Herdhaven Follow Up: Ty Tyler

Marshall’s top two tacklers on its 2014 defense combined for 227 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. One of them also snagged an interception to all but end the Conference USA championship game and bring the trophy to Huntington, West Virginia for the very first time. Both of the aforementioned players were linebackers.

Neville Hewitt and Jermaine Holmes will go down in Thundering Herd history with the likes of Max Yates, Larry McCloud, John Grace, Jermaine Swafford, Albert Barber, Andre O’Neal, and Shannon and William King as some of the best linebackers in school history. Both players graduated and reinforcements are high on the priority list for Doc Holliday, and his recruiting coordinator Todd Hartley.

As was mentioned yesterday, the Herd coaching staff is attacking that need head on, and already has commitments from Doyle Grimes, Marquis Couch, Sage Lewis and Ty Tyler.

Herdhaven.com recently caught up with Ty Tyler to touch base on his recruitment. Tyler committed to the Herd over the summer, and many experts think he could be one of the best recruits of the Herd’s 2015 recruiting class.

Tyler is a big, fast, ball hawking linebacker who entered his senior season with high expectations. I asked Tyler how his senior season went, and he said, “It was tough, playing football and making sure I was getting things done to be eligible made it tough.” He was still able to work through everything and have a very successful season.

The 6’3”, 231 pound linebacker from Punta Gorda, Florida put up huge numbers. By the time the season had ended, Tyler has registered 56 tackles. Tyler forced a mind boggling 8 fumbles throughout his senior campaign. He had 11 sacks, knocked down 13 passes, recovered four fumbles and had two touchdowns. Those numbers goes to show the play making ability of Ty Tyler.

Tyler is rated three stars by scout.com recruiting services. Tyler is 95th best outside linebacker in the country. That rating puts him at 30th best in the south, and 12th best in the talent rich state of Florida. Tyler also had early offers from South Alabama, Toledo and UAB. Tyler was highly impressed with linebackers coach Adam Fuller.

Tyler remains a solid commitment to the Herd and the Herd coaching staff. He said, “yes, I am committed, I didn’t even put together a senior highlight tape to send out. “ Tyler was very impressed with the Herd in the Boca Raton Bowl. He also thought it was great how quarterback Rakeem Cato represented linebacker Evan McKelvey by wearing number 31 in the bowl game.

Ty Tyler is one player who could step into the linebacker rotation from day one. Doc Holliday has proven in the past he has no problem playing a true freshman linebacker if they are good enough to help the team win a championship.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.

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