After thinking about it for a few days, Sebastian Tretola has decided to bring the nastiness to Arkansas on Thursday.
Tretola (6-5, 315) – a mid-term graduate who notes that the nastiness he plays with is his biggest strength on the gridiron – will arrive Thursday for his fifth and final official visit before making a decision.
While the Razorbacks got on him late, Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman has done a great job in getting the tackle interested in the school.
"Coach Pittman and I have a great relationship and he is one of the best offensive line coaches in the country and knows how to put guys in the league," Tretola said. "I think he and I will make a great duo working together."
Tretola, who starred for Cajon High in San Bernardino, Claif., has already visited Oklahoma, Texas Tech, TCU and South Florida and says he has no front-runner at this point.
"Everybody is even going into this visit to Arkansas," Tretola said. "Another great thing about Arkansas is it would give me a chance to play in the SEC and that's a big deal."
Arkansas has been in the market for a mid-term junior college offensive lineman since Scranton, Pa., Lackawanna Community College offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor flipped his commit from the Razorbacks to Texas A&M.
Tretola certainly fills that void as he would come in and likely be able to start with two years to play. He started four games at tackle for Nevada as a true freshman.
"I think that my size and technique are both pretty good," Tretola said. "But the main thing I have going for me and is my number one strength is that I play nasty all the time. I love hitting guys in the mouth early on so they won't want to come back as hard on the next play."
Ironically, Tretola will be visiting Arkansas at the same time as fellow former Nevada player Cody Hollister, (6-4, 205) a current wide receiver at Arizona Western and also a mid-term graduate.
Hollister - whose twin brother Evan was also at Nevada and is currently at Arizona Western as well – and tight end Matadors tight end Blake Whiteley (6-5, 240) are also set to arrive Thursday while Houston, Texas, Westside Frank Iheanacho (6-7, 220) got to Fayetteville on Wednesday.
"What? One of the twins is visiting?" Tretola said. "Cool. Those are good guys."
With the mid-term signing period opening Dec. 18 and him being scheduled to enroll at his next stop in January, Tretola will be announcing a decision pretty soon.
"I'll take this trip to Arkansas and come home and think about things for a few days," Tretola said. "It's a blessing to have this opportunity and I want to make the right choice."
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