Dirk Tanner Up To Eight Offers

Defensive tackle Dirk Tanner of Little Rock (Pulaski Academy), Ark., has seen his popularity climb. The 6-2, 267-pound Tanner now has eight scholarship offers.

"It's an exciting process," said Tanner. "First there was Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, and Rice. Then there is Missouri State, Kansas, Tulsa, University of Central Arkansas, and Louisiana-Monroe."

Tanner has been to two camps recently, Oklahoma State and Arkansas.

"The Arkansas camp was a three-day camp and it was for anybody in high school, not just recruiting prospects," explained Tanner. "Now they had prospects there. It was mainly the position coaches taking their players and teaching them what they teach their players. We learned a lot of technique and it was good. I think I got better as a football player.

"The Oklahoma State camp was good too, but it was more just prospects," continued Tanner. "I wish it had been padded. I don't know if you can do a one-day padded camp. I just think it would be better because there's more to football than just how fast a player is. Pads and contact that is a lot of what football is all about."

Tanner said Arkansas is in a dead period right now for the next two weeks. Players can't participate in organized drills with their high schools.

"Now we have to work out on our own," said Tanner. "We can't even go up to the school. It's also a time to take a break.

"I like going to the lake, go tubing or jet skiing with friends. You need some time off. Our workouts with our coach are at 1:30 to 4 in the afternoon. That is what he likes to do to challenge us mentally and have us physically ready. Some schools will work out at six a.m. in the morning. I like the way our coach does it. It has us ready."

Tanner said he did not have an idea of when he would make a decision. He is patient and we're not sure the offers are through coming in just yet.

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