Marcus McMaryion was surprised by his offer from Arizona but it's a big one for the Dinuba, Calif., quarterback and it's under serious consideration.
The next step for the 6-foot-1, 178-pound three-star prospect who looked good at the Rivals Camp in Los Angeles is to take an unofficial visit to Tucson to see if it could be the right place.
Since McMaryion plans to enroll early in college, his timetable has moved up but he still doesn't want to be rushed into a decision.
"Arizona stopped by during football season," McMaryion said. "They popped in out of nowhere mid-season and they talked to the coaching staff about me. After that I didn't really hear from them until early January.
"Coach (Rich) Rodriguez messaged me on Facebook. He gave me his number and I gave him a call, and he said the coaching staff loved my film and they really liked what they saw and all that stuff. They wanted to give me a verbal offer and they'll send me the official letter when the time comes."
The Dinuba quarterback has done some research on the Arizona program and especially likes the pass-happy offense. It could be a good fit but McMaryion wants to check everything out before making any commitment.
"They've rebuilt the program and I really like their offense because they throw the ball a lot," McMaryion said.
"I am looking forward to graduating early so I do have to make my decision pretty soon. As far as Arizona I want to get down to Arizona and check out everything to make sure I'm really comfortable there."
There is more Pac-12 interest coming in, too.
McMaryion, who threw for 3,477 yards with 43 touchdowns and three interceptions in his junior season, said he's been hearing from Colorado and Washington State more often.
"I've been talking to them quite a bit now," McMaryion said.