Recently while attending class at Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA), wide receiver Tyler Asemota was paid a visit by BYU’s cornerbacks coach Jernaro Gilford. Coach Gilford greeted Asemota with an offer that would put him in a confused state of mind.
“Yeah I was offered by Coach Gilford and he explained to me that I would be transitioning over to corner,” said Asemota. “I told him that I would be really open to it. When he told me he was going to give me the offer I was extremely excited. I was in shock at first so I wasn’t sure what just happened. Then later on I realized what had just happened. When it all sunk in I was really happy.”
Stunned by what just occurred Asemota walked back into his classroom. He sat down trying to grasp the gravity of what just occurred. The surprised look on his face caused friends and even his teacher to question if he was okay.
“I was just so happy that everyone was just like, ‘What’s up with this kid?’” Asemota said. “I walked back into class all quiet. My friends were like, ‘What was that?’ I was like, ‘Oh I just met up with a coach from BYU and just got an offer.’ He was like, ‘Wait, what?’ and it just hadn’t really sunk into me yet. I couldn’t really focus while the teacher was talking. I was just thinking about it and my teacher was like, ‘Tyler are you good?’ Later I was walking around and later it finally settled in that I had actually received an offer from BYU. I was like, ‘Wow, this really did happen?’”
When Tyler Asemota realized he had just received an offer from BYU and that twilight zone feeling he was experiencing had passed, he was extremely grateful simply because he felt the recruiting odds were stacking up against him.
“I wasn’t really expecting it because I was injured last season,” said Asemota. “I was injured and so I didn’t play, so all of what happened last year was really affecting my recruiting. In my head I was thinking, ‘They’re probably going to wait and see how my season goes.’ Then after that maybe I might get an offer. I wasn’t expecting it but Coach Gilford told me that I was probably going to blow up next season. Having BYU offer me now makes me extremely grateful and happy.”
BYU isn’t the only school to offer Asemota however. He was offered by Hawaii but the offer from BYU has given him hope.
“BYU is my second offer,” said Asemota. “My first one was from Hawaii. I’m extremely excited about it but I’m trying my best to not let it get to me. I want to achieve my goals and really I haven’t achieved any because I was injured last season. I’m excited that BYU offered me but now I need to prove it. They haven’t seen me play so I feel I have to prove it.”
Coming in at 6-4, 200-pounds, Asemota is currently a junior and a member of the 2017 class. He expects to play wide receiver for his final season next year but has played on both sides of the ball.
“I play wide receiver and I played a little safety my sophomore year,” said Asemota. “I’m mainly a wide receiver and getting the ball and showing what I can do. I’m bigger than most guys so when I get the ball defensive backs expect me to be a little slower. They learn quickly that I’m a pretty fast runner with the ball in my hands.”
BYU head coach Kalani Sitake wants Asemota to be a member of BYU’s defense and play defensive back for the Cougars.
“At first I was kind of surprised because I never expected any schools to really look at me for defense,” Asemota said. “I’m really excited about the idea because I really loved playing safety when I was a sophomore. I can easily transition to that and we’ll see how it goes, but there’s no problem at all playing defensive back and I’m willing to do whatever it takes. I’m sure BYU knows exactly what they want and they found that in me.”
Since receiving his BYU offer (and adding one from Wyoming), Asemota has done some research on what BYU has to offer. He admits he still has some work to do to fully understand the gift he’s been given.
“I know that BYU has a really tough schedule and it’s an independent and private school,” said Asemota. “I’m not too familiar with the school and all the details. I’ve been looking up some stuff and doing some research. I’ve been looking things up and trying to find out as much as I can about it.”