Westgate makes the call

Sean Westgate decided he didn't need to wait. Although he is rated as the 43rd best safety in the nation, he wasn't getting a ton of Pac-10 offers. After today those other schools needn't worry.

"I heard from most of the Pac-10 schools, but Arizona was the only one to offer me," Westgate said. "The others said they were going to wait, but didn't want to take a chance and lose out on an offer like this to Arizona. It is the place for me. I didn't want to take any chances."

Westgate made an unofficial to Tucson and was impressed with everything that he saw.

"I loved everything about it," Westgate said. "I loved the campus, the coaches, the facilities, the resources that were available. I don't know what I was expecting, but whatever it was the trip passed all my expectations.

"The whole package just blew me away."

Westgate spent his day in Tucson checking out the whole package, but was most impressed with his interaction with the coaches.

"I went over film for 20 minutes with coach mark Stoops and I loved that," Westgate explained. "He showed me where I would play and what the schemes were. It was genius. It was impressive how much he knew and how much he could show me."

Westgate is a self professed film junky, so getting a chance to look at game film with his future position coach was a big deal.

Westgate can play either safety spot, but could very well start his Wildcat career at the nickel back spot.

Having a chance to work with the Stoops brothers was another huge draw for the Oak Park standout.

"It made a big difference," said Westgate. "To know that they are one of the best, if not the best defensive back coaches around, and me being a defensive back, that was a big deal. To know that I could be coached by those guys was a big deal to me."

Another aspect of the staff that impressed Westgate was the fact that he did not get the hard sell while in town.

119 tackles, 7 sacks, 26 hurries, and over 15 tackles for loss. Add to that two picks, a forced fumble and a pair of blocked kicks. He returned one of each for a score this past season, earning all-CIF honors and helping Oak Park to the CIF-SS finals.

"I am fast," Westgate said. "I make good reads and I fly to the ball."

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