“You’ve got to remember that my first year I was dealing with a broken collarbone,” Cruickshank said.
“That is the kind of injury that you can’t really rush back from and it hurts your ability to do a lot of things. It’s the kind of injury that can reoccur if not rehabilitated right.”
Cruikshank worked diligently at his recovery and is now stronger than ever.
“I’m playing at the highest level I’ve ever played," he said. "I’m the strongest and I’m playing with the best instincts.
"Being away from football was something that made my drive even more focused. Football is something I love and I want to play for as long as I possibly can.”
The Arizona coaches seem to agree.
“They want me to play right away," Cruikshank said. "They aren’t recruiting anybody who can’t come and play. They lose guys in the defensive backfield as well.”
In a little over a month, Cruikshank will be on campus and rooming with one of the team’s best football players.
“I get to Arizona June 14, so I’ll be able to go through summer school," he said. "I’m also going to be rooming with Samajie Grant. He’s a great receiver that understands what needs to be done out there.
“I’m going to pick everyone’s brain. Basically, anything I can do to get on the field early and help out my team is what I will do.”