He arizona wildcats‘ The football program hasn’t managed to win double-digit games in a season since 2014, but the Wildcats could be on the rise after a historic day on Thursday.
Arizona got the highest rated recruit in program history when five-star running back Elijah Rushing committed to the Wildcats.
Rushing, a native of Tucson, Ariz., chose the Wildcats over notre dameTennessee and Oregon.
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«To be a hometown kid born and raised in the tucson heart, this decision has special meaning to me,» Rushing said in a video announcing their engagement. “The opportunity to represent my state, my community and my family on the soccer field is a dream come true. It’s an opportunity to give back to the place that has shaped me, both as an athlete and as an individual.»
Rushing is the No. 8 ranked prospect in the 2024 247 Sports class.
The Wildcats prepare to enter a third year under head coach jedd fisch and are looking to build on the momentum they built in 2022.
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Arizona went 5-7 in 2022 after an 1-11 finish to Fisch’s first season in Tucson.
«Coach Fisch continually brought up the idea of being a local man, and now I get to defend my home state,» Rushing told 247 Sports. «I am very excited to be engaged and I love the run of the show.
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«For me, it’s important to be at the forefront of something special. We’re building something big, and it’s a great opportunity, a blessing, really, to have my hometown behind me. If you take care of the city, the city will take care of you, as well that I will do everything possible to push us forward as a team.»
The Wildcats return with eight offensive starters from a 2022 team that was 20th in the country in yards per game (461.9).
Arizona was ranked 125th in total defense in 2022.