Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Texas O-lineman anxious to check out Hogs
Offensive and defensive lineman Sam Tecklenburg plans to visit Arkansas on Saturday.
Offensive and defensive lineman Sam Tecklenburg will see the Arkansas campus for the second time and get a chance to look at the football program for the first time when he visits on Saturday.
“We went by there just see the campus a few years ago when we were on vacation,” Tecklenburg said. “But I’ve never really seen the football side of it though.”
Tecklenburg, 6-4, 260 pounds of Plano, Texas, reports scholarship offers from SMU, Tulsa, Texas Tech, Connecticut, Arkansas State and Wake Forest while the Hogs are showing interest. Video highlights CLICK HERE
He has impressive strength with a 345 pound bench press and nice agility with a 4.39 pro-shuttle time.
“Most of the offers that I have are for defense,” Tecklenburg said. “Texas Tech and Arkansas State are the only offers that I believe that for the offensive line. Really doesn’t matter to me, I just want to play.”
He said running backs coach Joel Thomas visited his school during the contact period in January. The Hogs are recruiting him to play on the offensive line.
Tecklenburg, who has visited Baylor and Tulsa, has a 3.74 grade point average. Livability, football and education will help decide his college destination.
“Have to convince me that I’ll be happy just living there four to five years,” Tecklenburg said. “As well as the football program, a good academic school. I feel like Arkansas fits those things will be interesting to see what happens this weekend.”
His father, Kerry played fullback and linebacker at North Texas State for two years before transferring to Texas Tech where racked up 112 tackles in two seasons at linebacker. The younger Tecklenburg is no stranger to Razorback football.
“I’ve grown up watching them on TV,” Tecklenburg said. “I feel like I know who they are and have an idea in my head about Arkansas football. It just seems like a really nice place to go check out. It’s a great program, a great school.”