JUCO Lineman excited for Zona trip

After the conclusion of the 2004 football season the Wildcats will lose two current starters along the offensive line in senior left tackle Chris Johnson and senior center Keoki Fraser. The Cats will also miss 6th year senior right tackle Brandon Phillips, who is currently injured and may not play again this season.

Even though they are red shirting the five line signees from the 2003 class, the Cats coaching staff is still looking to fill the roster with as much talent along the line as possible.

So far the Wildcat staff has gotten verbal commitments from five solid linemen from the high school ranks and are looking to add one more lineman, this time form the JUCO ranks.

This weekend the Cat coaches will host one of the best JUCO offensive linemen in the nation in Yuba College standout Adam Hawes.

"I am definitely excited for my visit," said the 6-foot-5 inch, 290 pound tackle. "I am going down to Tucson with my parents and my girlfriend is making the trip also. We are all looking forward to it. I am a natural tackle and that is what they are recruiting me as."

Coming out of high school Hawes was not highly rated or highly recruited but he says that he ahs improved greatly since his high school days and he has reasons for his improvement.

"I think that the coaching I have gotten and my work ethic are the biggest reasons for my improvement," he said. "If I went to Arizona I know that I would get great coaching also. The entire staff at Arizona is real intense and they are all very personable. They all have great work ethic and they pass that on to their players."

While he likes the entire staff, Hawes says that his would be position coach really sticks out in his mind.

"Coach Wolf is an incredibly intense guy," he said. "I really like that about him. When I visited Arizona unofficially over the summer I got to see his coaching style and he is a great coach. On the field he is real intense and that is the coaching that I like."

As a freshman Hawes was named 1st Team All Mid-Empire Conference for his play at Yuba College, which is in Marysville, California.

Even though Hawes will take other visits in the future he says that he does have one clear leader going into his visit to Tucson.

"Arizona is definitely my leader," he said.

Cattracks will have an update from Hawes on how his trip went after weekend.

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