The state of Arizona is home for one of the best running backs in the west. Before too long this player may be mentioned among the very best running backs that the nation has to offer. How good is our mystery guest? He is closing in on the Grand Canyon State’s all-time rushing record.
You will want to remember the name of running back Terry Longbons (5-11, 211, 4.4) from Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial.
“One Pac10 coach told me there is no better running back in California than Terry,” Centennial head coach Richard Taylor said. “He already has a written offer from Arizona State and two verbal offers from Stanford and Oregon.”
Longbons was 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.
As a sophomore, Longbons rushed for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“Terry is going to be a national recruit,” Taylor said. “Not just because he’s an outstanding football player, but he’s also a super kid who has his priorities in order.”
“Terry has never been in trouble and he’s an outstanding student,” Taylor said. “He is one of the most humble kids I’ve ever met and he’s a team first guy. He is always giving credit to his teammates.”
Longbons is a straight ahead north-south runner though he has developed an awesome spin move.
Though Longbons is a power back he has the speed to break the long one.
“Terry has never been caught from behind,” Taylor said. “If he has an opening there is no messing around he’s through it and gone.”
Michigan and Miami have called Taylor regarding Longbons. Colorado, Ohio State and Northwestern have also shown interest in Longbons.
Look for Longbons’ video in the very near future.