Wildcats lead for Arizona athlete

Arizona recently offered one of Arizona's top athletes and now may be in the driver's seat. Read on for more details.

Arizona football held its Elite Camp as well as its Skills Camp this past weekend and had a number of the state's top talent in attendance. One of those players was Gilbert Mesquite High School running back Anthony Lopez, who was very pleased with his performance in Tucson.

"I was at the Skills Camp on Sunday and it went well," Lopez said. "I felt like I was the best running back there in my group. I feel like I performed well on Sunday."

While in Tucson, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound prospect had a chance to take in all that UA has to offer, and was very impressed with what he saw and how his visit went.

"I really love the campus," Lopez said. "The coaches really want me to go there and I'm thinking about going there as of right now.

"My favorite part was all of the recognition that I got when I got there. Coach (Tim) Kish introduced me to coach (Seth) Littrell, coach (Garret) Chachere, and coach (Mike) Stoops and it was a great honor to meet all of them."

Lopez's visit to Arizona was just the first of a series of visit that he has lined up for the coming weeks.

"I'm heading up to NAU next Thursday," Lopez said. "A week from today I'm going to ASU. Then I'm flying out on the 13th to Boise State until the 15th. Then the next day I'm flying out to Oregon State and the camp at OSU."

Arizona is not the only school in pursuit of Lopez though, as he holds a handful of offers from other schools and is close to adding a few more. Having said that, UA remains at the top of his list.

"I have offers right now from Montana, Colorado, UA, Idaho, Air Force, and Army," Lopez said. "I think Oregon State is close to offering and also I talk to Boise State every once in awhile. I also think Southern Illinois might offer as well. Arizona is recruiting me the hardest, along with Oregon State. I have contact with them every week.

"Right now my favorite is UA because they've offered me. If Oregon State and Boise State end up offering, it will be a toss up between those three."

Defensive coordinator Tim Kish is the lead recruiter for Lopez, and by all accounts is doing a solid job of establishing a relationship with the senior-to-be.

"Coach Kish is recruiting me right now," Lopez said. "We talked a little bit at their camp last summer and he was the coach that offered me. We talked a lot on Sunday and he's a great coach and a great guy. He's very energetic and he's a great coach."

With several visits on tap, Lopez will be evaluating the schools that he sees not only based upon a few specific criteria, but also on how they compare to UA.

"Obviously how good of a football team they are is important," Lopez said. "I'm kind of concerned about location, but not that much. Academics are also huge and what I could do for a future job."

Despite favoring Arizona at this stage in his recruitment, Lopez admits that a final decision on his school will not come for some time.

"I'm going to make a commitment either at the beginning of the season or the end of the season next year," Lopez said. "I don't know when I'm going to commit yet. I don't really have a time table."

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