UA football: 3-star cornerback commits to Cats

2014-08-06T21:51:00Z 2014-08-07T09:24:39Z UA football: 3-star cornerback commits to CatsDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

About an hour after getting off the practice field tonight, Arizona's coaches got some late-night good news. 

Dane Cruikshank, a three-star cornerback from Citrus Community College in Glendora, Calif., committed to the UA tonight. He chose the Wildcats over offers from BYU, Utah, Iowa State and Utah State. 

Cruikshank took an unofficial visit to Arizona about a month ago and loved what he saw. 

"I liked everything I saw," Cruikshank said. "The campus, the facilities, the gear, the people, everything. I really liked it. Everyone I was around was nice."

Cruikshank will play cornerback for the UA, but actually played wide receiver for Citrus last season because of need. He said he'll play both ways this season, with cornerback being his primary position. 

He prefers playing defense. 

"Last year was kinda frustrating," Cruikshank said. "Wide receiver is a position I don't normally play, but I did it to help out my team. This summer, I got back in the weight room and built up my stamina for defense."

The defensive back said UA receivers coach Tony Dews was his primary recruiter. He enjoyed interacting with Dews and appreciated his persistence. 

"He called me every week, at least once," Cruikshank said of Dews. "He's a very down-to-earth guy, and I get along with him very easily. He's a good guy I can hold a conversation with."

With Cruikshank's commitment, the UA now has 21 known commitments for the 2015 class. He's the fourth junior college recruit of the class joining defensive back Paul Magloire and running backs Dami Ayoola and Kendall Williams. 

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

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