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Arizona reaches into Texas for linebacker

Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:53 pm
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Arizona has had recruiting success in Texas thanks in large part to head coach Mike Stoops' ties with coaches around the Lone Star state built up when he was at Oklahoma. Things paid off once again Sunday evening as Klein (Texas) linebacker A.J. Hilliard decided to head west for college football with a commitment to the Wildcats.

"I just woke up today and I just wanted to pull that trigger," Hilliard told Rivals. "I had to talk to my dad a lot, talk to my brother and some more family. I knew I for sure wanted to do it after that."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker gives Arizona a much-needed defender with the size and speed to play early on in the Pac-12. Hilliard held offers from Louisville, Michigan State, West Virginia and others but was impressed with the direction Arizona was heading.

"I was just amazed by all the things they were installing," he said. "There are new facilities and the jumbotron they're getting is probably like third in the nation. All the facilities are new and kept up really well. All the people I met there were really nice like the coaching staff and the strength coach."

Hilliard racked up 101 tackles and two interceptions last season. He is the 13th commitment for the Wildcats and the only linebacker as part of the class
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