FAYETTEVILLE - Vilonia offensive lineman Tyler Stauch made it very clear Sunday why he is here for the Bobby Petrino Football Camp.
"I am here for one reason – trying to get an offer from Arkansas," Stauch said.
Stauch (6-3, 265, 5.3) is one of several interior prospects in camp this week hoping to join Fayetteville's Colby Berna – a UA commit – as in-state offensive linemen with offers from the Razorback.
He got a visit from Arkansas assistant and recruiting coordinator Tim Horton during the spring evaluation period.
"I think he is a great guy and a great coach," Stauch said. "I think all the other coaches are awesome, too. I think they are going to have a lot of success this year and that they all just bring a lot to the table."
So far he has offers from Troy and Central Arkansas with Mississippi State joining Arkansas and Ole Miss as SEC schools showing interest.
"Mississippi State talked to me the other day," Stauch said. "They said they were going to offer me if I can get my ACT up like three more points."
Stauch is coming off a spring in which he made good impressions at both the FCA Camp in Little Rock and the Scout.com Combine in Dallas.
"It's been going great," Stauch said. "I am just working hard to get my strength up and my speed down."
He was in the top five in all but one category in Dallas and caught the eye of Alan Zepeda, Scout.com's Southwest Region Manager.
"There were not too many players from out of state at the combine but Tyler was one of those who not only showed up but played big all day," Zepeda wrote. " On the testing he was in the top five in all but one category. In the drills he showed solid footwork and he put good work in each of the drills. He has a slight frame, for a lineman, so he will need to add bulk for the next level. He caught everyone's eye who watched the linemen, he moves very well and his footwork was solid as mentioned."
Although Vilonia is primarily a run team, Stauch thinks his pass blocking is his strength.
"I think I bring more speed than most offensive linemen," Stauch said. "I think my strength is pass blocking more than my run blocking, but we do run the double wing so I am good at that also."
Vilonia went 8-5 last season with two of those losses to conference foe Little Rock Christian and super sophomore tailback Michael Dyer, who is also in camp this week.
The Eagles return 7 offensive starters and 5 defensive ones from last season's squad albeit losing top-notch quarterback Kevin Puckett.
"We are going to be pretty good this year," Stauch said. "We lost our quarterback and that was probably our major loss. But we got all of our offensive line coming back, most of our defense and most of our defense. We should do very good."
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