CONCORD, Calif. -- Over the first three weeks of the season (which just so happen to coincide with his first three varsity games ever), Anaheim (Calif.) Servite 2017 quarterback Tyler Lytle has faced two of the preseason top-25 in high school football, and for a brief drive on Friday against Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, it looked like the long, lean signal-caller had an upset on his hands. Lytle completed five of his first six passes for 62 yards, but then went on an ice-cold streak as the Spartans' vaunted defensive line settled in, missing his next eight throws, which included an interception.
"The first drive, we got off to a hot start, the second drive, their defense settled in, and we struggled," said Lytle.
It's all about learning for Lytle, who came back in the second half and went 6-for-10 for 84 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown strike between three defenders to Terrell Bynum.
http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1585751-60-second..."It's only my third game of varsity football, and I'm playing one of the toughest teams in the country, so it's a learning experience," said Lytle. "Next week, forget about it, move on, get better. It just comes from reps, playing a team like De La Salle, we have a team next week, and it's going to get that much easier the more reps I get throughout the season. This will accelerate it, playing a great team like Bishop Amat last week, and De La Salle this week."
On Saturday, Lytle and Bynum will pay a visit to Berkeley to check out the California Golden Bears as they host San Diego State. Two Cal coaches -- inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler and head coach Sonny Dykes -- were in attendance on Friday.
"I've heard nothing but great things about them -- the coaching staff, the facilities, the school," Lytle said. "I love that they have a great business school. I think they're really an upcoming program right now, so I'm really excited to see what they're all about, and how they work.
http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1581399-60-second..."I called coach Dykes yesterday, and we talked for a bit. I called coach Peeler and coach [Tony] Franklin last week," Lytle said. "We talked about how he was excited to get me up here to show me what Cal's all about."
At times, Lytle and the Friars ran up-tempo, blending spread elements with zone-read and option football, and Lytle thinks the offense he's in now will prepare him for potentially an offense like the Bears' if that's where he winds up.
"It's a wide-open offense," Lytle said. "They're a team that loves to pass. I think coach Peeler sent me a direct message, and they're leading the country in passing yards right now -- first or second -- so it's a quarterback's dream to play in an offense like that. That would be an awesome place for me."
The Bears were the second team to offer Lytle, following Miami, and once Cal offered, the 6-foot-5, 195-pounder hauled in three more -- Colorado State, Washington State and Temple.
"The day after Cal, Temple and Washington State offered me," Lytle said. "I actually visited Washington State. I talked to coach Yost, and we talk on a regular basis. We have a good relationship. I love coach [Mike] Leach. He's a great guy. I love the offense they run. They love to throw the ball."