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."
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."