Throckmorton Talks UW Offer

The 2015 in-state lineman situation is taking shape already for the UW, having earned a verbal commitment from Wenatchee's Trey Adams. They have already offered Bellevue's Henry Roberts, and during their Rising Stars Camp they offered another 2015 offensive linemen - Newport's Calvin Throckmorton. What's more impressive is that the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Throckmorton has never played tackle before.

"It's definitely a weight off the shoulders, but there's still a lot of work to do, a lot of ways I can improve," Throckmorton told recently.

Throckmorton worked out three days at UW. "I wanted to compete against the best guys and see where I stacked up against them…just go in there and try to win," he said. "I knew I really needed to listen to the coaches and all the little things they were pointing out to me, get the minor details and techniques down so that I could build on that and keep improving."

Moving to tackle this fall has been up front in Throckmorton's mind, and he's been using the spring and summer camps to jump-start the learning process. "I feel like it's pretty much night and day going to a new position I've never played before, but I feel like I've acclimated to the way that it's played and I just feel like I have the right body for it and the ability to succeed at that position," he said.

What he wasn't necessarily prepared for was Washington jumping in the boat with a scholarship offer - his first. "I was surprised," Throckmorton said, matter-of-factly. "I still think it's early, but I was definitely working toward that.

"I was in a drill and got a little gash on my cheek so I went to the trainer. Coach Sark came over and told me he was going to offer me a scholarship to Washington."

And his response? "Just pretty much speechless," said Throckmorton. "I got a little emotional. It's my first one, so it is like a little weight off the shoulders."

With that first offer under his belt, Throckmorton is brimming with confidence as he gets closer to his junior season with Newport. "It's knowing that you can compete with anyone, basically," he said. "You're at that level and they want you at that level, so you can compete with whoever is out there."

Throckmorton admitted to enjoying the recruiting process, although he's still very much in the learning stages. "It's definitely good, but it's just getting used to it because I've never gone through this before," he said. "I feel like I should ask around, ask how to handle myself now that I'm on the radar.

"One thing I really want to do is make my visits to the schools, do what is best for me and take that next step in the process."

Is Washington Throckmorton's childhood favorite? "It's in my backyard so they've always been the school I've enjoyed watching," he said. "I love the coaching staff, they are all great guys. The facilities, the stadium - it's all great. I just think it's a cool atmosphere over there too."

All that said, was there a chance Throckmorton was going to snap up the scholarship offer as soon as he knew it was real? "There was definitely a time where I was thinking of just saying yes, but a big part of me just wants to wait and see how everything else unfolds," he said.

He also caught us up on the rest of his summer. "Right before the Washington camp I was at the Boise State camp and they seemed to express a lot of interest," said Throckmorton. "Right now it's just the same kind of stuff - the letters, the camp invites."

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