December 24, 2012

Tetlow says no to UVA

Richmond (Va.) Mills E Godwin offensive tackle Eric Tetlow is comfortable at Wake Forest and is happy about the decision he made Thursday, Nov. 1 when he committed to the Demon Deacons, but that did not keep Virginia from trying to steal him away.

"It kind of came out of nowhere," Tetlow said. "After the Friday that Jim Reid and I know one other guy got fired from UVA, a bunch of coaches got fired."

"Coach [Scott] Wachenheim called me up that day and was like we had one kid de-commit and we had one o-lineman who got diagnosed with an enlarged heart and can't play anymore, so we have two more scholarship positions and we're having a staff meeting and I was wondering if I could bring up your name, so he did. He called me back and he offered me and I talked about it with my parents that night and I called him back and said no thanks."

Tetlow said he will remain a firm commitment to Wake even if Florida State or Vanderbilt offer him as scholarship.

The 6-foot-6 and 294-pound Commonwealth product did consider the Cavaliers, but his relationship with Jim Grobe and Jonathan Himebauch along with Wake Forest's smaller student body favored the Demon Deacons.

However, Wachenheim saw Tetlow exclusively as a guard, while he wants the opportunity to play every position on the offensive line.

"He [Himebauch] said right before I committed when I was on my official he said he could see the Fab Five, which is the five linemen coming in," Tetlow said.

"He laid down the line with Cory [Helms] at center, Taylor [Chambers] at left tackle and Cameron [Gardener] at left guard and Josh [Harris] at right guard and then he saw me at right tackle. He said that I'm athletic enough and quick enough to be able to play and protect the blindside [of left-handed quarterback Tanner Price], so that was pretty cool."

He plans to study business, law or a business-law combination at Wake with the dream of being an agent or a general manager at the professional sports level.

Wake Forest is recruiting his high school teammate Dane Forlines as a slot receiver. The Deacs are trying to figure out if they have room for him.

Tetlow, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, gave up baseball, basketball and wrestling after his sophomore year to focus on football.

"I just kind of had a reality check if I really wanted to playing football at a very high level I really needed to check in and live in the weight room year-round and develop myself for that," Tetlow said.

Tetlow was blessed with natural athleticism. His mother was a decathlete in high school, while his father Peter Tetlow, who was born and raised in Australia, was a world-class swimmer, won national championships and nearly qualified for the Olympics before he came to the United States to swim at Harvard.

"[The] 1,500-meter freestyle was his best," Tetlow said. "He was an endurance swimmer, and when he was 17 and he came over [to the U.S.] he was ranked seventh in the world in that category. He was pretty good."

Tetlow added he tried swimming when he was little, but realized it was not for him.

"I feel like I have some athletic genes in me, but after all my training I just feel even more athletic, because I didn't get in tune with my body until I really stopped growing like sophomore year and ever since then just doing all of the training I've been doing, all the weight-lifting and all these agilities I've been able to kind of come to see what I can be," Tetlow said. "I'm really excited to see what college level training can do for me."

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