Vegas back makes the call.

Just a few days ago there were reports that Keola Antolin strongly favored Hawaii. Apparently that wasn't 100% correct as Antolin pulled the trigger and committed to Arizona.

The Las Vegas running back is originally from Hawaii, but the lure of staying out west was too great and he gave the Wildcats a verbal commitment Tuesday night. "It was the right fir for me," Antolin said. "I like the coaches, the chemistry."

Antolin had been to Tucson and liked what he saw. He bonded with his recruiter, Darrell Wyatt and that was enough to secure his verbal.

"Coach Wyatt is a nice guy," Antolin said. "I can talk to him about anything."

The chance to see early playing time was another bonus. Without a for sure go-to back, seeing the field right away was not out of the question.

"I think my chances are pretty high," he said of playing as a true freshman. "I have to come in, work hard and show what I can do. If I do that I hope I'll play."

Antolin is a versatile back, who could be a perfect fit for the spread offense. He's a smaller back at 5-8, 186 but that is not a huge factor in the spread.

"I can catch, I am quick and fast," Antolin said.

He plans on trying to get back to Tucson over the summer and will, of course, keep a close eye on the Cats next fall. Antolin has a lot of optimism for his future team.

"I think they'll be good, really good," he explained. "I think they should be pretty good over the next few years."

Antolin chose the Wildcats over Iowa, Hawaii and Oregon State. Cal was also starting to get involved.

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