'I tore the camp up'

One of the top emerging talents in South Florida stopped by Alabama's initial camp this week to work out for one day. Despite the short amount of time to impress, the rising senior drew comparisons to Amari Cooper by more than one Tide coach.

Tyre Brady and his Miami Hardknocks teammates weren't planning on camping at places in the South this week, but when Sunday's IMG 7-on-7 qualifier in Knoxville was cancelled, the group made the most of it.

Some prospects went to Auburn, but the three-star wide receiver decided to camp at Alabama.

"I tore the camp up," he said after returning home to Miami, hours before the Hurricanes offered the Homestead (Fla.) South Dade standout.

"There were a lot of prospects out there and I had the chance to go against them," said Brady. "Nick Saban watched me, the receiver coach Billy [Napier] watched me and it was great. I learned some new stuff up there.

"We worked on release techniques, routes from the beginning, setting up the routes and all."

The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder shook off a knee tweak suffered on Saturday en route to impressing one of the top coaching staffs in America.

"I showed them a mix of everything," he added. "I showed a vertical, quick feet, hands and I showed them coordination and separation. It was all at one time, so it blew them away. I made plays."

It wasn't just one or two coaches that had praise for Brady.

"After I talked to Coach Billy, Coach [Mario] Cristobal talked to me," he said. "They said they love me. They say I may have an offer from Alabama.

"They have a coaches meeting coming up, and they're going to probably offer me."

An extension from the champs could go a long way despite Brady's current offers from Miami, Florida, Florida State, Mississippi State, Kentucky and others.

"It means a lot, a whole lot," he said on the thought of an offer. "My options remain open, but it means a lot."

The combination of his frame and being from South Florida, inevitably led to comparisons to Amari Cooper. Brady laughed about it, but didn't mind much.

"I seen him up there, I talked to him for a little bit but he had to go to class," he said of the rising sophomore. "I'm familiar with his story and all that. The receiver coach and the offensive coordinator (Doug Nussmeier) were actually calling me Amari Cooper."

But it was the words of the head coach that surprised Brady the most.

"Saban said I'm a great player and to keep working," he said. "During the camp, I caught a pass and scored a touchdown. On the way back, he said great catch and I'm a heck of a player."

FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com currently ranks Brady as the No. 50 wide receiver prospect nationally in the class of 2014.


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