Cats add 2,000 yard runner

Arizona continues on their recruiting roll. They add yet another verbal commitment to an already impressive list of summer commitments. They also served notice in-state by landing the best running back in Arizona.

Peoria Centennial's Terry Longbons committed to the Wildcats Tuesday afternoon.

"Terry has committed to the U of A," indicated his father, Terry Sr.

Longbons is one of those rare backs who combines speed and power. He has linebacker size and tailback speed and will remind many Wildcat fans of Clarence Farmer, minus the personality conflicts with coaches.

Just a few days ago Longbons said he did not know when he planed on making a decision. He was aware that Xavier Smith was committing and that there was just one scholarship left for running backs, but he wasn't feeling pressure.

"It changes things a little bit," Longbons admitted on Sunday. "I know that I may need to hurry up if that is where I want to go."

Hurry up he did. Apparently Longbons' father indicated to the staff just the other day that Terry was leaning towards Arizona and then he decided to insure that scholarship when he called the coaches Tuesday.

Terry was also feeling the heat from one of his teammates. Offensive lineman Jordan Lowe committed to Arizona recently and began recruiting his friend.

"I'm trying to get Terry down there," Lowe said prior to the commitment. "He really likes the UofA, but still like ASU too. I'm trying to talk him into it." Apparently Lowe is a good salesman.

Longbons' sister will be a student at the UofA and his father seemed to back the idea of him becoming a Wildcat. Despite the family influence, it was the feeling of his new family that was important.

"One of the most important things is just feeling comfortable around the players and coaches," Longbons said. "Really get along with everybody." Last season Terry ran for 2,053 yards while averaging nine yards per carry and scored 28 touchdowns. He needs 2500 yards to become the state's leading rusher of all-time.

Check out Longbons's video highlights.

Video 1 – #43 Terry Longbons (RB)

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