Pennsylvania Linebacker Hoping To Impress

Illinois has been active in recruiting Pennsylvania the past few years. From Hubie Graham to Corey Lewis, the home of the reigning Super Bowl champion has been good to the Illini. This year is no different as the Fighting Illini has shown in Tyler Zimmer among others.

The Penn Trafford High School Warriors football team struggled this past season. They alternated wins for most of the season. Despite a losing record, the Warriors earned a berth in the playoffs partly because of a winning record in their league. Their stay in the playoffs, however, was short-lived as they suffered a blowout loss.

"Our record last year was 4-6, and we made it to the first round of the playoffs but lost to Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) 42-0," Tyler Zimmer explains. "This year I think we'll be ten times better. We've got a good coach, and he's really awesome. I think we're going to be better."

The 6'-1", 210 athlete played both ways for his team.

"Last year I started at linebacker and slot receiver. It was my first year starting. I want to improve my strength, to gain more weight and to become faster. I have great lateral speed and I think tackling is a strength."

Colleges are only looking for him to play on the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker.

"I've gotten interest from Buffalo, Syracuse, Penn State, and Illinois, through emails and the like. I grew up a fan of Penn State and if they offered me, they're going to be my first choice. My choice is mostly going to depend on who offers me and the program they have."

Tyler has had a fairly quiet spring.

"I had a junior day visit at Buffalo."

Although he has not been on the Illinois campus, Tyler had good things to say about Illinois.

"I really like their program. It'd be awesome to play there. They definitely have a strong linebacker corps."

Tyler reports a 3.1 GPA. He has taken the SAT but hasn't received his score yet. He would like to possibly study sports management in college.


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