Cerritos Junior College offensive lineman Phillip Garcia came in to Arizona committed to Kansas State and he left committed but wondering. Garcia wanted to use his visit to Tucson as an informational trip and he accomplished that goal.
"I wanted to see if I could fit in and if I liked it," Garcia said. "And if I felt comfortable and what kind of an impact I could make and how soon. I wanted to see if I went in there if I could help make them a better team next year. They are good already."
Garcia admits that he is very intrigued by the offensive scheme. He thinks that he could fit in at Arizona due to similarities to the scheme he runs at Cerritos. He also admits that he would have some learning to do if he were to come to Arizona.
"I think I could go in and compete for the left tackle spot next year," he said. "I have a lot of work to do for the offensive scheme, but I feel comfortable with what they do. It is really similar to what we have done at my JC level. There would be some adjustment, but I like the technique the offensive line uses."
While in Tucson Garcia said that he feels he got along really well with the Wildcats' OL coach Bill Bedenbaugh and he admits that he would not mind at all to play for a coach like him.
"I like Coach Bedenbaugh a lot," he admitted. "I like a lot of the coaches I have met so far and he is one of the better ones. I like how he runs things with the line and I like how he coaches technique within the system. He is a guy that I could see myself play for, he is a good coach."
Obviously the best part of the visit for Garcia was the game and the crowd rushing the field after the Wildcats beat 2nd ranked Oregon.
"It was a great game," he said. "The way everybody rushed the field and that was crazy. I was running onto the field too so I would get trampled."
Garcia said that he is still committed to Kansas State but that he has some thinking and comparing to do. His teammate and friend Mike Diaz visited this week with him and Diaz pulled the trigger and committed to the Cats.
"A lot of schools dropped off of me because of my injury," he said. "I had ACL repair surgery a few weeks ago so a lot of schools dropped away. I am still committed to Kansas State but I could change my mind. Kansas State runs a more complex offense than Arizona does but I will not be able to go in at either place and compete in the spring because of my rehab. It does make a difference having Mike go to Arizona, a little difference. We have played together in high school and in junior college and we have always talked about going to the next level together."
Garcia is a December graduate and will enroll at the school of his choice in January.
Stick with WildcatInsider.com for the latest as Garcia and the rest of the Wildcats' top targets try and make their decisions.