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Saturday, February 23, 2013
OT Friekh is another Arizona standout

By Erik McKinney

The 2014 recruiting class in the state of Arizona might feature more talent at the top and a deeper pool of standout players across the board than any class produced by the Grand Canyon State in recent memory.

Several players at each position will battle to be named the top player at their respective spot in both Arizona and the West region. At offensive tackle, one of those top talents is Layth Friekh (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial).

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound tackle is well known throughout the Pac-12. He already holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Utah and Washington. All five programs are already making a big push for Friekh, and he had the opportunity to attend junior days at both in-state schools, as well as Washington.

"They all had some really good things about them," Friekh said. "Right now they're all kind of equal."

Because it's such a strong year for talent in Arizona, both the Wildcats and Sun Devils are working hard to keep the local recruits from leaving the state. Arizona might have a leg up in the early going, as the Wildcats hold a commitment from Watch List wide receiver Cameron Denson (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic).

"Cameron Denson is already committed to Arizona and he wants to get all the best players to go with him there," Friekh said. "But I'm open to any school and will give them all a fair chance, because I want to go to the best place for me. I want to go somewhere that I can make an impact early on and get some playing time my freshman year. I want to see how many players they send to the NFL and what kind of offense they run."

Friekh said he sees himself playing in something of an up-tempo, fast-paced, spread offense, which has become the norm in the Pac-12.

Every program recruiting Friekh is doing so as a left tackle, which is the position he set out to play when he began the sport, in fourth grade.

"When I first started playing, my coach said I was going to play offensive line," Friekh said. "They told me the left tackle makes the most money in the NFL, so that's what I went with."

At this point, outside of the Los Angeles Nike Combine and Camp on March 9 and 10, as well as local linemen camps close to home, Friekh is unsure if he will attend any school camps this summer. Depending on what happens with his offer sheet over the next few months, it could be a quick recruiting process for Friekh, who said he could commit in July, around his birthday, if he is satisfied with all the schools that extend offers by that time. Though, if he feels more could be on the way, Friekh said he could also wait to give all interest schools a chance to enter the picture.