Top Performer Coming Back From Injury

Cullman, Ala.--A propsect who could be one of the top high school football players in Alabama for next season is hoping to rebound from a season-ending injury suffered before his junior season.

Normally when discussing an upcoming season, teams talk about who they lost and which starters are coming back. In the case of Cullman High School, the defense will get a huge lift from Tyler.

Hearin, who missed all of the 2002 season with a broken leg, was credited with 102 tackles as a sophomore. He is expected to give Cullman a huge lift in 2003. 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 broke my leg in 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. I'm running a 4.56 at school, and I played center field and third base for our baseball team this spring."

Hearin was on hand at Alabama's camp last weekend. He has been to a camp at Ole Miss, and he has several more camps on the schedule this summer.

"I'm going to Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Southern Miss in July. I'm looking at Alabama and Auburn. I've always loved both of those schools. I've always liked Georgia Tech too. I had a good showing at Ole Miss. I like South Carolina, but they don't know much about me yet. Georgia has always been one of my favorites, too. 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."

Hearin is a player who may have been forgotten about outside of Cullman last year, but he's going to make a name for himself back on the field this year.

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