Anthony Lopez said last month that Arizona was his favorite and now the Gilbert (Ariz.) Mesquite running back has taken it a step further and said he could commit to the Wildcats before his senior season starts.
"They're trying really hard to get me down there next year and I like that a lot about them," Lopez said.
"As of right now I'm probably going to commit there before the season starts. I really love all of it. When I went down there for the camp this summer the players had a lot of good things to say about the coaches and the environment and the school."
Air Force, Army, Colorado, Idaho and Montana have also offered Lopez, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect who's rated No. 40 at running back in the 2012 class and No. 13 in the Arizona state rankings by Rivals.com.
The three-star running back said he regularly talks with Arizona coach Mike Stoops and assistant coach Tim Kish and it's become clear that the Wildcats are far-and-away his favorite team.
"They're still up there," Lopez said. "They're still my No. 1. I'm still talking to coach Kish and coach Stoops all the time.
"They're definitely pushing for a commitment. Every time I call they say they want me on the team and they really like me. They want me down at U of A and they want me to be a Wildcat next year."
Lopez said he plans to attend Arizona's season opener against Northern Arizona on Sept. 3. A decision could come around that time.