'Sin City' WR makes the call

The Class of 2008 for the Arizona Wildcats started quickly and now after a bit of a lull the commitments are starting to come in again as the Cats add another talented offensive player.

Las Vegas (NV) Canyon Springs High School wide receiver Juron Criner made a late week visit to Arizona and witnessed the Cats' upset of second ranked Oregon. He may rushed the field after the game with the rest of the students but he took his time in making his final college decision.

"I wanted to talk to my family and make sure everything was right," Criner said. "On the visit I knew I wanted to commit but I needed to think about it and talk about it. I committed to Coach (Darrell) Wyatt. He was excited and I am excited to be a part of the Arizona program."

Criner fits the mold at the wide receiver position. At 6-foot-4 inches and over 200 pounds he is the tall and 'go get it' receiver the Cats will continue to use in the Sonny Dykes Spread offense.

"I really like the offense at Arizona," he said. "I know I will be able to put up numbers and everything but I know that I will have fun and I believe that we will be winning a lot of games."

The decision came down to two schools for Criner. He had already visited Arizona and he was going to visit the Cats' rival Arizona State this upcoming weekend for the annual Duel In The Desert but he is not going to make the trip now.

"Naw, I am not going to visit ASU now," he said. "I know where I am going. I want to be a part of the Arizona program and I believe in it and I want to be a part of it."

Criner was recruited by his position coach Darrell Wyatt and the future coach is a big part of the reason Criner is now a Cat.

"Coach Wyatt is a real cool guy," he commented. "I have talked to him for a while and gotten to know him and he is a good guy and a good coach. Getting to sit down with him on my visit really sold me and I am excited to get there and work with him."

His official visit to Arizona also played a big role in his decision. Witnessing one of the biggest upsets in the nation and rushing the field is always fun for a high school senior.

"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 loved doing that it was great. The crowd was awesome and everything about the game was crazy."

Criner is the 13th public commitment for the Wildcats in the 2008 class. It is believed the Cats will sign a full class of 25 this year so stick with WildcatInsider.com to stay up to the second with the Wildcats' recruiting efforts.

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