Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
Mateos and Pittman double team O-lineman
Several months before his scholarship offer from Arkansas on Feb. 8, junior offensive lineman Tyler Carr communicated with offensive line graduate assistant Eric Mateos.
“He followed me on Twitter and I shot him a message,” said Carr, who was told of his offer from offensive line coach Sam Pittman. “He seems like he’s wanting to work his way up as a college offensive line coach someday. He was kind of like my my inside guy and helped me get recruited by Arkansas. He hooked me up with coach Pittman. He’s been real great to me.”
Carr, 6-5, 320, 5.2 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Southside, Alabama also has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Penn State. He’s rated the nation’s No. 30 offensive tackle by ESPN and No. 300 overall prospect.
Pittman and Carr began communicating on Twitter on signing day.
“He’s been great, he’s been messaging me since signing day,” Carr said. “Coach Pittman and myself have been building that relationship. I really like him so far from what I’ve seen and talked to him. He was telling me to come out and see him. He told me I could visit whenever I wanted to “
Carr expects Pittman to visit his school during the the spring evaluation that starts April 15 and ends May 31.
“He said he was actually going to come out and see me in May when they can get back out and visit schools,” Carr said. “He said he’ll come out twice and see me. I told him I would probably come out in May or June after spring training and during the summer. I can usually find some time in there.”
He’s focused on a couple things when choosing a school.
“The offensive line coach is a really big deal and the atmosphere at the school and the overall feeling,” said Carr, who has a 300 pound bench press, 475 squat and has recorded a 4.65 seconds in the pro-shuttle. “Those are the two big things for me.”
Carr told Pittman he’s not locked into Alabama or Auburn.
“It’s not necessarily about in-state schools,” Carr said. “It’s about the school that’s going to best fit me for the next four years of my life. That’s kind of the way I’m looking at it and trying to find the school that’s going to fit me.”
His father played rugby while attending Auburn and has encouraged him to explore his options.
“He always told me there’s a big world out there and he’s given me the opportunity and taken me to a lot of places," Carr said. "He’s helped me realize I’m going to have to be there for four years. Auburn and Alabama are great schools and so is Arkansas. I have a feeling I would really like to get down there and see it . So it’s all up in the air right now as far as what’s going to suit me best. It will come down to what ever school I feel the most comfortable at.”