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.
The Recruiting Guy:
UNDER THE RADAR: Salem’s Tyler Siddons
On Wednesdays, we feature an in-state prospect who could be flying under the radar of college coaches. This week's UTR prospect is Salem’s Tyler Siddons.
Position: Tight end/Defensive end
Height/Weight: 6-5, 248 pounds
40-Yard Dash 5.1 seconds
Weight Room: 255-pound bench press, 235-pound power clean, 335-pound squat
Interest: Henderson State, Arkansas-Monticello
Coach Josh Watson on Siddons:
“He just has a nasty streak in him when he’s blocking. Receiving-wise, he has some work to do there, but we’ve been a power-running team past two years, and he’s helped paved the way for a 2,000-yard rusher last year. He was just a sophomore and we were running the ball 40-50 times a game. I can see him turning into a tackle on the college level.”
Watson on how Siddons flourished during the second half of last season:
“This past year is his first year of varsity action. Halfway through the season, something just clicked. He battled through a broken hand. He played with a broken hand all through the playoffs. He’s just a tough kid. He moves fairly well straight ahead. Footwork could be a little better and that’s something we’re working on. He’ll get a lot of work on that the next couple of years. He’s still slender. He doesn’t look 248. He definitely has the frame to add weight.”
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