Recruiting: Tyler Tettleton Back From Injury

Norman (North), Okla. head football coach Lance Manning has a lot to be excited about. He has a very talented team that we watched Tuesday afternoon during the seventh of its 10 spring practices. They will wrap up spring practice with a scrimmage on Friday.

The Timberwolves have a good running game with standout Beau Blankenship running behind a big offensive line that now includes 6-5, 300-pound transfer offensive tackle Cody Hughes. Norman North also has a stout defense too.

They also have their quarterback back in dual threat Tyler Tettleton.

"The hardest thing was sitting out last season," said the 6-2, 190-pound Tettleton of what was most difficult when he tore the ACL and the meniscus in his right knee last season in a scrimmage. "It was very hard not to play and be out there with my teammates. That really was the hardest part of it."

Tettleton said the rehab wasn't easy but it was something he was highly motivated to do after the surgery was performed by Dr. Conway, a former Texas Rangers team doctor that was familiar with Tyler's father MIckey Tettleton, a former major league catcher and first baseman.

"My dad has been great and whenever I had a question or needed advice he has been there," said Tyler, who added that his father had dealt with knee injuries in his career.

After watching Tettleton, the reports in the newspaper that he is bigger and better after the surgery seem true. He has grown and is very close, if not right at 6-2. You can see that he has filled out physically.

In Tuesday's practice he threw the deep ball well and the out route. His arm has improved every season and it is better now. His presence was impressive as he made good decision even throwing the ball away a few times. He goes through his progressions well. His head coach confirms that Tettleton was a 4.7, maybe a 4.65 in the40-yard dash before the surgery, but recently tested out with times of 4.48, 4.49, and 4.51.

"Winning the state championship is number one, but recruiting is important because I didn't have that chance to show schools what I could do as a junior," said Tettleton, who said he really wants to play college football at a high level.

"I don't have any offers, but a lot of schools (including the likes of Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Kansas, Tulsa, and many more) have contacted me and want me to go to camp. I think they want to see my knee and see what kind of shape I'm in."

The truth is he is in good shape. Tettleton did not run on Tuesday in practice, but he moved around the pocket well. Yes, he has taken a hit.

"I took a pretty good shot last week," he said. "It didn't surprise or shock me. There was some concern, but I'm okay with that. I'm glad I got stuck good."

Tettleton has good grades. He knows he wants to major in some sort of business degree program. He is ready to go out and prove himself in camps, and eager to get started with doing that. Oklahoma State, along with several other schools, is on his summer itinerary.

(Note: We talked to several players at Norman North that will be top recruits and will report on them in upcoming days. We will also be visiting several other schools with top prospects as the first true spring football for high schools in Oklahoma winds down this week and next.)

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