In-state lineman liking the Cats

It is no surprise that Arizona needs to add a few offensive linemen in the 2008 recruiting class. Although they are fairly young overall, they need to bolster depth, especially after not adding a lineman in the 07 class. It is also no surprise that the Wildcats have tried to keep the best in-state linemen home.

Zach Schlink is one of those linemen. Schlink already has an offer from the Wildcats and hails from the same high school that produced Wildcats running back Terry Longbons.

"Arizona was the first to recruit me," Schlink said.

Right now the 6-4, 280 pounder from Centennial High School in Peoria is boasting offers from the Wildcats, ASU, Oregon State, Colorado State, San Diego State and Nevada, while getting letters from a lot of other schools.

Right now he wants to stay in the west, but does have family in the east and Midwest and says he would consider some of the "bigger" programs away from home like Michigan and Ohio State.

He has already been to Tucson on an unofficial visit and plans on attending the Wildcats' camp over the summer. His lead recruiter is Tim Kish and so far the entire staff has made a good impression on him.

"I really like how coach Stoops is changing the program," Schlink said. "They should be a great team next year. "I like the new offensive line coach (Bill Bedenbaugh) they just from Texas Tech," Schlink continued. "I really like the way they have been treating me"

Right now Schlink does not have a timetable for making a decision. He feels he has a lot to learn about the various schools and wants to make sure he has all the information before making a decision. Right now he is still sending letters out and will attend the Scout and Nike Combines over the spring and summer.

"In the end I'll just go wherever I feel comfortable," Schlink said. "I don't plan on making an early decision but you never know if the right school comes along."

Right now he is working out with his team trying to get stronger and faster. Once summer comes Schlink takes it upon himself to keep the troops motivated.

"Once summer comes we'll workout on our own," Schlink explained. "I try to organize the linemen and keep working our drills. I also found this little mountain that we will run."

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