Tyler Eiguren, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound specimen of an athlete, is the next Division I prospect to come from the inconspicuous Idaho town of Fruitland, which holds a population of just over 4,700 people. But the Grizzlies have a good thing going for them, playing in the last 10 title games at the 3A level and winning three of them, all while churning out college-scholarship football players. Their biggest nemesis has been the Russets of Shelley, whom they finally defeated for the crown this year.
“Beating Shelley was special,” Eiguren said. “We are the first Fruitland team to ever beat them, so that made it cool.
“We beat some really good teams along the way, but taking down Shelley was special.”
With the championship in tow, Eiguren is now turning his attention to recruiting. He holds offers from Idaho State, Idaho and Columbia, but has maintained interest from Boise State, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Utah, BYU, Portland State and Montana State.
“Most schools want me to play tight end,” he said. “I think a few more offers are close, but we’ll see.”
Eiguren has taken a number of unofficial visits to nearby Boise State, a school that is not recruiting a tight end for its 2017 class as it is full at that position. What may seem like a negative thing for him, however, in reality may just work out perfectly.
“Boise State wants me to go on my (two-year LDS) mission,” Eiguren said, adding that he has been planning to do just that for some time. “When I get back they will have just two of the current tight ends they have now on the roster.”
Eiguren says his recruiting is wide open and is hoping to garner additional interest as he suits up for the Grizzlies this basketball season, and as he finishes his senior year of high school.