2016 Recruiting Analysis: Running back

Arizona already has a commitment from a running back and could get one more. Read on to see which running backs we feel will be the ideal fit and more.

When we take a look at the 2016 recruiting class, there are a handful of players that we see as good fits with Arizona. The following is a look at the running back position:

Need: Arizona took Orlando Bradford in the last class, but it is always going to take at least one running back in the class. With Jared Baker graduating and Nick Wilson entering his junior year once the 2016 class gets to campus, it makes sense that the coaching staff wants to add two running backs.

Nick Wilson is more of a power back and Orlando Bradford is somewhat of a combination. It is possible that Jonathan Haden will stay at running back and be the more speedy option but, if not, you can be assured that the coaching staff will look to add a speed back.

Ideal Situation:

Speights is one of the better running backs in the country and Arizona went for an early commitment for a reason. It won't be easy to hang on to him simply because there are so many big schools, but he fits Arizona's offense perfect. Speights has the ability to make defenders miss, but is also strong enough to run through them as well.

If Speights was on Arizona now, he would probably be the second back on the roster. It's not easy for a freshman to contribute right away, but Speights is basically the best back for Arizona's offense. If you were to make a list of the top five guys the coaching staff wanted in this class, Speights would still be on it.

First off, Turner is an athlete. He plays both football and baseball and is does so with success. Turner's energy and speed is never lacking and he has done well on the camp circuit, posting numerous sub 4.5 40-yard dashes.

Arizona does well with shorter, more compact backs and that is exactly what Turner is. Not only that, but Turner has shown success in the passing game and would seemingly have an easy transition into that role at Arizona.

There's a reason schools such as Florida State and Auburn brought him into camp as a sophomore and considering he has nearly 20 offers already, Arizona landing him would be a heck of a grab.


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