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From: San Bernardino, California
High School: Cajon
As a senior, Buff commit Tyler Ahles was named second team all-league at fullback and linebacker. He was named second team all-conference as a utility player. Although he received some nice post-season honors, it was not the perfect season according to the the big athlete. "I think the first few games I could have done better," Ahles admits. "I did a lot better the last two games of the year and that is how I would have liked to have played the whole season."
Ahles was the first of three linebacker commits in this recruiting class and he has a lot of upside, according to his coach, Kim Battin. "He's got a great motor," Battin says. "And once he settles down on one side of the ball and can devote all his time and energy to that, he's going to be that much better."
The question is, what side of the ball will Ahles play for the Buffs? "Well, they recruited me as a linebacker," Ahles continued. "I was recruited by their linebackers coach, Brian Cabral. They told me that is where they liked me at, and I have not heard anything different since."
According to Battin, Ahles could play either way, with ease. "I don't know what the plan is with him, but after the season that we saw from him and the huge plays – from catching an 80 yard touchdown pass, which he ran three or four guys over, or catching a 5-yard out and basically running guys over against a good Colony team in the playoffs – somebody's going to have to think about it. I would say going into the season it was a no-brainer (that he was a linebacker), but after the season he had, somebody's going to have to think about it. If I gave film, 80 percent of my film would be what he did on offense because he was just that explosive."
One of Ahles' more explosive plays was the game where Coach Cabral came to view him in-person. "I ran a 70-yard touchdown the game that Coach Cabral attended and I ran right by him when he was on the sideline. He watched me go by and as I was returning to the sideline, he had a big smile on his face. That was pretty cool."
Coach Cabral came to Ahles' home in early December and Coach Collins came by a week later. Coach Hawkins is expected to make his in-home with the Ahles family in January.
The future Buff visited for the Baylor game.
Ahles is fully qualified and would like to major in Psychology.