2017 Eastern Arizona OT Matthew Tanner picked up his first offer recently when a Sun Belt program offered him earlier this week

2017 Eastern Arizona OT Matthew Tanner (6-7, 345) received his first offer earlier this week and he updated JCFootball.com on where things stand and how his offseason is progressing...

"I have one offer so far -- Louisiana-Monroe," Tanner told JCFootball.com. "The offensive line coach there (Rob Sale) is from Georgia and he said he needed me.

"I've also been talking to UAB and Arkansas State and there are a few more schools that are showing interest as well."

Tanner said he has plans to visit UAB on March 12th and he could be taking more visits this offseason, depending on how his schedule plays out.

As a freshman last season for the Gila Monsters, Tanner held down left tackle duties while showing his versatility and playign some left guard as well.

"I can play both, but I definitely prefer tackle," Tanner said. "I love playing tackle just because it's more of a challenge and it's the most valuable spot on the offensive line."

A big reason for his success is his size, long arms and his quick feet.

"I do well when I'm pass-blocking, but I'm also really good at finishing my blocks," Tanner added.

As a prep at Bishop Snyder Catholic High School in Jacksonville, Florida, Tanner had two things working against him in getting offered.

The first problem was his grades -- "I had a ton of looks from schools, but they didn't offer because of my grades" -- and the second was the fact that his school only had 500 students, so it really wasn't on the normal recruiting path that coaches carve during the spring and fall evaluation periods.

"Florida wanted me, but with my grades, I just couldn't get in so coach (Jim) McElwain sent me here to Eastern Arizona," Tanner recalled. "So, I'm considered at Florida placement, but I didn't sign anything with them."

Tanner is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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