Lopez makes it official

Gilbert (Ariz.) Mesquite running back Anthony Lopez knew where he wanted to go to school as he entered his official visit to Arizona. It didn't take him long to make it official. Read on to see why he chose Arizona, what other offers he had, and more.

In a conversation earlier this week with Gilbert Mesquite High School running back Anthony Lopez, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior indicated that his recruitment might be drawing to a close.

On Saturday, it did.

"Things between Arizona and I have been really picking up lately," Lopez said. "I have had a lot of good conversations with coach (Tim) Kish, both about football and about life, and things are just going well with Arizona right now.

Lopez made the decision before the game and was noticeably excited, as he walked up to Kish and committed and then received a hug from Mike Stoops as he let him know about his decision.

Choosing Arizona over offers from Colorado, Air Force, Army, Idaho, and Montana, Lopez decided he liked what he had seen from UA and ended his recruitment as Arizona received its 16th verbal commitment in the class of 2012.

Even before his visit though, Lopez knew what it was about Arizona that made it his favorite and ultimately, his future home.

"I know Arizona is a program that gets kids to the next level," Lopez said. "Also, the coaching staff is great and we have a great relationship. I want to be an orthodontist, and their program is good for that as well."

Lopez joins Chandler High School's Zach Hemmila and Fairfax High School defensive end Dwight Melvin as he becomes the third player from the state of Arizona to give his commitment to the Wildcats.

Although Lopez had interest from out of state schools such as Oregon State and Boise State, and may have earned an offer from those schools had he decided to wait, the opportunity to continue playing football in the state of Arizona was just too much to pass up.

"Arizona is home for me," Lopez said. "By going to Arizona, I get to stay close to home and my friends and family can come and see me play. Also, I get to stay close to my mom, which is great."

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