On film, it's easy to see why Avondale (Ariz.) La Joya Community running back Jeremiah Cornist has gotten a lot of early attention. The 5-foot-9, 158-pounder is explosive with the ball in his hands.
A second team all-region performer Cornist stood out on both offense and special teams this past season. Cornist ran for 1,605 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also threw three touchdowns, had four returns for touchdowns and blocked five kicks for the Fighting Lobos.
Those numbers have sparked an early offer from Arizona and plenty of interest from other schools.
"I've been hearing from San Diego State and ASU the most," Cornist said. "Utah have said they might offer soon. Most likely SDSU and ASU will offer soon. I already have that offer from Arizona that I really like, too."
It's not surprise the Wildcats have done a good job. Ace recruiter Tim Kish is in charge of recruiting Cornist for UofA.
"Coach Kish has really impressed me," Cornist said. "He stands out because he sounds like a good coach. He knows what he's doing. I'm going to the UofA camp this summer and that's probably the only camp that I'll go to."
Cornist said he doesn't think he's going to rush into a decision.
"I would like to visit campuses and figure it out during my senior year," he said. "I'm going to be looking at what school can give me the most playing time and how the atmosphere is. I want school spirit. I want to see about academics and about the best degree and so on.
"UofA coaches and SDSU have said they are going to come see me play. Oh, and ASU, too. My parents would like me to stay close to home, but they would like me to make my own decision. Really, they would like to just see how the school is going to help me out."