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The Arizona Wildcats need help on the defensive line right now, and they used some local knowledge to land a graduate transfer tackle.

Aaron Blackwell, who played for new Arizona defensive line coach Stan Eggen at New Mexico, announced Saturday on Twitter he will be a Wildcat. The decision comes after the Blackwell -- who played at Liberty High School in Peoria and Mesa Community College -- was granted a medical redshirt after playing in only one game last season.

"Been an insane ride, and I am beyond excited to finish things of back in my home state, Thank God for everything and always trust in his plan!" he wrote on Twitter.

Blackwell, 6-foot-3, 298 pounds, was honorable mention All-Mountain West in 2018 and a Lobos team captain last season, when he suffered an injury to his right knee in the season-opener. He made 10 tackles, with 3.5 for loss, in 2018, when he played in 11 games and started the last four at nose tackle.

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Blackwell posted 29 tackles, including four for loss and two sacks, as a sophomore in 2017, when he started all 12 games.

Arizona could use as many big bodies as possible for its interior defensive line as it is likely to switch to a three-man front as its base under new coordinator Paul Rhoads. Senior-to-be Trevon Mason (310 pounds) returns inside, as did senior Myles Tapusoa, among others, but Blackwell clearly sees opportunity in 2020 -- and he's not wrong.