Hearin anxious to get his name out there

Tyler Hearin is a player that may have been forgotten about outside of Cullman last year, but the linebacker is determined to make a name for himself back on the field this season.

Normally when talking about an upcoming season, teams talk about who they lost and which starters are coming back. In the case of Cullman High School in Cullman, AL, the defense will get a huge lift from Tyler Hearin who missed all of the 2002 season with a broken leg.

"I broke my leg on the last play of the second quarter in our jamboree game last summer," said Hearin. "It was really disappointing missing the whole season, but I'm in top shape now."

Players change so much during high school that a "missing" junior year can be a problem. But Hearin (6-2, 200) has a plan to get his name out there in recruiting. He explained, "I don't have any junior film to send the schools. So, I'm going to video tape myself going through a bunch of drills this summer and include it with some of my sophomore film."

With 102 tackles as a sophomore, the return of Hearin to the lineup will definitely give Cullman High School a huge lift. He already helped lead the baseball team to a State Championship this spring, and he will be looking to do the same for the football team.

"I'm running a 4.56 (40-yard dash) at school," Hearin related. "And I played center field and third base for our baseball team this spring."

Hearin was on hand at Alabama's camp this weekend. Earlier he attended camp at Ole Miss, and he has several more camps on his scheduled this summer.

Besides Ole Miss and Alabama, Hearin plans to camp at Auburn, Georgia Tech and Southern Miss. He also lists South Carolina and Georgia among his interests.

Four schools from neighboring states head his list. "I'm looking at Alabama and Auburn," he said. "I've always loved both of those schools. I've always liked Georgia Tech and Georgia has always been one of my favorites too."

Cullman has several Division 1 prospects this year, including defensive tackle Justin Britt and offensive tackle Cody Green.


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