Arizona commit Jacob Alsadek recently visited Tucson to watch the Wildcats take on the Washington Huskies. Arizona won the game 52-17 and put on an impressive performance in front of the high school senior.
Alsadek is from Torrey Pines, California and drove down to Tucson with his family. Despite the drive being mostly desert, the commit enjoyed it.
"The drive down wasn't as bad as I thought it would be," Alsadek said. "When I woke up, it was different. There was a different feel to the city and that's what I want. I've grown up in California and I just wanted something different and new."
One of the major things Alsadek was looking for on his visit was talking to the Arizona coaches. He got to see a few of them before the game started.
"I saw Coach (Rod) Smith before the game," Alsadek said. "I haven't seen him in a few weeks and even then, I wasn't allowed to talk to him much when he came to my school. It was nice to see him again.
"When I went on my unofficial earlier this season, I didn't get to meet Coach (Robert) Anae because he was out of town. I got to see him before the game this time. I also got to see Kyle Quinn and he talked to me about the coaches and some other random stuff."
Whenever a recruit is on campus, the coaches are hoping that the environment makes a good impression on that player and his family. The Arizona coaches seem to have done just fine with Alsadek and his family.
"Everyone there was really nice and I could tell that they all loved the game," Alsadek said. "The fans were great and the players were all amazing. It was just such a nice environment. My mom was even impressed with how nice everyone was."
The environment was something Alsadek wanted to see first hand and he came away impressed with the fans and the atmosphere at Arizona Stadium.
"There isn't a pro team in Tucson, so I know that the University is a big part of the town," Alsadek said. "I was on the field and looking into the stands. It was just crazy and so much fun."
"The atmosphere on the field was just amazing. It was wild and it just got better as the game went along."
Alsadek also got his first taste of the Haka that Arizona does before each game and is excited to be performing it himself next season.
"I got to see the Haka and that was really exciting," Alsadek said. "I can't wait to get in and learn it next year. I think it's a nice little ritual that Arizona has and everyone has to have something. I really liked it."
A week after his visit, Arizona toppled Pac-12 giant USC in an upset for the ages. Alsadek was watching the game nervously as the Wildcats battled back and forth with the Trojans.
"The USC game was probably the most fun game I've ever watched," he said. "The way that it ended was so amazing. I was so happy that they won. The team played amazing and just kept at it."