Wildcats on top for lineman

Arizona has offered offensive lineman Patrick Joseph and the Wildcats are in good shape. Read on for his thoughts on his recruitment, Arizona, and more.

Arizona continues to make in-state recruiting a priority and has been consistently evaluating talent in the Phoenix area. Offensive line prospect Patrick Joseph from Chandler Hamilton is just one of many players head coach Rich Rodriguez and his assistants are paying close attention to. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder has been speaking with Rodriguez recently, as well as offensive line coach Robert Anae.

"I am in communication with coach Rodriguez and coach Anae," Joseph said. "We are discussing the offer and they said UA would be a good fit for me."

Aside from the UA, Joseph has received correspondence from several other programs, including one other Pac-12 school.

"I got a few letters from UCLA, North Dakota and Army," Joseph said.

The offensive lineman plans on taking a visit to Army in the very near future and has already taken a trip to the Arizona campus on an unofficial.

"I want to take a trip to New York to visit Westpoint," Joseph said. "I have visited UA unofficially."

Joseph came away with a positive impression of the UA campus on his visit and is encouraged with where the school is located.

"I loved it," Joseph said. "It seemed like a very good campus with a good location and I think it's a great school."

Being a product of the state of Arizona, Joseph may feel a little more at home playing for the Wildcats, but location isn't something that is going to weigh heavy on his decision.

"It doesn't matter," Joseph said. "I'll go anywhere."

Joseph's list is short at the moment, but that could change in the near future. At this point in time, he has the Wildcats close to the top of his list.

"Definitely Westpoint and UA," Joseph said. "They are my only two offers, so they are at the top of my list."

Signing Day is still 10 months away, so there is no pressure on Joseph to make a choice any time soon, but he doesn't feel like dragging out the recruiting process longer than it has to go. He is going to wait on some offers and visit more schools and will make a decision shortly after that.

"I think as soon as I take my official visits to the schools that offer me I will know right away," Joseph said.

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