Eric Tetlow is waiting to see if an offseason of hard work and improvement can give him one of the opportunities he most covets.
The offensive tackle from Richmond (Va.) Godwin has two schools in mind that he'd like to receive scholarship offers from before he makes his college decision.
“I really like Florida State, the whole tradition down there with (former) Coach [Bobby] Bowden and the stadium, the history of Florida State and what Coach [Jimbo] Fisher is doing with the program,” the 6-foot-6, 300-pound prospect said. “[Offensive line] Coach [Rick] Trickett is a legend himself, just what he does with the offensive line is really cool. I'd love it there. Vanderbilt, I'd love to. I'm kind of waiting on those two to narrow down my list and take my visits.”
Tetlow said he believes both schools are close to offering him a scholarship. He certainly is informed, thanks to visiting with recruiters and scouting the internet.
“They told me they had a top four and I'm in the top four,” Tetlow said, referring to Florida State's coaches assessment of their offensive linemen they are recruiting. “I'm pretty sure one of them was Laremy Tunsil, then he kind of ruled out Florida State. I know the other one is Denver Kirkland down in Florida. I'm not sure who the other kid is, but Coach Trickett likes me a lot. I did real well at the camp.”
Kirkland may be the key. He's still considering Florida State, along with Miami and South Florida. Tunsil is down to Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
The other school Tetlow is waiting for has even more of a scholarship crunch. Yet Tetlow is still hoping Vandy will offer him a scholarship.
“Vanderbilt is real close,” Tetlow said. “They're being real tedious with what they do because they're only taking one, maybe two (offensive linemen), this year. I know they have a couple of offers out. I know some of those kids have shown interest elsewhere. They want to see some film. They've kept in close contact.”
Tetlow, who has scholarship offers from Boston College, East Carolina, Maryland, Navy, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Purdue, South Florida, Temple, Wake Forest, Arizona State and Richmond, knows Florida State and Vandy are waiting for video from his senior season. He feels certain that recruiters will like what they see.
“I feel like I'm a completely different football player now,” Tetlow said. “I worked with a speed coach. He's improved my 40-time by .03 of a second. I've worked with an offensive lineman that plays with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kyle Joley. We've been working on technique and I hit a lot of the camps this past spring and summer.”
Tetlow said he's been to at least six camps this summer. He's also been to four combines.
“All the technique coaching from the different coaches has really helped,” he said. “I try to take something from each coach and add it to my game. It's helped a lot. I've already noticed in the practices that we've had that I already feel more explosive, a whole lot stronger, a whole lot quicker.”
Tetlow received another offer he coveted last week when Arizona State stepped up. Like Florida State and Vanderbilt, it's one he's been waiting on.
“Got some work to do on them but I know it's a pretty good school,” he said of Sun Devils.
Clearly, some schools aren't waiting to see Tetlow this fall. They're ready to have him on campus now, particularly South Florida.
“Probably the most would be USF,” Tetlow said when asked who was recruiting him the hardest. “It seems like I get five hand written letters from them a day. They're recruiting me very hard. I get a lot of mail from Pitt, Maryland, Boston College, Wake Forest. I get a lot of mail from everyone.”
While Tetlow is expected to play tackle in college, he can also do more.
“I can play guard. I can play center. I'm the backup long snapper,” he said. “I can snap shotgun too. I'm real versatile.”
Tetlow said he'll take official visits, but only two. Those will be decided after he hears from Vanderbilt and Florida State. Then, he'll announce his decision by the end of September or early October.