Anaheim (Calif.) Servite quarterback Tyler Lytle talks Cal interest, new offensive coordinator, junior season

Tyler Lytle is one of the more sought-after quarterbacks on the West Coast, and he intends to make another trip up to Berkeley soon.

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite quarterback Tyler Lytle was going to be visiting California for the second time for the Bears' elite junior day, but he'll have to delay that for his 7-on-7 obligations with Elite Athletes. But, that doesn't mean the Bears aren't on his mind.

"I plan on coming up with a few LA kids that were offered in the area," Lytle told BearTerritory on Saturday night. Speaking of offers, Lytle currently holds scholarshiop offers from Boston College, Cal, Colorado State, Miami, Oregon State, Temple and Washington State. Yes, his offer from the Bears stands, even though offensive coordinator Tony Franklin left for Middle Tennessee State. Lytle was reassured of that fact by inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler, and he already knows a bit about the new offensive coordinator, Jake Spavital, who's set to be officially announced within a matter of days.

"[I know] just that he ran a very innovative offense that was highly successful in the SEC," Lytle said. "Looking forward to meeting him."

Franklin's departure came as a bit of a shock to Lytle, who was offered by Cal in the fall, and received a visit from Franklin the week he left.

"It's been pretty evenly spread across quite a few; about 20 schools came by the school to visit with more coming in spring. Cal stopped by twice," he said.

In the wake of Franklin's departure, Lytle's relationship with Peeler and head coach Sonny Dykes has been reassuring. "Coach Dykes and peeler have been awesome throughout the recruiting process and it's one of my top schools at this point," Lytle said.

Cal is the only visit he has for certain, and those relationships he's formed are a big reason for that. Another attraction for Lytle is the fact that, at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds -- up from 6-foot-3, 185 pounds a year ago -- he is very similar to departing quarterback Jared Goff, and seeing what he was able to do in this offense, which Dykes has said will remain largely the same, has let Lytle envision himself in that same spot.

"Absolutely!" Lytle said. "That's one of the draws."

Lytle's added size and strength has allowed him to be a much tougher runner, and it's helped him become a better passer, as well.

"I'm a lot harder to take down, faster, and stronger, as well as more of a presence in the pocket," said Lytle, but he's still not satisfied. "From here I'm looking to continue to get better, working on my craft, there's always room for improvement in every category. I've already gotten bigger I'm about 6-foot-5, 210 right now and getting stronger. [I'm] working heavily on the mental aspect of the game as well and continue building team chemistry."

Lytle did miss a couple games due to injury this season, as Servite went 4-6, but the strained hamstring that limited him is completely healed now.

"I think I really just adjusted to he speed of the game and got more and more comfortable," Lytle said of his junior season, which included a harsh lesson, learned at the hands of eventual state champion Concord (Calif.) De La Salle.

"Every loss is disappointing, but we just did not execute very well," Lytle said. "You have to play virtually mistake free when playing the best teams. I did not do that ... We did not do that against De La Salle."

Lytle's strongest attributes are his tireless work ethic, and serving as a true example, a leader for Servite, and that's why so many schools are interested. He'll choose between those schools, he said, "anytime between now and the end of spring." Top Stories