Top runner looking to stay in state

Arizona did not sign a running back last February, so the position will be vital for the 2005 class. The Wildcats will likely bring in at least two runners to add depth to the position. One of their top prospects lives just two hours up I-10.

Centennial High School's Terry Longbons is a specimen. The5-11, 215-pound running back looks more like a linebacker than a tailback. Rock solid, Longbons has a great combination of speed and power, that has a few people thinking of Clarence Farmer when he runs.

Longbons is getting a lot of interest, but two schools are at the forefront of his recruitment.

"Mainly the in state schools, Arizona State and Arizona," Longbons said of his favorites. "I'm still considering some out of state schools, but I am still leaning more towards staying in-state."

His sister will be a freshman at Arizona next fall, but his father wasn't sure whether that would help or hinder the recruitment.

He has taken unofficials to both ASU and UA and it almost sounds like exposure to both programs will be a major factor in his recruitment. He doesn't need a huge sell job, Longbons is looking for the right fit.

"One of the most important things is just feeling comfortable around the players and coaches," Longbons said. "Really get along with everybody."

The running back was impressive at both the ASU and Arizona one-day camps, and really turns heads with his speed and physique. He isn't the shiftiest runner, but with his power and burst he doesn't really need to juke people. He just wants to get past the line and hit the corner.

The camps were a good opportunity for Longbons to interact with the coaches in each program. He was very impressed with the day in Tucson.

"It was a great camp," Longbons said. "I got to learn a few good moves. I got to know coach (Casey) Dunn a lot more."

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