Criner likes Tucson, Down to Two

Arizona's upset win over the 2nd ranked Oregon Ducks could pay huge dividends on the recruiting trail. The Wildcat coaching staff hosted seven official visitors for the mid week tilt and they already have one commitment from the group.

Las Vegas' Canyon Springs High School is home to one of the better kept secrets on the west coast. Wide receiver Juron Criner is a solid wide receiver prospect and he was one of the seven visitors in Tucson to watch the Wildcats take down the Ducks.

"It was a cool trip," Criner said of his Old Pueblo visit. "My host was David (Roberts) and he is a real cool and funny guy. I got to hang around a lot of guys and we were at (Blake) Kerley's house. I liked all of the guys that I got to talk to and spend time with."

Criner is being recruited by Arizona wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt and the two have been able to build a pretty good bond so far in the process according to Juron.

"Coach Wyatt is a real cool guy," commented Criner. "I have talked to him a lot and I got a good chance to talk to him more when I was there. I have been to U of A a few times for basketball tournaments and stuff so I know all about it and I have gotten to talk to him a lot."

The highlight of the visit for Criner was the Cats' huge upset win over the Ducks. The atmosphere and rushing the field were the things that stood out to Juron.

"The game was crazy and that is all I can say," Juron said with a laugh. "The game was great. I sat in the student section and it was crazy, I was into it big time. When they rushed the field I went too and it was a great time."

Criner has a few offers but as of right now he is starting to narrow his sights on just two schools. He visited U of A and he is set to visit the Wildcats' arch-rivals the day the Cats make the trip to Tempe next month.

"I am basically going to try and decide between ASU and U of A," he said. "I don't really have a favorite between the two of them. I don't want to put either one out in front before I see them both. I have been to Arizona a few times and my official visit was great but I want to visit ASU too. They are even right now."

As is the custom, Criner ended his official visit with a sit down one on one meeting with head coach Mike Stoops. According to Criner, the meeting went very well.

"Coach Stoops is real cool," he commented. "He is a real nice guy. He is fired up on the field but he is laid back and just is a real guy off the field. He is real down to earth and a straight forward guy. Everything he said made a lot of sense."

Criner wants to major in Criminal Justice in college. He went on to say that he should be able to decide between U of A and ASU in the week following his visit to Tempe.

Stick with WildcatInsider.com as Criner winds up his recruiting and makes his decision in the coming weeks.


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