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Mid-year 07 FB signees
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 20, 2007
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TUCSONˇ?The University of Arizona signed five players to mid-year letters of intent and will welcome the group for the start of the second semester Jan. 14 and spring practice beyond.


The group focuses on immediate needs at linebacker and to bolster the offensive line. Arizona lost two starting linebackers and its starting left tackle and feel these players can contend next year, especially with the work theyˇ?ll get in the program starting with winter strength conditioning and spring ball


The Cats signed three offensive linemen and two linebackers, all from the junior college ranks. One, linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka, signed a letter last February but detoured for the fall studies at Phoenix College.


UA signed pairs of teammates --? linemen Mike Diaz and Phillips Garcia,from Cerritos Community College in Norwalk, Calif., and linebacker Sterling Lewis and lineman Herman Hallt from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. Tuihalamaka joins his cousin, freshman linebacker Apaiata Tuihalamaka, who redshirted last year at UA.


UAˇ?s Mid-Year 2007 Football Signees

Name??????????????????????? Pos????? Ht???????? Wt???? Cl?????? Hometown (High School/JC)

Mike Diaz????????????????? OL?????? 6-5?????? 330??? Jr.????? Montebello, Calif. (Schurr/Cerritos C.C

Phillip Garcia?????????????OL???????6-8?????? 330??? Jr.????? Montebello, Calif. (Schurr/Cerritos CC)???

Herman Hall????????????? OL?????? 6-3?????? 310??? Jr.????? Houston, Texas (Fort Bend Bush/Blinn College

Sterling Lewis???????????LB????????6-1?????? 230??? Jr.????? Copperas Cove, Texas (CCHS/Blinn College)

Vuna Tuihalamaka??? LB??????? 6-2?????? 220??? Jr.????? Inglewood, Calif. (Hawthorne/El Camino CC)


Mike Diaz, Offensive Lineman

First-team all-conference as a sophomore tackle and unanimous first-team All Mission Conference Northern Division in 2006ˇ? At Schurr High School he was named 1st??Cteam All-Almont League on offense as a senior after earning all-league on both sides of the ball as a sophomore and juniorˇ?

Phillip Garcia, Offensive Lineman

Named 2nd?Team All-Mission Conference Northern Division in 2006ˇ? Injured half way through senior year otherwise was en route to similar honors as sophˇ? Teamed with high school teammate Mike Diaz to help anchor the offensive lineˇ?

Herman Hall, Offensive Lineman

All SWJCFC honorable mention in 2007 on 7-3 squadˇ? Blinn won NJCAA national title in 2006ˇ?Played with fellow mid-year recruit Sterling Lewisˇ?

Sterling ?Lewis, Linebacker

First-team all-defense Southwest Junior College Football Conference in 2007 as an outside linebacker for the Buccaneers ˇ? Had 61 tackles, 11tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three recoveries, an interception and a blocked punt in 2007ˇ?

Vuna Tuihalamaka, Linebacker

First-team J.C. Grid-Wire All-America in 2006 as sophomore at California state juco champion El Camino Community Collegeˇ? Mission Conference national division Defensive Player of the Year, 1st-team inside linebackerˇ? Finished third in the Mission Conference with 97 tackles in 10 games, plus two sacks. 2nd?in league with 45 solo hitsˇ?


PHOTO FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Diaz, Garcia, Hall, Lewis and Tuihalamaka


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