The Arizona Wildcats continue their Lazarus routine. When the Wildcats revolted after the UCLA game, the word was Wildcat head coach John Mackovic was done and gone.
Nobody could have predicted how resilient Mackovic would become.
The Wildcats are on a recruiting tear scoring huge with the verbal committal of running back Chris Henry (6-1, 210, 4.4) from Stockton (Calif.) Edison.
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Henry was originally committed to Cal and the Bears were glad to have him. “Cal wanted me to play defense,” Henry said. “I wanted a chance to play offense and Oregon State and Arizona said they would give me a chance to run with the football.”
“I had a great trip to Oregon State and really loved it,” Henry said. “I went down to Arizona pretty much thinking I was going to go to Oregon State.”
“When I arrived to Arizona I was overwhelmed by how serious they are about academics and athletics,” Henry said. “Arizona is a very good program. You are going to see this program rise and I wanted to be a part of that.”
“You read about all this stuff about coach (John) Mackovic being tough,” Henry said. “I like a tough coach. How else are you going get better if you can’t get coached? I want to be corrected so I can get better.”
“The players told me that coach (John) Mackovic is real blunt, but he keeps it real,” Henry said. “He tells you like it is.”
“The players said he never tries to break down, but he always tries to make you the best you can be.”
Henry will see his first action as a running back. “If running back doesn’t work out,” Henry said. “I am willing to play anywhere the coaches need me to play.”
Arizona is fast becoming one of the surprise recruiting stories of the year.