June 4, 2012

Tetlow's busy weekend

From Richmond to Winston-Salem to Blacksburg and back Eric Tetlow and his family traveled Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 for camps at Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.

"I really enjoyed the visit [to Wake]," Tetlow said. "I really enjoyed talking with all of the coaches and seeing the opportunities that I would have there. All of the opportunities that I have … it's nice."

He received special attention from Wake Forest offensive line coach Jonathan Himebauch, who is recruiting him for the Demon Deacons.

"We can really relate, and I think it's because his personality is really close to my offensive coach, my o-line coach, his personality," Tetlow said. "I almost can kind of connect with Coach Hime immediately. I think we have a real good relationship. He was trying to show me how he does things in his way. I really like the way he does things, the way he coaches and it was cool to be able to work with him and then talk with him and see what his feedback is and what my feedback is. We have a real good relationship."

The Mills E. Godwin lineman added the Deacs did not push him for a commitment.

"Talking to [Head] Coach [Jim] Grobe, talking to Coach Hime, they both said take your time," Tetlow said. "We don't want to push you, visit the schools, weigh your options, weigh your pros and cons, he said they would always love to have me, but see where you feel the most comfortable. I really like that about Wake Forest. They're real up front, real honest."

Frank Beamer was also up front with Tetlow during the 6-foot-6, 294-pound offensive tackle's trip to Virginia Tech. Tetlow said the head Hokie told him he is going to talk with his coaching staff and watch more film the next couple of days before making decision.

"He [Beamer] said it's a numbers game right now," Tetlow said. "They're only going to offer one more [offensive] lineman. They don't have any other offers out. He said I'm high up on the list and he likes me a lot, so hopefully something good comes soon; sooner rather than later. Overall I thought I had a very good day."

Tetlow, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, said he showed his competitiveness at Wake Forest.

"I had a lot of fun during the one-on-ones," Tetlow said. "Honestly I felt like I dominated at the Wake Forest camp on the one-on-ones. That was a nice feeling that I could dominate there. My highlight at [Va.] Tech was probably just getting more attention than some of the other recruits, just having the ability for coaches to know who I am and want to see what I can do. It was nice to know that they're considering me highly."

"He [Va. Tech running backs coach Shane Beamer] said that [Va. Tech offensive guards and centers] Coach [Curt] Newsome was thrilled with my performance today."

The Commonwealth product plans to camp at Miami (Fla.) June 10, Florida State June 15, and may visit another school June 26.

He claims scholarship offers from Boston College, East Carolina, Navy, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Temple, UNC-Charlotte and Wake Forest, and is also receiving interest from Maryland, Michigan State, Virginia and West Virginia.

Tetlow hopes to narrow his list of schools down in late July and may choose a school before the beginning of the season, so he can focus on his senior year. He said every school that is interested in him has a shot, and is not sure how he would rank the schools that are pursuing him.

"The coaches that have seen me work out are very impressed with how much I've already changed as a player from junior film to the kind of player that I am now," Tetlow said. "Specifically Coach Hime and [Boston College offensive line] Coach [Jim] Bolling when they saw me work out they really liked my hips and my explosiveness and the way I bend and my stance. They say I have great footwork. I keep getting better."

He listed smart, coachable, the ability to quickly pick things up mentally and a strong work-ethic as some of his strengths.

"You can always get better at something," Tetlow said. "I always try to get better no matter what I do."

Tetlow added he saw personal improvement in his performance during one-on-one competitions at Virginia Tech after struggling in that category last summer in Blacksburg.

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