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Hemmila hearing from schools

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Zach Hemmila will probably be one of the heaviest recruited offensive linemen out of Arizona next recruiting cycle and so the Chandler offensive guard is already trying to figure out which schools could be in contention for his services.
So far, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon State have verbally offered and many other programs are pursuing the 6-foot-3, 275-pound prospect.
He is supposed to visit Arkansas at some point and wants to get to USC and Arizona soon, too. Trips to Arizona State and some other Pac-10 schools are also in the works over the next couple months.
"I just want to see how the facilities are and how the academics are and I want to see if they have what I want for my future," Hemmila said.
An early decision is not expected as Hemmila said he'll probably wait until after his senior season to make his college choice but won't delay it all the way until National Signing Day.
Arkansas has done a lot of work with Arizona recruits - especially in the 2011 class - and the Razorbacks are back in that state to recruit top 2012 prospects. Offensive line coach Chris Klenakis has been in touch and Hemmila is looking at scheduling a trip to Fayetteville soon.
"I think I might be close to (an offer) from Arkansas and USC has been looking at me a lot," Hemmila said. "If I get an offer from an SEC school I hope more people would offer me after that.
"When (Klenakis) first came to my school I met him and I've been calling him and the coaches said they really like me."
USC has also been seriously pursuing Hemmila, who said he's talked with offensive line coach James Cregg and linebackers coach Joe Barry. Getting out to Los Angeles to see the USC campus seems like a priority for Hemmila. He'll also be at Arizona in early March and continues to hear from Arizona State as well.
"The offensive line coach, James Cregg, has been sending me stuff about their camps and I called Joe Barry a couple times and talked to him and so they seem interested, too," Hemmila said. "USC would be like a dream school to go to because everybody wants to go there."
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