JUCO DT Talks 'Cats and K-State Interest

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Calvin Heurtelou was without any D-1 offers in 2011 when he graduated from Spring Valley (N.Y.) High School. After spending a year at prep school in upstate New York, the 6-foot-3, 308-pound defensive tackle decided to head west and landed at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College in the Phoenix area for more recognition.

Now Heurtelou is hearing from many of the top programs in the nation and has seven D-1 offers to his credit.

It was K-State that was the first staff to see the potential in Heurtelou and came through with his first offer in March.

"Kansas State offered me after seeing my highlight tape," said Heurtelou. "Actually, most of my other offers have come from coaches watching me in spring ball. Coach Mo Latimore offered me on March 27th at the three-technique. He said he just liked the way I attacked the man in front of me and was always the aggressor instead of a stand and read type of defensive lineman.

"I like Kansas State a lot. They were the first school to offer me so I got to show them love."

Heurtelou arrived at Scottsdale Community College last August. It's a long way from his hometown of Nanuet, N.Y., but he thrived in Doug Madoski's program with 27 tackles and three sacks on the 2012 season.

"I like it a lot here," Heurtelou said on his JuCo home. "It's good to be a part of this program. The weather is nice here. It never changes. I was a qualifier out of high school so it doesn't matter if I graduate but I'm going to stay for a second season [at Scottsdale]. I realize there's interest in me and offers, but I'm going to use this next year to really ready myself and freshen up on my technique.

"I'm improved on my all-around game. My technique coming off the ball is better. I'm improved my hand work and my pass rush. Everything's coming together."

Missouri was the latest school to offer Heurtelou. He also has offers from Cincinnati and Miami, Fla. and has drummed up plenty of interest from other programs scouting the JuCo circuit.

"I'm pretty up in the air right now," Heurtelou said on a college decision. "I really don't have any favorites at this point. Location won't be a factor for me at all, but I do want to join a winning program. I want to be with coaches who will make me a better player. I'll know that from their resume from the players they've sent out after college. Really, those are the top two things I'm looking for."

The Fighting Artichokes of Scottsdale C.C. were 5-5 in 2012, but Heurtelou says that record will be improved upon with 80-percent of their experienced players returning.


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