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: Valley View’s Cole Littrell
On Wednesdays, we feature an in-state prospect who could be flying under the radar of college coaches. This week's UTR prospect is Valley View’s Cole Littrell.
Position: Offensive line
Size: 6-3, 285 pounds
Academics: 3.8 GPA, 25 ACT
Weight room: 300-pound bench press, 300-pound power clean, 485-pound squat
Stats: Helped the Blazers finish with more than 3,300 yards of total offense as a junior
Interest: Arkansas State, Arkansas Tech and Harding
Coach Sean Cockrell:
"I think he’s still growing. He’s real big in the legs and in the butt. A real good squat and power clean guy. He’s played guard and tackle and we’re even talking about moving him to center some because he’s not the 6-5, 6-6 guy, but he’s 6-2 1/2 to 6-3. He’s carrying about 285 (pounds) right now and really trying to get his body right.
"He’s just a physical, physical blocker. Moves pretty well. I just think he’s someone that no one has really heard of. We had a lot of skill guys that were pretty good last year and he kind of flew under the radar.”
Dead period, lack of college camps hampering recruitment:
“With him not being able to go to any camps this summer, I think that will hurt him a little bit because he wasn’t as known as some of these other guys. I talked to Arkansas State and they're definitely going to look at him because they saw him at their camp last year. I think along with his GPA and his ACT, they like that because they know they can get some academic stuff for him, too.”
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