Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better for the Arizona Wildcats it does. The Cats have landed arguably one of the top five running backs on the west coast in Terry Longbons (5-11, 211, 4.4) from Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial.
The Wildcats have already landed Tucson’s Xavier Smith and now with Longbons have landed two of the best running backs in the state.
“For awhile now I have been thinking its been Arizona,” Longbons said. “Then (high school teammate) Jordan (Lowe) and Xavier Smith committed.
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“Arizona has received commitments from other top prospects from around the country,” Longbons said. “It is obvious the U of A program is going in the right direction.”
“I also like the new coaching staff,” Longbons said. “They have come from a lot of places and I don’t think they came to Arizona for any other reason than win championships.”
In an earlier interview with Centennial coach Richard Taylor he said, “One Pac10 coach told me there is no better running back in California than Terry. Terry has never been caught from behind. If he has an opening there is no messing around he’s through it and gone.”
It came down to an in-state battle between archrivals Arizona and ASU with the Wildcats winning this one.
In Longbons the Wildcats get the only junior to make the super all-state team in 2003. He was also chosen first-team all-state (4A), area offensive player of the year and region offensive player of the year after rushing for 2,083 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Longbons needs roughly 2,500 yards as a senior to become the all-time leading rusher for the Grand Canyon State.
Landing Longbons is another indication that the Pac-10 has another tough recruiting staff to contend with.
Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon and Stanford also offered the talented Arizona running back a scholie.