Signing Day 2007...The Running Backs

Running Back has been a surprisingly good position for Arizona Football through the years. From Theopolis ‘T' Bell through Mike Bell the Wildcats have had their fair share of good to great running backs. Always looking to add more to the Arizona offense the Arizona coaching staff went out and recruited a couple more dynamic running backs to bolster an already impressive corps of young backs.

The Wildcat coaching staff targeted a stellar group of runners early in the recruiting process and it is not very often that a school gets two of the recruits that were either near at the top of their positional board. But that is what happened when the Cats got the faxed Letter of Intent from Nicholas Grigsby and Joseph Reese.

Reese, brother of Wildcat receiver Terrell, has been on the Arizona radar for two years and the hard work of no fewer than four recruiters paid off when he signed the dotted line. The addition of Grigsby may have been looked over a bit by some but it shouldn't have been. Grigsby is known for his elusiveness and breakaway speed, not to mention his ability to get the corner and run in between the tackles with force.

The addition of these two young studs bolsters a corps of backs that was already impressive physically, but unimpressive in experience. When junior running back Chris Henry decided to leave the Arizona program and enter the NFL draft he left an experience void on the Arizona roster.

With Henry gone the Wildcats will return an impressive young group of running backs that will have something serious to prove in 2007. Senior Chris Jennings earned a scholarship after coming on in place on Henry early in 2006 and Sophomore Xavier Smith was impressive when he was running the ball and not catching the rock. Sophomore Terry Longbons has had numerous injuries and personal tragedies to deal with in his two years on campus but now he finds himself third on the depth chart with a chance to prove once and for all that he is worthy of the hype connected to his name coming out of high school. Red-shirt freshman Glyndon Bolasky will be coming off of his red-shirt year, and surgery, with something to prove and the Wildcats also return an impressive but unproven group of walk on backs in Reggie Sheffield and Garen Demery.

With so little experience returning it is clearly possible either one of Reese or Grigsby will have the chance to take some playing time in their first year on campus. The likelihood of both getting playing time as true freshmen isn't very good but it is definitely possible that one of them see the field in 2007.

Pre-Recruiting Cycle Need…1 or 2 RBs

SIGNED…2 (Joseph Reese and Nicholas Grigsby)

WildcatInsider.com Position Recruiting Grade…A

The Wildcats added two impressive running backs with the additions of both Grigsby and Reese. The coaching staff targeted both young men early in the recruiting cycle and it was an impressive feet to add them both to the roster. While Grigsby committed early and stuck to his commitment, Reese committed to Arizona while on his official visit during the Arizona State game. While Reese committed late after committing early to Texas A&M, he always was on the radar and as he said, "I was always going to go to Arizona." In the end the Wildcat coaching staff met and exceeded their need at the running back position.


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