Recruiting Reset: Running back

Arizona is looking to land at least one more running back. Read on for a closer look at the top targets and where the Wildcats stand with each.

Arizona has a commitment from Halimon, who can actually play multiple positions. Even though Halimon was not highly recruited, Arizona moved on him quickly with the belief that he was a player who was going to see his stock rise in the summer. The coaching staff is extremely high on Halimon and believes he has the talent to contribute at some level right away.

Rich Rodriguez has taken a special interest in Taylor, which means he is one of Arizona’s top priorities regardless of position. Taylor is a perfect fit for the offense in that he is not very big, but fast and agile enough to succeed in the type of stuff Arizona runs. If Taylor was bigger, he would have a lot more offers. Instead, he is probably a bit under recruited and Arizona does not have an issue with that. Washington State is likely the main competition for Taylor, but it is will be interesting to see what happens if he visits again this summer.

Arizona fans automatically assumed there was some type of connection when the Wildcats offered a player from Philadelphia, but that isn’t the case here. He is a player Arizona evaluated and likes and since the coaching staff has had success in that area before, it makes sense to kick the tires a bit. Last time we talked to Raynor he indicated that he would like to visit Arizona at some point. It won’t be easy to land him, but getting Raynor on campus would obviously help in the recruitment.

Clark may be a Cal commit, but he is open to Arizona recruiting him and the coaching staff is doing just that. The Wildcats have had success recruiting San Diego in the past and if Arizona can get him on campus all bets are off. He still speaks highly of Cal and it will not be easy, but there will at least be an effort here.

You may be surprised to see Speights still on this list, but Arizona has not given up and he has given indications that he doesn’t want it to. Calvin Magee met with Speights recently and the meeting went very well. This isn’t a situation where Speights opened things up because he has no intentions of going to Arizona, but rather because he wanted to look at other schools. Having a player decommit and then end up at the same school is rare, but at least Speights is currently open to it.


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