The Moore American

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June 19, 2013

Stepping up in weight for Watkins

MOORE — For the 18th consecutive year, Westmoore High hosted its annual Lineman’s Camp last week. It’s one of the few events in the state that focus strictly on the men in trenches.

After three days of going through drills, it ended Wednesday with the most anticipated part of the camp, the Thunder Dome. It has the simple premise of two men enter, one man leaves.

“Just the physicality,” Westmoore coach Billy Langford said. “You are in the middle of summer and your not really used to competition. You get to go out and compete. Any time players get to compete, I think that’s good.”

One of the most anticipated matchups involved the Jaguars Ty Watkins. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder took on the top lineman from Oklahoma City Douglass and came up short as he was finally overcome inside the circle.

However, it wasn’t cause of bad technique or lack of will that held Watkins back. It was just plain old size and strength. That is something he’s working as he heads into his senior season and is hoping to attract more colleges to his door step.

“The definitely need to see hard work, dedication to my team and weight room,” Watkins said. “Get stronger and thicker. Weight room is the key for an offensive lineman.”

Watkins said he’s been shown interest from schools such as New Mexico and Oklahoma Baptist University. But there have been no offers from any school yet.

Watkins has already started getting his body closer to what college football programs are looking for. But his coach knows it will only get harder during the blistering summer months on Oklahoma.

“He is probably 250 right now,” Langford said. “It would be a big deal for him to get to 265 or 270. It’s hard to put on weight throughout the summer because you are hot and sweaty. I think he can put on 10-15 pounds really easily and be a solid 265. And be still be athletic and able to run. He ran an acutrack 5 flat. At the combine the other day.”

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