Sherman can't wait to play

When Zeonte Sherman signs his Letter of Intent to play football for the University of Arizona on Wednesday it will be a reward for all of his hard work and perseverance. Sherman has done everything he has needed to do to earn a Pac-10 scholarship and will be a factor for spring ball.

It's been a long road to Division I football for Zeonte Sherman. The defensive back from Pinellas, Florida has worked very hard to get to where he is at. He first went to Garden City CC, before eventually settling at Arizona Western in Yuma. On Wednesday the journey will be complete, as he signs a Letter of Intent to enroll at Arizona in January.

"Oh yeah, I'm excited," Sherman told Cat Tracks. "It's taken a lot of hard work. I'll be there in January."

The appeal of playing in the Pac-10 is what eventually attracted Sherman to Arizona. With the high quality of receivers in the conference, Sherman will get the challenge that he craves.

"I can't wait to play in the Pac-10," said Sherman. "Every week you play someone big. You look at the receiver at Washington (Reggie Williams) or the receivers at USC. Every week you face someone who's big time."

Sherman really likes the school and likes the fact that he will be in the hunt for playing time right away. He said Arizona coaches have discussed the possibility of him playing either corner back or strong safety. Either way, he'll be in the mix when spring football starts in March.

Like many players, Sherman wondered about the reported problems between Coach John Mackovic and a group of players. He, like many recruits, said that any worries he had were alleviated by the current players and a sit down with Coach Mackovic himself. Sherman claims that many of the problems were due to the fact that older players were accustomed to former Coach Dick Tomey and didn't get used to Mackovic's style.

"Coach Mackovic was in the NFL where only the position coaches talk to the players," said Sherman. "I can't speak first hand but things get said in the heat of the moment."

Sherman is a heady player who describes himself as competitive, and he expects to win immediately.

"I'm a sore loser," confessed Sherman. "I hate to lose. I hope we can feed off of that."


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