Throckmorton Returning To Oregon

Bellevue (Wash.) Newport defensive tackle Calvin Throckmorton discusses where he's headed next this spring.

Calvin Throckmorton is one of the few defensive tackles the Oregon Ducks have zeroed in on early on during the 2014-15 recruiting cycle. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound prospect said he picked up his offer from Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich in January and also holds offers from Washington State, Washington, California, Arkansas and Boise State.

In addition to those programs, schools such as USC, Michigan, Oregon State, Arizona and Colorado are also showing interest.

"It's really exciting," Throckmorton said of the offers. "Originally my goal wasn't to play in college but the opportunity presented itself and now I'm doing everything I can to achieve that dream."

Throckmorton said that it wasn't until he got his first letter from LSU that he realized playing at the next level was a possibility. More and more letters arrived before he finally landed an offer last summer from Washington and things took off from there. Now with several offers, he's trying to take in as much as possible this spring.

"Right now I'm trying to visit as many schools as I can," Throckmorton said. "If I can get to a few camps, that's what I want to do. I think I'm going to do the NFTC camp in Oregon."

Right now the Ducks, Arizona State, Washington and Cal are the schools showing the most interest according to the junior.

When asked what the Ducks coaching staff liked about his game, Throckmorton listed a few of the qualities they highlighted that led to the offer.

"They said they really liked my athleticism, how I moved with my footwork and they thought I used my hands well," Throckmorton said. "They thought I'd be a good fit for their style of offense."

Throckmorton said that he will return to Eugene and trip to Arizona State in the coming weeks. He mentioned that during his last trip, he enjoyed getting the chance to meet one-on-one offensive line coach Steve Greatwood. Having a strong relationship with his position coach is something that will be a big factor when he makes a decision.

"If he's going to be my coach, that's who I want to talk to most and get to know," he said.

This time around, Throckmorton is hoping to go a little more in-depth with the Oregon coaching staff as well as the players.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how the coaches interact with their players," he said. "Hopefully I can talk to some of the players too and see why they picked Oregon, why they're there and how they're liking it."

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