Cats Land SoCal Stud

When you are hot you are hot and right now Mike Stoops and his coaching staff is absolutely smoking. The Wildcats received the first four commitments for the 2007 class last week and now you can add number five to the tally.

Santa Fe Springs, California athlete Nicholas Grigsby has decided to pull the trigger and ended his recruitment early.

"I called and committed to Coach (Kasey) Dunn tonight," he said. "I have known for a while that Arizona is where I wanted to go and I wanted to get it out of the way so I can concentrate on school and my senior season. Coach Dunn was really excited when I committed and he wants me to take care of what I need to do here so when I get there we can explode, and we are going to explode for sure."

Grigsby has never been to Tucson but he says for some reason he just knows that Arizona is where he wants to play college football.

"I have never been there but I know some people there," he commented. "I played with Michael Shelton and he has told me about the program and everything and how much he loves it there. I know Michael pretty well and I know he isn't going to lie to me or anything. He said it gets hot there a lot but the heat doesn't bother me at all."

Grigsby is one of the better all around athletes in Southern California. He has the ability to play running back, wide receiver or either defensive back spot. Nicolas is also a very talented baseball player and had offers from several schools for that, including UC Irvine and UCLA and will attempt to play both sports at Arizona.

"I play centerfield and I also pitch," he said. "I like to pitch more but I will probably mostly play in the outfield at Arizona. I talked to the recruiting coach at Arizona and he said there would be no problem at all with me playing both sports so I will definitely do that."

As far as recognition goes, Grigsby is no stranger to post season awards and accolades. Last year he was voted the Best Back in the Mission League, selected 1st team All-League, 1st team All-Area and 2nd team All-CIF.

On the football field some scouts have compared Grigsby to a Curtis Martin type but if you ask Nicolas, he has other comparisons in mind.

"I'm a Reggie Bush-type," Grigsby told "I have good speed and vision. I don't run scared. I still want to get more explosive and improve my stamina and endurance."

Grigsby recently attended the USC Big Man Camp as one of the few skill position players invited and according to Publisher Garry Paskwietz, Grigsby did not disappoint.

"Nicolas is a very smooth runner, he is more of a slashing type of runner," Garry said. "He catches the ball really well out of the backfield and is a very good all around athlete so he could easily play wide receiver also."

Nicolas said he carries a 2.8 GPA and he took the SAT on June 3rd so he expects his scores to be posted on the 26th of this month.

Grigsby is the 5th public commitment of the 2007 class for the Wildcats. will have much more from Grigsby on his commitment tomorrow.

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