Questions answered for Bass

Ryan Bass stunned many when he gave Arizona a verbal commitment this past weekend. While the Wildcats have long been in the picture all indications were that they had a lot of ground to make up. Seems like they did just that.

Bass had two big questions he needed answered and obviously the answers he got were good enough to get him to jump the Cats to the top of the list.

First and foremost Bass wanted to make sure that there was a good role for the running back in the Cats' version of the spread offense. The four-star recruit admits that he is not a huge fan of the way some teams all but ignore the running back in their version of the offense.

"They run the ball a good amount," Bass said. "The running back gets his touches. They run the ball a lot."

Although Nick Grigsby has been impressive as a freshman, he was the only Wildcat running back who will be there next year who got any touches. Chris Jennings will have graduated and no other back has been a factor.

Bass liked what he saw and things early playing time may be a realistic option.

"I can come in and try to start," Bass said. "That was a big part of the reason I chose Arizona."

Bass chose a good weekend to finally visit the Cats. He had discussed a few other weekends, but settle on the game where Arizona played well on both offense and defense and thoroughly outplayed UCLA.

"Watching the team play, I think they are on the right track," Bass explained.

Having his high school quarterback already verballed and on the trip sure did help seal the deal.

"That helped a lot," Bass admitted. "Me and him are really close. We always talked about playing together in college and now we have a chance."

Bass insists that he is a "firm commitment" but will take a couple more trips.

In addition to going to the game, Bass was shown the entire campus, including the athletic facilities, met with coaches and hung out with the team. He said that interacting with the players after the UCLA game was a huge highlight.


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