Nero Talks Offers, Recruiting

2012 prospect Tyler Nero from Atmore is one of the players to watch in Alabama for next season.

Atmore, Ala.--A player that has seen his recruiting take off in the last few months, 6-2, 290 defensive tackle Tyler Nero from Escambia County is a playmaker on defense and that has teams from all over looking in his direction.

With his size and a self-reported time of 4.67 seconds in the 40-yard dash it's no wonder he's getting attention from top schools and has seen his offer list double in the last two weeks alone.

"I'm up to nine offers at the moment," Nero said. "My last one was the Florida Gators. That came after Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas. All of them offered me in one week. I just try to keep myself level-headed and stay humble. I know it's good and it means my hard work is paying off, but at the same time I have to think about what got me there and who got me there."

Growing up in Alabama, Nero said both Auburn and Alabama have offered him and are schools he's considering. He said he's been in contact with both coaching staffs for quite a while and is getting a better feel for each. At Auburn that means getting to know new defensive line coach Mike Pelton, something he's enjoyed.

"I love their staff," Nero said of Auburn. "I've got a good relationship with the staff at Auburn. I know Coach Pelton good and I know Coach (Ted) Roof. I kind of just met him but I have started talking to him more.

"I like the coaching staff," Nero added of Alabama. "The weight room coach (Scott Cochran), I like him. He's an alright guy. He's got a lot of intensity. I like the facilities. Both of them have good programs going."

What may seem like a wildcard to some will be the Arkansas Razorbacks. It's not close to Atmore, AL, but Fayetteville is somewhat of a home for his family because his father Norman Nero played for the Razorbacks. Now being recruited by them himself, Tyler said he's getting to know more about them everyday.

"I haven't been up there since they offered me," Nero said. "When I was in their camp they didn't really introduce me to a whole lot of the coaches. The only person I've talked with is Tim Horton. The only coach I remember is Bobby Allen and I haven't talked to him yet."

Still wide open, Nero said he's planning to take his time before making a final decision. He noted that he plans to narrow things down during his season and hopes to have his school at or near the end of his senior year at Escambia County.

That senior season will officially begin in August, but the preparation is already taking place for Nero and his teammates as spring practice has started. They put the pads on for the first time this week and the defensive lineman said it was nice to be able to hit again.

"It feels good," Nero said. "I have been waiting to get back on the field for a long time. It seems like it has been forever. I'm just glad to be back out there so I can start working on things to make my game stronger so I can become a better football player.

"I want to get stronger in the weight room," he added. "That's not necessarily on the field, but if I'm stronger my explosion will be better when I come off the ball. I want to get better at that and shooting my hands."

As a junior Nero had a big year for ECHS as he made 72 tackles from his defensive line position with 19 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, and he also blocked two punts.

"I think I did pretty good," Nero said. "I think it was my best season yet. I guess I can say I've progressed every year. I did okay my ninth grade year and I did better my sophomore year. I really had a great season last year. We came from 3-7 to 9-3."

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