Alsadek ready for the next step

Jacob Alsadek is excited for his future at Arizona. Read on for his thoughts on Robert Anae leaving, his new position coach, and much more.

Just weeks before signing day, the Arizona Wildcats were hit with a blow when Robert Anae opted to take an Offensive Coordinator position at BYU.

His departure left a vacancy at the offensive line coaching position. When Jim Michalczik joined the Arizona coaching staff late in January to fill the spot, there was at least one Wildcat that was excited about the hire.

Jacob Alsadek had been a long time Arizona commit when the coaching change happened, but never second-guessed his decision when Anae left Tucson.

When he found out that he was going to be coached by Michalczik, it reaffirmed his beliefs about the Wildcats.

"Cal was recruiting me for a while," Alsadek said when asked about Michalczik. "I really liked him a lot. I've heard a ton of great things about him and I'm very happy that he got hired. I really don't think that the hire could've gone better than that. I'm really excited for him to join us on this adventure.

"He comes from the NFL and he's a great coach. He has some players in the NFL and, obviously, that shows how good of a coach he is. I'm just really excited to work with him."

Alsadek signed his letter of intent to play football for the Wildcats on Wednesday morning at the San Diego Hall of Champions. His signature was faxed to the Arizona coaches and it became official. Alsadek is a Wildcat and he can't wait to get on campus.

"I can't wait to get the whole college feel," he said. "Being in high school is just so different. I've met some people that work with my dad that went to Arizona and they keep telling me how fun it is going to be.

"I'm just ready to see what it's like and just get into the college atmosphere and see what it's going to be like."

Alsadek committed to Arizona in late July. He had taken an unofficial a few months prior and wanted to feel things out before making his final decision.

In the end, Arizona was the place for the lineman and a defining moment in his recruitment came during a talk with Arizona Head Coach Rich Rodriguez.

"I knew that I wanted to go to Arizona around May," Alsadek said. "They were my second offer and I took an unofficial just a few days after they visited me at my school. When I was there, I met the coaches, including Coach Rodriguez.

"At the time I was somewhat unknown, but the coaches knew who I was. Coach Rodriguez told me, ‘We know that you're kind of unknown, but we see the talent in you and we believe that you can really help us out.' He offered me a scholarship and hearing that from him just made me so happy.

Him believing in me and the way that everyone really was like a family just meant a lot to me and I knew I wanted to go there."

Rodriguez wasn't the only coach that made an impact on Alsadek. The rest of the coaching staff, including Arizona's Recruiting Coordinator Matt Dudek, made a lasting impression on him.

"The coaching staff was really what makes Arizona stand out," he said. "The way they run things and the way they are is amazing. Some of the other coaches I talked to are just doing their jobs for a paycheck, but the coaches at Arizona really believe in what they are doing and care about it.

"They want to win. They want to win a championship. That's what I want to. I want to help Arizona win a National Championship. I want to help Arizona win the first Rose Bowl. I just believe that this coaching staff can truly make that happen."

The 6-foot-7, 325-pound lineman plans on studying business at the Eller Business College on the University of Arizona campus. He has heard plenty of good things about the school and wants to stay in the business field.

"They have a lot of students there, so that means they have a huge alumni base, which is really good for getting jobs after school. Arizona is just a great school in general and I'm looking forward to the business program, which is amazing."

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