Class of 2010 Prospect Eyeing Gators

Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson High School has already produced one great Gator in Jermaine Cunningham among other notable college players across the Southeast. And there's another rising star coming up behind them.

Tyrone Cornileus is a 6-2, 190-pound linebacker who wraps up his sophomore year in a few weeks. Although, he's just a sophomore, he's already drawing attention from college coaches. caught up with Cornileus and his father to get an update on how he's doing.

Personal Interest:
Tyrone has maintained an A/B average throughout elementary, middle, and high school. Tyrone would like to study engineering and someday design amusement parks.

Top 5 Picks:
Florida, Auburn, Southern California, South Carolina, and Georgia Tech.

Tyrone has excelled at running back and linebacker. As a running back in the 7th grade he scored 36 touchdowns. Currently, he is primarily playing linebacker. This year, you can expect to see Tyrone playing some tailback as well. At the next level, most of the coaches see him as a linebacker or safety.

Offense: North-Suth runner, great speed and power, ability to make big plays at any moment. Tyrone has great catching abilities from the backfield and as a receiver

Defense: Hard-hitting linebacker, reads exceptionally well, takes on blocks with confidence, exceptional in the open field with great range. Excellent at dropping back and covering receivers.

Tyrone has attended the Florida Gator Camp annually since he was eight years old. Two years ago he was selected most outstanding camper by the Gator coaching staff. In the most recent Scout Combine in Atlanta, as a 10th grader, he was ranked in the top 10 percent. Last month he was invited and participated in the 150 Elite UnderArmour Training Camp At Auburn University.

Tyrone has had the opportunity to attend Gator Football camps under the leadership of Steve Spurrier, Ron Zook, and now Urban Meyer. He has always connected well with the football players and staff since he was eight years old.

"Right now, Florida, is my number one school of choice," Cornileus said. "I have grown up as a Gator. Both of my parents are graduates of the University of Florida. I have had one uncle and three aunts that also graduated from Florida. Currently, I have two cousins and a sister that is attending the University of Florida. My sister is majoring in Sports Medicine and has done some work/classes with the football program."

Tyrone Cornileus, Sr...

"Tyrone has expressed great interest in the University of Florida. Both his Mother and I are graduates of the University of Florida, with a host of other relatives as well. As stated earlier his sister India is currently attending the University of Florida and is scheduled to graduate in 2010."

Strengths and Weaknesses: "As a football player he is strong across the board with exceptional athleticism. The area that he needs to work on is - as a linebacker I would like to see or hear him be more vocal. Depending on what position he plays at the next level, he may need put on more weight and he has the frame to do that."

Leadership: "He is somewhat on the quiet side, however, he does lead by example exceptionally well. He has a great work ethic and trains really hard."

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