When word hit the internet a while back that Nicholas Grigsby, Arizona's second commitment of the 2007 class, said that if the University of Miami were to offer him that he would take it in a heartbeat, Wildcat fans began to rumble. Many people were up in arms as asking why a seemingly very solid commitment would say he really wants to go somewhere else.
What made matters even worse was the fact that Grigsby was quoted as saying that he never even committed to Arizona in the first place.
There is only one problem with all of that, Nick says that he never said that, and of it.
"I don't know where that story came from," Grigsby admitted. "I am still going to Arizona and that has never changed. I just want to say that the Miami thing was just wrong. I didn't even know what was going on until my mom told me what the internet was saying. I do know that I am all Wildcat for sure."
Even though he says he is still a very committed Wildcat that has not stopped many schools from pursuing him.
"I still get a lot of mail from Pac-10 schools and Miami and Oklahoma is sending me mail now too," he said. "I have offers from I think all of the Pac-10 schools but I am not even worried about recruiting anymore, I am going to Arizona."
During the summer Grigsby was set to transfer from St. Paul High School to Cal High but things have changed and he will return to St. Paul for his senior season.
"I am back at Saint Paul and I am looking forward to this year," commented Grigsby. "We have been looking pretty good and I think we are going to win a lot of games this year. Everybody is working hard. There are a lot of doubts about us saying that we won't do well because of our hard schedule but I think we are going to surprise people this year. We should win our league but our out of league games are really tough. Our first game is against Bishop Amat and that is our big rivalry game. The stands will be packed and it should be a heck of a game."
As he enters his senior season Grigsby admits that he has set some personal goals for himself, both on and off the field.
"Personally I just want to better my grades and keep getting my GPA up," he said. "I have been working hard and I will keep doing that. On the field I want to break the St. Paul season rushing record. I had over 1,800 yards in 10 games last year and the record is like 2,175 or something like that. My goal is to rush for over 2,200 yards this year. The offensive line has looked real good so far. We have two guys coming back that are good and the rest of the young guys are looking really good."
Grigsby went on to say that he has noticed some similarities between his high school squad and his future college team entering the 2006 season.
"St. Paul and Arizona are a lot alike I think," he said. "Nobody really thinks that we will be that good because we have a tough schedule and people are saying the same thing about Arizona. I think we are going to surprise people this year and I know that Arizona will too. They have a very good and young team and I know they will have a winning record and get to a bowl game."
When he finally gets to Tucson, Grigsby admitted that he would like to see Arizona in the top 25 before his freshman campaign.
"If you are in the top 25 then that creates pressure," he said. "I know I like pressure and I know the Arizona coaches do too. Pressure makes you work harder and get things done."
WildcatInsider.com will follow the on-field exploits of Grigsby and all of Arizona's commitments during the 2006 season.