Arizona signed one of the best freshmen classes in the country during the 2022 cycle. And a handful of those freshmen are expected to be leaned on immediately in their Wildcat careers.

So it should come as no surprise to see a handful of first-year Arizona players on 247Sports’ Preseason Freshman All-American team. Both wideout Tetairoa McMillan and offensive lineman Jonah Savaiinaea landed on the offense. Here’s what 247’s Chris Hummer had to say on each:

(On McMillan) “Tetairoa McMillan looks to be a budding superstar. The top-ranked signee in Wildcats history, McMillan enrolled early and was instantly the most talented receiver in what is a deep room. McMillan is going to start and will be a favored target for new Wildcats QB Jayden de Laura. He’s already a face of the program, too. Arizona made McMillan available to the media right away during fall camp. That’s a rare thing for a true freshman.”

(On Savaiinaea) “Two Wildcats make our True Freshman offensive team, which speaks to the excitement Jedd Fisch has generated in Tucson. Arizona put together one of the top classes in program history, and it needs those players to play right away. Before the Wildcats even began spring ball, Fisch told 247Sports he was super excited about Savailnaea. The Hawaii native made that strong of an impression during offseason workouts. 

This particular pairing does well to highlight the work coach Jedd Fisch and his staff did on the trail over the most recent cycle to not only reel in sought-after blue-chip talent, but also plug holes with players who maybe weren’t the highest-rated, but fit exactly what the Wildcats were looking for.

McMillan was awfully close to earning 5-star status in the 247 Composite. He ranked as the 51st overall prospect in the 2022 class and the fifth-best wideout. He’s expected to pair with UTEP transfer Jacob Cowing to form a top-notch one-two punch at wideout.

Savaiinaea, on the other hand, was a 3-star prospect from Hawaii who enrolled early and took advantage of the spring period to put himself in a position to start right away.

The Wildcats also have a number of other first-year players who should see immediate playing time — guys like Jonah Coleman and Rayshon Luke in the backfield and Keyan Burnett at tight end.