Arizona in Hoffpauir's top three

Zach Hoffpauir is considered to be among the top players in the state and it now appears that the Wildcats are doing very well with him.

Arizona has started to see the momentum in its recruiting pick up in recent weeks and the Wildcats hope to keep it going as they put together the 2012 class. One in-state product that UA has its eyes on is Peoria Centennial safety Zach Hoffpauir.

The defensive back recently competed in Arizona's elite camp and was able to get to know the coaching staff along the way.

"I participated in everything," Hoffpauir said. "And then we ate and the coaches talked for a while. At the end I met with Coach Stoops in his office and talked to him for a while. He just told me about UA and all the new facilities they are going to get."

Hoffpauir is being pursued by Wildcats' defensive coordinator Tim Kish and the two have become more familiar with each other since contact between the two began.

"It's getting better as it goes on," Hoffpauir said. "I talked to him once before they offered, but when I went up there, our relationship got better. We talked a whole lot while I was up there."

The rapport the staff has been able to build with Hoffpauir could be very helpful in its pursuit of the safety. The product from Peoria is looking for a school with a coaching staff he feels comfortable with.

"All schools have nice facilities and uniforms and all that stuff," Hoffpauir said. "But what makes it are the coaches that are coaching you."

There is much more to a student-athletes life than playing sports while attending college. Hoffpauir understands this fact and is in search of a school that has not just a good football program, but adequate academics as well.

"I am high on academics because I take pride in my academics." Hoffpauir said. "I get good grades."

While the coaching staff and academics will undoubtedly play a role in the process, Hoffpauir says there is another major factor in play; one that could help Arizona's cause.

"Probably the biggest thing for me is location and weather," Hoffpauir said.

It would appear that Hoffpauir has an idea of what he wants at the next level, but where does that leave UA currently?

"They're definitely in the top three for me," Hoffpauir said.

The Wildcats will have some work to do in order to land the defensive back. Hoffpauir holds offers from schools all over the map and his popularity is rising. He is interested in many programs and plans to see a few more campuses during this process.

"I like all the schools that have offered me," Hoffpauir said. "I'll narrow it down during the season, but I think after the season is when I will choose what schools I like the best and take some of my visits."

Hoffpauir will certainly have a nice list of schools to choose from, but how long are we from hearing a decision from the Centennial prospect?

"I think I will make my decision after the football season," Hoffpauir said. "It could be during the season, but I couldn't tell you at this point."

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