Recruiting Reset: Running backs

Arizona has offered numerous running backs. Read on for a closer look at those offers and where the Wildcats stand with each.

Joe Mixon: There might not be a prospect in the country with more offers than Mixon. He is basically going to have his choice of schools, which makes it extremely difficult for Arizona. At this point, we would consider the Wildcats to be longshots.

Nathan Starks: Starks has a top five and although Arizona is not in it, the Wildcats are slated to get a visit this summer. The visit will go a long way in determining if Arizona can get more involved, but it will still be difficult for Arizona to compete with Starks' top five.

Myles Autry: Autry was offered this week and it is a bit too early in the recruitment to say where Arizona stands. It will likely be difficult to get him out of SEC country or just the south in general, but Arizona has a decent presence in Georgia. We will know more about this recruitment likely in a few weeks once Arizona has picked things up and worked with the offer.

Demario Richard: Richard recently picked up an offer from Oregon and UCLA is making a strong push as well. We don't see him leaving the Pac-12 at this point, but that does not necessarily make things easier. The majority of the conference wants him and we should know more about the recruitment once Richard visits Oregon, which will be in June.

Royce Freeman: Freeman is another back with a ton of offers, as Nebraska and UCLA recently threw their hat into the mix. Freeman is taking an open-minded approach to recruiting, so it is difficult to say whether or not a school has an advantage at this point. We do know that Freeman was impressed with Arizona when the offer came, but there has been a lot more offers since then. The coaching staff will certainly try to get Freeman on campus, but there are no specific plans for that to happen just yet.

J.T. Gray: Gray was recently on campus for the spring scrimmage and although we have not caught up with him for a full conversation yet, initial reaction from him is that the visit went well. Gray is actually not originally from Arizona, so he has no problem leaving the state. It will be interesting if he wants to return to his original home in Mississippi, stay in state, or head elsewhere. Arizona has a decent chance here and would like to get him on campus again.

Stanley Williams: Williams has been a Georgia commitment, but he has now opened that up and looking at all of his options. Arizona is one of those options but, like any visitor, the coaching staff has to get him on campus in order to have a chance. Williams recently picked up a Wisconsin offer and numerous local schools are looking at him as well. He wants to go through the process, which is a good sign for Arizona.

Caleb Kinlaw: Kinlaw wants to visit each of the schools that have offered him and Arizona has started to aggressively recruit him. At this point, Tennessee is his leader, but Kinlaw says that he does not want to make a decision any time soon. He does admit that he is leaning towards staying closer to home, which would hurt Arizona. However, Kinlaw is not completely sold on that matter and Arizona is working to get him on campus.

Josh Brown: Arizona is among the leaders for Brown, as the Wildcats are one of his biggest offers, if not the biggest. He is getting plenty of attention from other schools and there is a possibility that the offers will come, but as of now Arizona is in good shape. Brown has said that he wants to look into Arizona more, but the coaching staff has to like the position it is in as of now.

Joe Brown: Brown is another back that has Arizona as his biggest offer. He recently took in the spring games at Louisville and Kentucky and could be leaning towards staying in-state if he is able to pick up an offer from one of those schools. However, until that happens, Arizona has to be considered the leader.

Keith Harrington: Harrington has an offer from both Arizona and Indiana, but currently has not gone on record with a favorite. He wants to take his official visits and Arizona is slated for one due in large part to his relationship with Rod Smith. Harrington is high on Arizona's offense and has developed a strong relationship with Smith, so he is a player to keep a close eye on.


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