Itawamba's Lantrip talks recruiting

Itawamba OT Houston Lantrip (6-3, 295) is a player to keep an eye on this summer. He's already got three offers to his name and more could be on the way. JCFootball.com spoke to the talented offensive line prospect and he updated us on where things stand and what he's doing this summer in order to improve his stock…

Lantrip prepped at South Haven (Ks.) High School and was a very good student as well, however he wasn't recruited to play D-1 football, so he decided to head to the best program he could find in order to earn some scholarship offers.

"It's a really good program, that's why I chose (Itawamba)," Lantrip said. "It's been good for me to get away from home and to be on my own. It's helped me focus on things and shown me what I need to do to get better."

As the left tackle last fall, Lantrip admits he was probably a better pass-blocker, only allowing one sack all season. While he isn't quite as proficient at run-blocking, he said he's good at getting to the second level and can adapt his game to a zone-blocking scheme that allows him to use his athleticism and speed to get into linebackers and safeties.

"I run a 5.1 forty, so I have good speed for a guy my size," Lantrip said. "I bench 350 pounds, I squat 405 pounds 14 times and I have a 275-pound power clean, so my strength numbers are pretty good too and I'm always working on getting stronger and quicker – that never stops."

Recruiting has been humming along for Lantrip with three offers already in the boat and two SEC schools appearing to be close to offering.

"I have offers from Troy, Florida International and Louisiana Tech," Lantrip said. "Mississippi State is recruiting me and it sure sounds like they are close to offering and Arkansas is supposed to offer me too.

"I'm open to anyone that wants to recruit me. I don't want to limit myself right now. I want to just enjoy it and see who else comes on and then take some visits. After that, I will sit down with my coaches and my family and make my decision."

Since he was a full-qualifier, Lantrip can leave at any time, but he expects to play this fall at Itawamba and will then sign with a four-year school in December. Wherever he ends up he'll have three years to play two following the season.

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