Arizona gives lineman first BCS offer

Arizona is lineman Mario Yakoo's first BCS offer. Where does it put the Wildcats? Read on for more.

Recruiting is starting to pick up for Arizona and there are several targets emerging on the Wildcats' radar. One such player UA is showing interest in is Spring Valley (Calif.) Steel Canyon offensive guard Mario Yakoo.

The big lineman was in town for a second time over the past two months. This time around, he attended UA's big man camp recently and came away impressed with his visit.

"They showed me around a little bit," Yakoo said. "I got to meet all of the coaches. It was a good experience."

Yakoo was one of the standouts over the weekend. The coaching staff has genuine interest in him and it showed with how they rewarded him during his trip to Tucson.

"I got my first Pac-12 offer," Yakoo said.

Yakoo has been able to communicate with several members of the coaching staff, including head coach Mike Stoops. Yakoo enjoys the line of communication that has been established between him and the UA staff.

"It's pretty good," Yakoo said. "I went down there to their spring game and I met coach Stoops. It's going pretty good so far."

Yakoo is just now gaining more recognition, as evident by his Pac-12 offer. He favors a couple of schools and it appears Arizona is right in the mix.

"I don't have them in an order right now," Yakoo said. "Arizona is in my top three for sure. I am kind of waiting for Cal, but I am not going to sit there and not commit to anyone else just because I want to go there."

Yakoo has a full senior season of football to play and plenty of time before he has to make a decision as to where he would like to play college football. He is not likely to choose any time this summer, but there is a good chance he will know where he is going to college before the conclusion of the 2011 campaign.

"Probably mid-season," Yakoo said. "Maybe a couple of games into the season."

By the end of his process, Yakoo should have a wide range of offers. When it comes down to it, the Steel Canyon prospect has a few prerequisites for the school he ends up choosing.

"They have to play good football and have a good business major." Yakoo said. "A place where I am going to have fun."


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