was asked to challenge himself a bit more and I liked seeing the arch and touch on his deep ball.
He displays mobility and feel to escape the rush and his size and strength make him a not easy player to bring down. I do think he is so used to throwing to his first read and getting the ball out quickly that he needs to learn to be more patient and hang in the pocket a bit longer. His instinct is to get out of the pocket and look for another option or run with the ball rather than find another open guy. That’s something he should hopefully get a better feel for with more experience.
He is a threat as a runner that does a nice job of running the zone read and executing the pop pass, which Rich Rod has learned to utilize in his offense. He’s likely not going to make defenders miss in the open field, but has enough speed and power to break arm tackles and do some damage with his legs.
Modster may be labeled as pro-style quarterback, but he runs a spread scheme in high school with similar concepts to what Rich Rod does at Arizona. He’s a definite fit in the Wildcats offense.
Modster is a lot more advanced as a thrower than Tate is, but isn’t quite the same weapon as Tate as a runner. What may give Modster an advantage in a future quarterback competition is his consistency as a thrower and that’s something Tate has yet to develop. It’s going to be a fun battle to watch later on, but Modster has the tools to develop into a very good player in Arizona’s offense.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).