Silsbee (Tex.) running back Calvin Tyler, is, simply put, electrifying. He won't hit a home run, but he will run over and through opponents to get extra yards, and, once he's in the open grass, he doesn't miss an opportunity.
Tyler, with a 3.59 GPA, wants to major in electrical engineering, and wants to own his own electrical business after football is over, but while he's still running, he said, nobody can catch him.
Tyler set three school single-season records this fall: most rushing yards (1,809), most rushing touchdowns (24) and the highest yards per carry (8.86) ever for Beaumont (Tex.) Ozen.
On Thursday, after running backs coach Garret Chachere went out to Texas to watch Tyler, and immediately afterwards, called to extend him a scholarship offer.
"I was excited, man," Tyler said. "I didn't think it would come that quick. It was just shocking. It made a big impact on me. We'd been talking, but he finally offered me today."
The District 22-5A Co-MVP was a Super Gold First-Team Offense running back, tha Lone Star Classic MVP, and a Beaumont Enterprise-Vype Player of the Week.
To do what he did -- to post the numbers that he posted -- in the league he's in, says more than any 40 time. He's been clocked at 4.68 seconds on the notoriously-slow Alamodome turf, but in real football terms he's about a 4.5, and he's putting up big numbers against high-level opponents who can most certainly run.
"He said he likes that I can make plays, and my vision, how I see things on the field, they remind him of a great back," Tyler said of Chachere. "He loved watching my film."
Tyler models himself after Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick Ezekiel Elliott.
"He can catch the ball out of the backfield, make plays, and he was the first running back in the Draft" Tyler said. "He has great vision, man. Once I see green grass, I can't get caught. I can't get caught from the back. If I go, that's it: It's a touchdown."
"It shows me that it doesn't matter -- if you can play, they'll know you can play -- and I can get drafted high if I were to go to Cal," Tyler said.
For Tyler, though, it's some Bears a bit further back in time that make the bigger mark.
The Cal offer is the first Power 5 offer for Tyler, who also has offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas, Texas State and Fresno State, with an offer from Texas Tech in the works. With that offer from the Bulldogs, that means Tyler will be making a swing through the Golden State this summer, he said.null