October 11, 2012

Tetlow nearing big decision

Richmond (Va.) Mills E. Godwin offensive tackle Eric Tetlow's recruitment is winding down.

The 6-foot-6 and 294-pound Commonwealth product, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, wants to take official visits Saturday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 27, but is unsure of where to. He will commit to a school by the end of the month.

"I'm kind of thinking in the group of maybe like Pitt, BC, Florida State, maybe Maryland," Tetlow said. "I'm still waiting to see what Florida State and Vanderbilt are going to do. I'm going to try to finish up my film. I've been so busy this weekend. I've been really having trouble finishing up my film on my half season and ready to send it out to those two schools and after that decide where to take two more officials."

He hopes to send out his film in the next couple of days, and will give the Seminoles and Commodores a week to decide if they are going to offer him a scholarship or not.

What those schools decide to do will likely play a major factor in where Tetlow decides to take those two official visits.

Wake Forest offensive line coach Jonathan Himebauch had breakfast with Tetlow's position coach, Ben Rowden, Tuesday, Oct. 10. Rowden helped at Wake's football camps in the summer. Himebauch then met with Tetlow's head coach.

"It's [Tetlow's relationship with Himebauch] helped a lot," Tetlow said. "I know at some schools the o-line coaches will put on a show when they're talking to your parents and talking to you, and then when they get out there they're a completely different person, but I really like Coach Hime, because he is who he is all the time. He's very laid back. He's very nice. He's very understanding."

"I really like his teaching style. He was explaining to me how got his degree in teaching, and knows all the different learning styles, so he tries to approach the film room and schemes with both types of teaching styles and different ways, because it's different how people learn. I thought that was pretty cool, and he's just a real cool guy."

Tetlow took an official visit to Wake Forest Saturday, Sept. 29.

"I really liked the [official] visit to Wake," Tetlow said. "I went to Wake Forest back in June, and really enjoyed it. [I] sat down with Coach [Jim] Grobe for 45 minutes, talked to him forever. Coming back for the official was a lot of fun. It was a little rough in the beginning, because the previous Friday we had just lost a heartbreaker to our rival. They came back to win after we went up at halftime, and Wake Forest had the same thing happen to them by Duke. It was a little unfortunate that that happened. I saw a lot of similarities in my game and the Wake Forest game."

"Once the rain subsided a little bit I got to hang out with the players, and the dinner was awesome eating with the coaches and different players, just seeing what life would be like on the campus. The next day I met with the academic advisor and got some of my questions answered and talked with Coach Grobe and Coach Hime. They told me how they feel about me and where they stand with me. I just kind of took it in. I really enjoyed the visit. I feel like I could fit in there. I really like the people. I really like the school. I really like the campus. I like Wake Forest a lot."

"Coach Grobe, he was just talking in general like if we could bring you off the shelf right away and put you in that would be great, but you know that's not necessarily what we want to do. We just play the best players that we have. And then talking to Coach Hime he's talking to me about how he's thinking I'll be the right tackle, because they have a lot of left-handed quarterbacks. He really, really wants me, because he thinks he could plug me in really anywhere."

Tetlow has played every position on the offensive line this season. He goes wherever the need is greatest upfront for Mills E. Godwin.

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