The Grand Canyon State of Arizona is home once again for one of the west's best if not one of the nation's top offensive line prospect in Zach Schlink (6-4.5, 4.98) from Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial.
Schlink earned all-Arizona, all-state, all-area and all-region as a junior. Of particular interest, the other all-Arizona first-team offensive tackle was USC bound five-star offensive tackle Kristofer O'Dowd.
Schlink was in good company with O'Dowd who many think was the best offensive lineman west of the Mississippi.
On the recruiting front, Schlink has nine offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, Colorado, Colorado State, San Diego State, Utah and Nevada.
"The whole Pac 10 is looking at Zach," Centennial coach Richard Taylor said. "Florida, Michigan and Ohio State are also taking a long look.
"Zach is a good student and works hard at everything he does," Taylor said. "What colleges really like about Zach is there are no issues. He has good grades and you can't get him out of the weight room.
"Zach comes from a great family. His dad is a pretty good athlete who was the state's heavyweight wrestling champion when he was in high school.
"Zach is very aggressive, quick for a big man and passionate about football," Taylor said. "He's a real leader and he's not afraid to say run the ball behind and we'll get it when it's fourth and two. He's also a very good pass blocker and I expect him to be even better.
"Zach is exactly what you want in a lineman," Taylor said. "He's sweet and gentle off the field and a Mr. Hyde on the field. He's not happy merely blocking a guy, but he wants to bury him in the ground and finish him.
"Another thing you have to love about Zach is he's only 16 years old, so he could still be growing," Taylor said. "Doctors say he may grow to be 6-foot-7.
Schlink has no favorites at this time. He wants to take his time to weigh his options. Good thing too, Schlink could be one of those guys who could end up with 30 or more offers before it's done.