HornedFrogBlitz.com caught up with Iowa Western JUCO, Sebastian Tretola, to get his thoughts on his upcoming visit to Fort Worth and to find out what he's looking for when it comes to making his college decision.
"Yes sir, I fly out on Friday" said Tretola when asked if he was visiting this weekend. "I'm ready to get down there to see how I click with the coaching staff because I like what they had to say."
"They're looking for nastiness, they want kind of a jerk mentality on the offensive line and a guy to bring that in immediately" he said. "That's fine with me because that's how I play the game, I'm mean on the field and they've seen the film and liked it."
Standing 6'5" and 315 pounds, the menacing Tretola says he already knows about TCU head coach Gary Patterson and he likes the fire he brings to the game.
"I don't know too much about TCU yet but I know what Coach Patterson has done there" said the hulking lineman. "I know some of the things he's instilled and they way he coaches and they're in the Big 12."
"I also know that they have a great track record and they've been winning for a long time" he said. "They've had a lot of great seasons but they've fallen on hard times and it usually does come down to the offensive line, if a team is struggling, that's usually where the problem lies, with the big boys up front."
"As far as coming in and making an impact, that's what Coach Anderson told me was the plan and that's what I would want to do, come in and be a game changer."
Tretola continued about TCU restoring their dominant ways on the football field.
"This team needs to put the fear in people again and show that fire to get back to their winning ways."
Listening to the young man speak, it's hard to not like what he would bring to the table. A big, mean, tough offensive lineman is just what the doctor ordered and a commitment from Tretola would give TCU an unreal offensive line class. With Ty Barrett, Austin Schlottman and Frank Kee already committed, a pledge from Tretola would help make this one of the most formidable groups in the country.
So what does the big man hope to see this weekend while in Fort Worth?
"I think school will take care of itself" he said. "I know TCU's a great school but my biggest thing is to see how I vibe with the coaches, how well we interact and how well we communicate; that's the most important thing to me."
After spending two seasons at Nevada, Tretola transferred to Iowa Western JC to get a fresh start. A redshirt season and another season watching, learning and getting reps in a D-1 program have helped prepare the big lineman for his next test. And without hesitation, he says he's ready.
"It's different, as an 18 year old kid coming out of high school you have to get into a program and develop and grow into a program" said Tretola. "Unfortunately it didn't work out at Nevada but I was able to get that experience under my belt."
"I'm not just a JUCO guy, fresh out of high school, I've been in the big time games" he said. "I know how to handle the crowd and how to play with the big boys and coming in now, with a fresh start and a chance to fight for a starting spot with a strong program, that's a great feeling."
Tretola has given HornedFrogBlitz permission to follow up with him Sunday following his visit. That could be one you don't want to miss. Stay logged on here for the latest.