A two-year member of Team Mississippi, a team of Mississippi high school all stars that played in the Sunbelt Classic in McAlester, Oklahoma, Tyler has shown that he is one of the better hitters in the state of Mississippi.
"I hit 14 home runs and had about 40 RBI," said Tyler. However, he expressed disappointment in last season's batting average. "My batting average wasn't what I thought it should have been. It was .383."
Tyler has been a starter, at least on a limited basis, as early as his 8th grade year.
"I actually played a few varsity games as an 8th grader for Southeast Lauderdale (High School)," said the 6-2, 200-pounder. "I started as a 9th grade for Meridian High School. I went to Meridian my 9th and 10th grades, then I moved back to Southeast Lauderdale last year."
With July 1st, the first day college coaches can call senior recruits, fast approaching, what colleges are expressing an interest in him?
"I have received a few invitations to watch a few games at Ole Miss," said Tyler. "I received a packet from Southern (Miss). I went to 3 or 4 Ole Miss games this past year and a few Southern games. Other than that, I didn't go to any."
What schools is he interested in?
One school may have an advantage over the others.
"I have a lot of Ole Miss fans in my family, so I couldn't help but be an Ole Miss fan," said Tyler. "I have a lot of Ole Miss clothes."
However, one other school has its own advantage due to what he plans on majoring in in college.
"Other than baseball, I'm looking at going into Architecture and Ole Miss doesn't have that and (Mississippi) State has a good program," said Tyler.
That won't be the sole factor, however.
"Wherever the scholarship money is," said Tyler. "Money talks."
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