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Hemmila reacts to Arizona hire

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Zach Hemmila said he's excited about the hiring of Rich Rodriguez at Arizona but he wants to see what the new coach does with the existing assistant coaches before he reaches a final decision.
The four-star offensive lineman from Chandler, Ariz., said he hopes Rodriguez retains offensive line coach Robert Anae and defensive coordinator Tim Kish because Hemmila has developed a relationship with them.
"I think it's going to be a good change but I want to have a meeting with him and see what changes he's going to make and what he's going to do with the assistant coaches and see what he does and then I'll know more," Hemmila said.
"I'm looking to see if he changes coach Anae and coach Kish because those are two of my favorite coaches but if he has to change them I want to see who the new coaches are and see how that is but I won't know until he makes his final adjustments."
Hemmila, rated No. 12 at offensive guard in the 2012 class and sixth in the Arizona state rankings by Rivals.com, said Rodriguez's hiring wasn't a complete surprise because he and his father heard his name talked about in recent days. They even talked about Rodriguez on Monday.
"I heard his name around a lot," Hemmila said. "(Monday) my dad was looking at it and he said that's who everyone is thinking and then he got hired.
"I want to see about the staff because they made me feel at home and I want to know if it's a place I could play."
Even though Hemmila committed to the Wildcats in July, he is taking all his official visits with Colorado, Washington and San Diego State on the list. He'll also visit Arizona. His fifth trip is still being decided.
Hemmila has already taken an unofficial visit to Colorado and said he was so impressed with Boulder that he's planning a return trip.
"I liked it," he said. "I love the campus, I love the small town. The coaches are really cool. Even though they didn't do too well they're in the rebuilding stage right now."
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