Intriguing Tucson OL prospect

The Cats did not sign an offensive lineman in the 2007 recruiting class. Although they have a number of young blockers on the roster, the position is one of importance in the 2008 class. The Cats are in the process of evaluating offensive line prospects and one such player lives in the Old Pueblo.

One of the best in state line prospects is a southern Arizona native in Cienega (Vail, AZ) High School lineman Zach Davila. Davila made his way to the Wildcat campus yesterday for a brief unofficial visit and he liked his initials impressions of the staff and the school.

"It went great I thought," he commented. "I have obviously been there before but I went and I got to see much more this time. I really liked the facilities and the weight room. The weight room is awesome and it was nice to be able to see it all this time."

While on campus Davila got a chance to meet with both his lead recruiter, defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator Joe Robinson, and his prospective position coach, offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. According to Zach, both coaches have made a favorable impression on him.

"I like Coach Robinson," he said of his lead recruiter. "He is a cool guy and he is really easy and fun guy to talk to. Coach Bedenbaugh is the same way. He told me that he is changing the way they do things with the line and everything and everything is geared towards winning. I really like what he has planned for the program and for the line."

Although he has solely played on the defensive line at Cienega, he will go both ways in his senior season and he is being recruited for the offensive side of the ball by the Wildcats.

"I prefer defense but I am more than willing to play offense," he said. "I have always played defense but I am going to go both ways next year. I am looking forward to the challenge and trying new things."

So far early in the process Davila is without an official offer but he is getting plenty of attention from good schools.

"I am hearing from a few schools," he said. "Washington State, Colorado and Baylor and now recently I am starting to get some things from ASU. U of A is recruiting me more for the offensive line and all of the other schools are recruiting me more for the defensive line."

In the end his decision may come down to simply being comfortable with a school. From academics to a good feel for the coaching staff it is all important to Zach.

"Really I just want to feel comfortable with the school, with everything," he said. "In the end the academics is all that really matters to me. I was born and raised here so I have no problem with staying home and going to school here if that is what I wanted to do."

Zach Davila reports a 3.0 core GPA and an 850 on the SAT and said that he is going to retake the SAT later this spring. He will travel to Colorado for their Spring Game on April 13th. He also stated that he is planning on attending the Arizona Big Man Camp in early June. will have updates on Zach as he goes through the recruiting process.

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