Hemmila ready to get started

Zach Hemmila took one other official visit before completely ending his recruitment. Read on for his thoughts on Arizona, the coaching staff, and more.

Although he never officially re-opened his recruitment, Chandler High School guard Zach Hemmila admits that he weighed his options after Mike Stoops was fired as head coach at Arizona. While on that visit though, the 6-foot-3, 275-pound senior knew that his first choice was the right one.

"I committed back in the spring and when coach Stoops got fired I took an official to San Diego State," Hemmila said. "After that official I knew I wanted to go to Arizona, but I really knew when I went down on my official and met coach (Rich) Rodriguez.

"I think he's really cool, he's a family man and he's really outgoing. He's going to turn the program around in the first year or two and hopefully we'll get to the Rose Bowl for the first time. With coach Rodriguez he's going to turn it around with that fast paced option offense."

While he was able to quickly bond with his future head coach, it was the relationship he has with offensive line coach Robert Anae that really sold him on keeping his commitment to UA.

"Coach Anae and I have a great relationship," Hemmila said. "That was the main reason I chose UA is because he's one of those laid back coaches and he's not a big yeller. I don't really succeed with a yelling coach and I think he's a coach who can maybe get me to the league in the future. But more importantly he's going to be there for me education wise and to help me with everything in life."

With Signing Day upon him, Hemmila is ready to put his name on the dotted line for the Wildcats. "I'm really excited because I can't wait to get my workout book and do what they want me to do," Hemmila said. "I can't wait to learn the plays and start doing my thing for them.

"Today just means that I have accomplished my accomplishments and I'm doing what I've wanted to so since I was a kid."

For his career at Arizona, the nation's 29th ranked guard hopes to take the program to new heights will transforming himself to the best he can be as a student-athlete.

"I want to get a National Championship, that's the biggest goal," Hemmila said. "I want to at least get to the Rose Bowl and get to a bowl game because I've never been to a state championship. Hopefully we can beat ASU every year, that's one of my biggest goals too.

"As far as individual goals, I just want to be the best person I can be, the best player I can be, and I especially want to get my education."

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