Arizona first offer for in-state athlete

Arizona is the first offer for Mauriece Lee. Read on for his reaction, the next step he will take, and more.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff continue to keep their collective eye on the better prospects within the state of Arizona. One such player that caught Arizona's attention is 5-foot-7, 185-pound running back Mauriece Lee.

The prospect from Tempe Marcos De Niza was given his first offer recently and it came from Wildcats associate head coach Tony Gibson.

"He was just telling me that they like my highlight film," Lee said. "Then he offered me."

With his size, Lee possesses the typical frame and skill set of an athlete that Rodriguez tends to pursue. Lee isn't completely familiar with the offensive system that the UA head coach likes to run, but has been made aware of how it fits his style of play.

"My dad told me he likes the smaller running backs and he said they give them the ball," Lee said. "Coach Gibson said that if I go there that they were going to play me in the slot and at halfback."

The Wildcats certainly have their work cut out for them in the pursuit of the Tempe product. As he gets further into his recruiting process, more and more programs are beginning to show more interest.

"I have heard from ASU, Utah, Ohio, Boise State, West Virginia and a couple of other schools," Lee said.

With it being relatively early in his recruitment, Lee hasn't really had a chance to make any preferences on what conference or region of the country he would like to play in.

Lee could see his stock rise soon, as he has a few prestigious camps on his schedule in the coming months.

"I have the Nike camp coming up in three weeks on April 1st in California," Lee said. "In July, I have a camp at USC."

In between those camps (and any other potential visits), Lee plans to venture down to Tucson to visit the UA campus.

"I am probably going to take a visit to Arizona pretty soon," Lee said.

Not in any hurry to decide, Lee would like to go through the process before choosing a college to attend.

"I might just wait," Lee said. "I still want to weigh my options."

While it's still early, Lee has a short list of early favorites; a list the Wildcats find themselves atop of.

"Arizona, Utah and USC," Lee said.

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