Green can't wait to be a Wildcat

Arizona commit Zachary Green talks about his commitment to the Wildcats, his plans for the future and which Arizona game stood out to him most this season. Read on for the full story.

Early in the summer, the Arizona Wildcats picked up a commit from Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure running back Zachary Green. Since that point, Green has only become more attached to Arizona.

Green, a 5-foot-10, 220-pound power running back, will sign with the Wildcats in February. Until then he has to wait, but his anticipation continues to steadily grow.

"Everything is going great," Green said. "I have been talking with Coach (Rich) Rodriguez and Coach (Robert) Anae a lot. After the Nevada game and with what their running back did this year, I am so excited to go there."

Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey is currently the nation's leading rusher and has hopes of retaining the title throughout bowl season. After seeing his performance throughout the season, Green feels that he made the right decision.

"It feels great to know that I committed early before the season," he said. "When I committed, a lot of people were asking me what I was doing. Only I knew what I was doing.

"I felt at home there and the coaches felt like family. They told me that I would be a big part of their plans."

The running back will be heading into fall camp expecting to compete for playing time. With the recent departure of backup running back Daniel Jenkins via transfer, the second string spot will be up for grabs in camp. However, Green doesn't want to shoot for just second string.

"Now that Jenkins left there's another open spot for me," Green said. "We've talked a lot about where I fit in with the system and they think I can fit anywhere.

"The coaches have been telling me that I shouldn't be going in with the mindset that I'm going to redshirt just because the leading rusher in the nation is there. I'm going there to win that starting position and I'm not going to give it up."

Working hard to earn a spot in the rotation is the thing that the high school senior is looking forward to most at his next stop.

"I just can't wait to get there and start working hard and earn my spot," Green said. "That first game in front of all those fans is what I've dreamed about my whole life and from now on, I just have to keep working hard."

Green has been keeping track of his future team throughout the season. Most recently, he watched the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, in which Arizona came away with the win after a furious comeback in the final moments of the game.

"The Nevada game was crazy, especially the last ninety seconds when we scored two touchdowns," Green said. "It was unlike anything I had ever seen before. It just got me more excited to get in there and work with the hurry up offense."

Green was in Tucson for the upset victory over USC earlier in the year on an unofficial visit. He was joined by numerous fellow recruits and commits and it is one of the reasons that he thought that game stood out the most to him over the course of the season.

"The game that stands out the most to me is definitely the win against USC, "Green said. "I was there with some other commits from California. We were in the Zona Zoo section and it was crazy. The feelings we had because we were all guys from California and USC didn't recruit us, didn't even look at us, made us even hungrier to want to get on the field.

"Arizona took a chance with us and cashed out big this year with the win and what we've all done with our own schools. We showed up this year."

Green will take his official visit to Arizona on January 11.

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