Fain has eyes on C-USA

Indian River (Chesapeake, Va.) defensive tackle Tyler Fain has five offers to his name and East Carolina as one of his top schools. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about it.

Indian River defensive tackle/end Tyler Fain holds offers from UNC Charlotte, Hampton, Norfolk State, Marshall and ECU. The Pirates and the Thundering Herd, two bitter Conference USA rivals who's last two meetings have ended in overtime, lead in Fain's interests.

"I like the overall community and the tradition of football at both Marshall and ECU," the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Fain said. "They're both good schools and it's hard to pick between the two because they're both beautiful schools as well. I'm going to get my official visits in and those will help me make the decision. I'm trying to get to Marshall in September and ECU either before summer is over or during the season."

Inside linebackers coach John Wiley is Fain's recruiter and he extended him an offer in-person.

"Coach Wiley came and visited my school," he said. "He shook my hand and he talked about the weight room and how it had a view onto the field, it was a good conversation. He watched my game film and showed (defensive coordinator) Rick Smith it as well. It went uphill from there, that's when he gave me my offer in-person."

Despite having multiple Division-1 offers, Fain started his football career later than most. It wasn't until he started playing that he noticed more college programs.

"I didn't know much until I got more into football," Fain said. "I didn't start playing football until freshman year. I just went out there and gave it a try, when I started getting into it I started learning about the different programs like ECU. I know Chris Johnson came from there and I've started to pay more attention."

Summer has been busy for Fain and he is still on the camp circuit with his Indian River teammates.

"We just had a live (full pads) team camp at Old Dominion," he said. "There's a lot of football in my schedule, I just got done packing up and we're going on a trip to Temple for the last camp of the summer. After that, I have to get ready for games."

Last season, Fain played defensive tackle and defensive end. The Pirates have no preference for what he'll play if he commits, and he feels the same.

"ECU wants me at either position," Fain said. "I have been told I am not fast enough for defensive end, but as long as I'm chasing the ball I don't care. I really have no preference, I played defensive end all day yesterday up at ODU and it felt good."

Fain plans to commit to a school sometime between October and December. He wants to make sure he picks the place that he wants to be.

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