Glendora (Calif.) Citrus Community College cornerback Dane Cruikshank battled an injury last season, and, despite being an observer at games, his talent still caught the eyes of the Arizona coaching staff.
Before long, he was committed and training to get back on the field.
“The main thing that has been going on with me is I’ve been working on my conditioning,” Cruikshank said. “When you miss the time that I did last season, that is usually one of the last things to come back.
“I’m feeling good with where I am at right now. We just completed our scrimmage and we have our first game next week. I’m just anxious to get back out there.”
He’s also going to be closely following his future team’s season.
“Oh man, they looked really good," Cruikshank said. "It was way exciting. The offense started out a little slow, but once they settled down they were unstoppable. They are going to score a lot of points.”
Cruikshank was even more impressed by the defense.
“Obviously I was watching them pretty closely and it looked like they were in mid-season form already," he said. "They seem to really be operating on the same page and you can tell when that happens they are going to be very tough to beat.”
Watching UA’s victory only reinforced Cruikshank’s notion that he made the right collegiate decision.
“They’re on to big things there," Cruikshank said. "Coach Rich Rod is really putting Arizona on the map and being able to go in there and compete for coaches like that and players like that will be a ton of fun.
“I’m totally focused on this season, but honestly, it’s going to be kind of hard because I just can’t wait to get there and play some big time college football."