Tough Break For Tharp

What was about to become a very exciting summer for rising Mulvane (HS)High School linebacker Huldon Tharp turned into a terrible reality on the first day of his team camp. "I tore my ACL three weeks ago on the first day of my team camp," he said. "I had surgery last Wednesday and the doctor told me it would be a six month recovery time."

Tharp will miss his senior season but through this tough reality he is showing a very solid attitude. "It's not that big of a deal now that I have had time to deal with it," he said. "At first it was kind of devastating but now it's just about getting ready for college."

Tharp currently holds offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Miami (Fla.), Stanford, Boise State, and Colorado State. "I would say those schools are definitely my leaders because they have recruited me the hardest and have clearly shown the most interest."

Huldon says that Iowa State has shown a lot of interest and that he has mostly stayed in contact with Cyclone assistant coach Shawn Raney. "I talk to coach Raney mostly and he is trying to get me up for a visit in the fall," he said. "It's definitely a possibility as I will be setting up my visits later in the summer."

The 6-foot, 210-pound Tharp doesn't have a favorite but does have some criteria he will be looking for. "I would love to play in a bigger conference because of the competition level," he said. "I also will be checking out depth charts because I would like to play early in my career."

Tharp now is ready to tackle his rehabilitation so that he can get back on the field next season. "I'll be doing 4 1/2 month of rehab and then I can start jogging," he said. "Once everything seems okay I will be able to start running and doing agility drills which should be in about six months."

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