By MYLO ERICKSON
The Pima Community College football team came out on top in the recruiting battle for running back Mitch Fischer.
“Mitch is a great player and we are very happy about his commitment,” head coach Patrick Nugent said. “We will cross our fingers and hope he is here in August. Anything can happen from now until August.”
Fischer played for Ironwood Ridge High School. He was the Arizona Daily Star’s 2011 Offensive Player of the Year and KVOA News 4’s High School Football Player of the Year.
He stood out by rushing for 2,143 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, which helped his team earn a spot in the Division II state semifinal.
Maxpreps.com ranks Fischer first in his high school’s league, second in his state’s division, ninth in the state overall and 556 nationally in rushing rankings.
In total rankings, he is second in the league, sixth in the state division, 31st in state and 1,293 nationally.
Offers came in from numerous Football Championship Subdivision schools, including South Dakota State. Football Bowl Subdivision school New Mexico State also showed interest.
Besides the FCS schools, Fischer received offers from top two-year colleges across the country.
Fischer chose Pima because he wanted to stay close to home, Nugent said. He also wants to play safety for the Aztecs.
Fischer will not be the only former Ironwood Ridge athlete on Pima’s fall roster. He will be joined by defensive lineman Tyson Otuafi and offensive lineman C.J. Healey.
Thirty-five recruits have committed to Pima, including nine from Tucson. In addition to Fischer, Otuafi and Healey, the other six Tucson players are:
- Defensive back Josh Brown from Canyon Del Oro High School
- Linebacker Nathan Delf, Sabino
- Center Matt Fontes, Cienega
- Offensive lineman Jake Laird, Sabino,
- Offensive lineman Matt Rossi, Sabino,
- Offensive lineman Liam White, Sabino