Arizona among lineman's favorites

Zach Hemmila is adding plenty of new offers, but Arizona remains consistent in his recruitment. How does he view the Wildcats? What does he think of Arizona State? Read on for more.

Just over two months ago, Chandler High School offensive tackle Zach Hemmila named Arizona as one of his leaders after visiting the school during its spring football game.

While UA remains in good shape with the 6-foot-3, 275-pound offensive tackle, that hasn't stopped other schools from attempting to get involved in his recruitment.

"Since I visited Arizona, I have added an offer from San Diego State," Hemmila said. "I'm hearing from Washington, Michigan State, and Notre Dame also. UA, Arizona State, San Diego State, and Washington are recruiting me the hardest right now."

Arizona State was named as a co-leader along with the Wildcats in April, but it appears they have since fallen behind other schools for Hemmila's services.

"Along with Arizona, I like San Diego State, Washington, and Oregon State now," Hemmila said. "I also like Michigan State and Notre Dame. ASU is still there, they're just not in my top five. They're towards the bottom of my list of schools."

Offensive line coach Robert Anae continues to foster a relationship with the 24th ranked offensive guard in the class of 2012, and he's added a little help from one of the school's commitments.

"Arizona is doing great, I really like them," Hemmila said. "I like coach Anae, I talk to him probably every two weeks. I like coach (Mike) Stoops and I love being down there. I have family in Tucson and it's just a great atmosphere down there.

"Arizona has a commitment, Beau Boyster, and we talk all the time. Me and him are really close, I like Beau. I went to an Oregon State camp with him and we met up there. We've been talking since we met our sophomore year. He wants me to go to Arizona, but he tells me to make the best decision."

After seeing both of the in-state schools on unofficial visits, Hemmila plans to trip out of the state and check out some of the other schools that are in pursuit of him.

"My only visit planned right now is just Washington after our school football camp," Hemmila said. "I'm also trying to go up to Michigan State and maybe Notre Dame. That's about it."

Although he does not have a clear idea of when he will make his final decision, Hemmila insists it could come at any time.

"Whenever I feel it in my heart, I'll decide," Hemmila said. "Wherever I feel at home, wherever I have a good relationship with my position coach, and wherever I can get my degree, that's where I'll go."

However, the option to stay home and play for one of Arizona's two Pac-12 programs is certainly there for Hemmila. If that does happen, he knows which school he would end up at.

"It's 50-50 right now whether I stay in-state or not," Hemmila said. "If I do, I would choose Arizona."


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