Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007.
SEC helps lineman's interest in Hogs
No other football conference in the nation gets the attention of prospects more than the SEC.
Offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton of Newport High School in Bellevue, Wash. recently added a scholarship offer from Arkansas and credits conference affiliation for interest in the Hogs.
“It’s an extremely competitive conference,” Throckmorton said. “That’s the thing that was really exciting too, was getting an offer from there.”
Throckmorton, 6-5, 280 pounds, 5.1 seconds in the 40-yard dash, also has scholarship offers from six other schools, including Washington, Washington State, Oregon and California. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Running backs coach Joel Thomas, who was an assistant coach at Washington prior to arriving in Fayetteville, along with offensive line coach Sam Pittman told Throckmorton of the offer.
“My thing is I’m going to try and visit as many schools as possible and if I can, I will do it and go visit Arkansas,” he said.
He liked what he heard from Pittman.
“He sounds like he’s very passionate about what he does,” Throckmorton said. “He knows what he wants in a player.”
Throckmorton, who has a 3.9 grade point average and is considering sports medicine as a major, said distance would be somewhat of an issue.
“But it’s not something that’s going to influence my decision all that much,” he said.
Throckmorton played on both sides of the ball and recorded 57 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 recorded fumbles and a sack at defensive tackle. He described his skill set at offensive tackle.
“I think most people see me as a very athletic, big guy that can move really well,” he said. “Has good hands, good feet, good technique and fundamentally sound. I think a lot of people say that I love space. I like to be out in space and pull and get on those second level guys.”