In the summer Dakotah Tyler gave his verbal commitment to the University of Cincinnati. While he still has a good feeling about the Bearcats he's doing some research before everything is final. We spoke with Tyler to get the latest.
"I guess you could call my commitment to Cincinnati a soft-verbal," Said Tyler on Sunday night. "I'm still committed to Cincinnati but want to look at all of my options as I feel I may have rushed into making my decision back in the summer."
Down to three schools the senior from Pike High School ( ) knows this is a once in a lifetime decision.
"I really want to do more research on the schools that have offered. Indiana, Purdue and Cincinnati all are great programs. But I really want to look at several things before making anything final."
One reason for this change didn't have anything to do with a school, but more about what has happened on the field for Tyler.
"I started the year at quarterback and posted some nice running numbers. We had two of our running backs go down with injuries and then I was moved to running back. When I was quarterbacking my stats were pretty even. Then I was moved to running back and things really started to take off. I really want to play running back in college and not safety."
One program that is pushing the move to running back is Purdue.
"I really have the desire to play running back in college. Purdue will lose their starting running back after this season meaning I could see early playing time as a freshman. That is also something that has me interested in them."
Having already made his official visit to Purdue a few weeks ago left a lasting impression on Tyler.
"My visit at Purdue was great. I had a great time with the players and coaches and really got along with Coach Joel Thomas their running back coach as well. I camped there this past summer and had a chance to work with him and really liked how he coached. I also like what is happening in the program right now as Coach Hope will take over the program after this season. I spent some time with him and he explained to me the direction he's planning on taking the program once he's the head coach.
In a couple of weeks Tyler will take a visit to another in-state program Indiana.
"I'm going to Indiana in a couple of weeks for a game and then will be taking my official visit in November during a home game. Indiana is a program getting good player and upgrading their stadium so things should continue to get better there. There's still kind of an unknown and my decision could be affected with who the coaching staff is. I really like the staff they have in place now and don't know if there would be enough time to learn about a new staff and make a decision."
And where does this leave the team he issued an early verbal commitment to?
"I guess you could list me as a soft verbal commitment with Cincinnati. I'm still committed to them but I want to look at all of my options. I really like Coach Coombs and when I committed there I knew he'd be my safeties coach and I liked that. But I really don't want to play safety unless I can't earn a spot as a running back. Cincinnati has a lot of running backs right now but the coaches have told me I'd be given a chance to play the position if I come there."
Tyler knows his college choice is a very important one and has not set a timetable to make the final call. He first wants to look at all three places and then sit down with his family and coach to make his final decision.
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