The Arizona Wildcats departed for Fort Huachuca this afternoon, but not before receiving some good news.

Pierre Cormier, a three-star running back and one of the most coveted players on the UA’s recruiting list, verbally committed for the class of 2013. Cormier visited campus earlier this week with a few of San Diego (Calif.) Madison High School teammates; one of them, wide receiver Lee Walker, verbally committed to the UA Tuesday.

Cormier told the Star the trip confirmed what he had suspected since the spring: Arizona was the right fit for him.

"I really felt comfortable there, and the coaching staff is outstanding, just with the energy they bring," he said. "It’s a great fit for me. it felt like a great environment for me to live in and be successful, on and off the field."

The football part should be relatively easy: Madison High School runs an offense borrowed from UA coach Rich Rodriguez's old West Virginia teams.

The recruiting service lists Cormier as a three-star recruit and the 44th-best running back in the class of 2013. Cormier chose the Wildcats over offers from 10 other schools, including Boise State, Nebraska, UCLA and Washington State. Cormier ran for 1,471 yards and 20 touchdowns for a Madison team that went 10-1-1 a year ago. He averaged 8.26 yards per carry, and caught eight passes for 69 yards and two scores.

The 5-foot-11-inch, 180-pound Cormier is expected to compete for playing time with a half-dozen others once he enrolls next year. Running back is one of the Wildcats’ deepest positions, but  Rodriguez’s run-heavy offense provides opportunities for as many as four different backs per game.

The sports editor of the Arizona Daily Star.