Versatile athlete visiting Bama

A multi-talented athlete, who finished his career third all-time in Alabama high school football in terms of all-purpose yards, Tyrone Prothro is one of several athletes scheduled to visit Tuscaloosa this weekend.

Along with 8,099 all-purpose yards, Prothro can also boast of 92 career touchdowns.

Tyrone Protho (5-10, 175, 4.44) is a slippery runner with highlight-reel moves. And despite his diminutive size, he's tough to tackle. Due to his speed, elusiveness and versatility in the open field, some say he reminds them of former Tide great David Palmer.

That's undoubtedly an unfair comparison, but there is no doubting Prothro's talent. After finishing as runner-up in the state championship as a junior, he helped lead Cleburne County deep into the playoffs again as a senior.

Forty times in college recruiting are often exaggerated, but Prothro's 4.44 is likely legitimate. As a junior he finished second in the state in both the 100 and the 200 meters for class 4A. On the hardwood, he averaged 17.8 points per game that year.

In football Prothro has played quarterback, wide receiver and H-Back, and the Heflin native is especially dangerous returning kicks. However, most schools see him as a defensive back--specifically at cover corner.

"Everyone is pretty much recruiting me to play defense right now," Prothro told in an earlier interview. "I like offense better, but I'll play anywhere I'm needed."

Prothro's senior stats include 1,902 rushing yards on 245 carries for 28 touchdowns. As a receiver he totaled 405 yards and four TDs. His kick return production was down somewhat, mainly because opposing coaches chose to kick out of bounds rather than give him a chance.

Prothro finished his senior yards with 2,609 all-purpose yards and was responsible for 33 touchdowns.

He sports a 39-inch vertical jump and bench presses 355 pounds and squats 510. Short but powerfully built, Prothro has great strength for his size.

His high school coach reports that Prothro has a "good shot" at qualifying, but academics are a concern. Prothro could well be a "sign and place" in junior college.

"I've gotten offers from Auburn and Alabama," Prothro said. Tennessee, Georgia and LSU have also expressed interest.

Prothro's uncle, Charles Wood, played at Auburn, and most recruiting analysts see the Tide and Tigers as battling for Prothro's signature.

Current Tide defensive end, Todd Bates, is a former teammate and close friend.

NOTE: Listed in the database as "Protho," Tyrone's last name is actually spelled "Prothro."

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