In-state back like UA and ASU

One of the benefits of the Wildcats' elite camp is the ability to show off the campus and coaches to in-state talent. Many take unofficial visits throughout the year, but the elite camp is a chance to let the players really interact with the coaches. One in-state running back liked what he saw.

Marcus Washington, a running back from Desert Vista in Phoenix, enjoyed his time at the camp.

"This is a nice campus," said Washington. "I learned a lot from the running back coach (Dana Dimel)."

Last year Washington was not the primary offensive threat for Desert Vista. They had Allante Battle and three other D-I players. Because of that lack of production, Washington is not highly rated, but he does have a lot of interest. Right now Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and UNLV have offered and Oregon, Washington and Alabama are showing interest.

He has good size and sees himself as a versatile back.

"I can run inside and outside," said Washington. "I try to be really coachable and I have good hands so I can catch too."

Washington also likes the tradition of in-state, high school running backs at Arizona. Players like Trung Candidate, Mike Bell and especially former Desert Vista product Bobby Wade have all had their shot in the NFL.

"A lot of their running backs have been successful," said Washington. "Bobby Wade came here and he is doing good right now. This is a good school for running backs."

Washington grew up watching ASU and is familiar with the hometown Devils, putting them at the top of his list with the Wildcats.

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