Conwell ready to play

Dakota Conwell has already signed with Arizona and visited recently to see the spring game. Read on for his impressions, how he thinks he fits, and more.

Pittsburgh Upper St. Clair outside linebacker Dakota Conwell is the highest-rated player in UA's incoming recruiting class and was on hand for the spring game.

"The visit went great," Conwell said. "I got to check out the school some more and be around the players and the game-type atmosphere. Everybody was going hard and it was fun to be around.

"I also got to talk with the coaches and they are working really hard. Everyone is just very excited for next season."

Next season can't come soon enough for Conwell.

"I'm going to do everything possible to make an early impact," Conwell said. "These next few months are going to be big for me as far as adding strength and improving myself for next year.

"I feel like everything will work out if I put in the work. I just want to get out there and start working out and learning."

Conwell is an extremely talented player and has confidence the coaching staff will maximize those talents.

"I just want to play, and the coaches really feel that I can help at the outside linebacker spot," Conwell said. "In the 3-3-5 defense, the outside linebacker is a critical position and they feel that I have the ability and skills to play well at that position.

"I feel I operate well in space or rushing the passer, so it's a natural fit."

While UA will likely be picked to finish in the bottom half of the conference this coming season, Conwell believes the team will outperform expectations.

"I definitely think we'll be able to compete with other Pac-12 teams," Conwell said. "There are some really good players on defense already and there is no reason we can't play with anyone in the next few years.

"I want to win, and I'm coming to work hard and do everything possible to impress the coaches."

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