5 JC signees

The University of Arizona signed five players to mid-year letters of intent and will welcome the group for the start of the second semester Jan. 14 and spring practice beyond.

The group focuses on immediate needs at linebacker and to bolster the offensive line. Arizona lost two starting linebackers and its starting left tackle and feel these players can contend next year, especially with the work they'll get in the program starting with winter strength conditioning and spring ball

The Cats signed three offensive linemen and two linebackers, all from the junior college ranks. One, linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka, signed a letter last February but detoured for the fall studies at Phoenix College.

UA signed pairs of teammates -- linemen Mike Diaz and Phillips Garcia,from Cerritos Community College in Norwalk, Calif., and linebacker Sterling Lewis and lineman Herman Hallt from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. Tuihalamaka joins his cousin, freshman linebacker Apaiata Tuihalamaka, who redshirted last year at UA.

UA's Mid-Year 2007 Football Signees
Name Pos Ht Wt Cl Hometown (High School/JC)
Mike Diaz OL 6-5 330 Jr. Montebello, Calif. (Schurr/Cerritos C.C
Phillip Garcia OL 6-8 330 Jr. Montebello, Calif. (Schurr/Cerritos CC)
Herman Hall OL 6-3 310 Jr. Houston, Texas (Fort Bend Bush/Blinn College
Sterling Lewis LB 6-1 230 Jr. Copperas Cove, Texas (CCHS/Blinn College)
Vuna Tuihalamaka LB 6-2 220 Jr. Inglewood, Calif. (Hawthorne/El Camino CC)

Mike Diaz, Offensive Lineman
First-team all-conference as a sophomore tackle and unanimous first-team All Mission Conference Northern Division in 2006… At Schurr High School he was named 1st –team All-Almont League on offense as a senior after earning all-league on both sides of the ball as a sophomore and junior…

Phillip Garcia, Offensive Lineman
Named 2nd Team All-Mission Conference Northern Division in 2006… Injured half way through senior year otherwise was en route to similar honors as soph… Teamed with high school teammate Mike Diaz to help anchor the offensive line…

Herman Hall, Offensive Lineman
All SWJCFC honorable mention in 2007 on 7-3 squad… Blinn won NJCAA national title in 2006…Played with fellow mid-year recruit Sterling Lewis…

Sterling Lewis, Linebacker
First-team all-defense Southwest Junior College Football Conference in 2007 as an outside linebacker for the Buccaneers … Had 61 tackles, 11tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three recoveries, an interception and a blocked punt in 2007…

Vuna Tuihalamaka, Linebacker
First-team J.C. Grid-Wire All-America in 2006 as sophomore at California state juco champion El Camino Community College… Mission Conference national division Defensive Player of the Year, 1st-team inside linebacker… Finished third in the Mission Conference with 97 tackles in 10 games, plus two sacks. 2nd in league with 45 solo hits…

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