Cougs land Pac-12 running back transfer

QUIETLY AND UNDER the radar, Arizona running back Daniel Jenkins took a trip to Washington State this past weekend. He's transferring from Arizona and the Palouse trip convinced him Wazzu was the right place for him. And he tells CF.C he's eligible to play for the Cougars this upcoming season.

Players must sit out a year per NCAA rules when transferring – unless they've graduated. And by the time Daniel Jenkins (5-9, 196) arrives in Pullman this summer, he'll have his degree and therefore will be able to play for the Cougars in 2013.

"I had announced I was transferring over the winter break and after my trip out there, I sat down with my family and we collectively felt we would get the best chance and opportunities at Washington State University in going forward," said Jenkins.

A shifty running back with power, Jenkins said the Air Raid, which offers a running back the opportunity to get both carries and catches out of the backfield, peaked his interest.

"I talked with (Mike Leach and Jim Mastro) this past weekend while I was on a visit there," said Jenkins. "We talked about how they want to utilize me and we were on the same page. I'll be able to contribute in a variety of ways.

And I'll finally get that chance to be a featured back."

JENKINS ARRIVED AT Arizona as part of the Wildcats' 2009 class. He was rated three stars and the No. 39 running back prospect nationally. Interestingly, the Cougs offered him back then too. Also, Mike Leach's Chief of Staff, Dave Emerick, spent two years at Arizona as Director of Operations from 2010-11, so the Cougs are well familiar with Jenkins..

Jenkins, who has used his redshirt year, played in 32 games in three seasons at Arizona. He had 652 all-purpose yards this past season, including 67 carries for 293 yards and 16 kickoff returns for 329 hashes.

He said Houston and New Mexico were the primary other suitors after he announced his intention to transfer for his final year of college eligibility.

"I'm going to speak with my play," said Jenkins. "Washington State gave me the best opportunity and I'm going to speak with my play this coming year."

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