"(Taharin) has been a starter for three years," said Gary Rankin, Head Coach at Alcoa High. "He started as a freshman and has played in a lot of big games. He's got great vision and great feet. He's about 235 pounds. He's a pretty good running back for us," Rankin continued.
Playing fullback, Tyson ran for 465 yards on less than 50 carries helping to lead Alcoa to a state championship and an undefeated 15-0 record.
"He had a great year. He averaged about 10 yards per carry," said Rankin. "He just needs to get a little bigger, faster and stronger. We're just trying to help him become a better athlete. This year he'll play a lot more on defense too," continued Rankin.
While Tyson doesn't hold any offers at this point, Kentucky has shown interest. "(Taharin) and (Darrell) Warren were both in Lexington for Kentucky's Junior day," said Rankin. "I believe they've got him on the radar."
Tyson's teammate, Darrell Warren, also had a good year for Alcoa.
"He's a defensive end," said Rankin. "He's going to play some tailback for us too. He's about 6-foot-1, 225-pounds. He's an excellent defensive end and pass rusher. He was defensive MVP in our area and has played a lot of football for us," Rankin finished.
Warren had 50 total tackles last year, with 13 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.
"He's trying to get bigger. If he plays defensive end at the next level, he'll have to get bigger and stronger," Rankin said. "He was great for us. He was all-state at defensive end."
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