Making Super State is a big deal in and of itself. It's the Lincoln Journal Star's top honor given to football players around the state. As it is with many awards and/or honors, it's usually the seniors who rake them up. McCook's Tyrone Sellers was one who broke the trend, taking the honors as a junior.
For almost every school in Nebraska , playing both ways isn't an opportunity, it's a requirement. And if you are a legit Division 1-A prospect, chances are you are going to see the field a whole lot during the course of a game.
Tryone did that last season, stating that depending on the situation, he played running back, receiver, tight end, defensive end, on the kickoff coverage unit and he was a punt-blocking machine. On the season, Sellers had three punt blocks coming off the edge, 73 total tackles from the defensive end position, including 17 for loss and seven sacks. Sellers also caught 13 passes for 174 yards, just one shy of half of those receptions going for scores.
At 6-4, 215 pounds, you can see how ideal Sellers could be for a number of positions. And it would seem some schools agree. " Kansas State offered me as a tight end, Kansas offered me as a defensive end and Wyoming offered me as a linebacker," Sellers said of his three written offers thus far. "I would like to play defensive end in college, but really, I will play wherever that team needs me to play."
The Wildcats were the first to offer Sellers, stemming from a performance at their camp this last year, where he was worked almost exclusively at tight end. Tyrone said that when September 1st arrived, the K. State offer was on his doorstep. "That was big. It was big. It was my first offer and you don't know what's going to happen in the future," Sellers said. "You hope there's more, but to get that first one, it was pretty special."
The three offers are nice, but it would be a much nicer list if there was a certain fourth being thrown on the pile. It's not that it would make a certain team to the east a shoo-in for him, but growing up in the Cornhusker-state, to get an offer from them is the realization of fan-loyalty which goes back as far as he can remember. "I grew up loving them like so many others in the state. Everyone just dreams about playing there and in front of those fans," he said. "But that is me the fan, and while I am one, a decision about college should be made on a lot more than just what team you liked growing up."
The criteria is different for each, of course, but there are certain similarities with seemingly all. One of the foundations of any decision on college, though, is the college itself. Sure, it might have a football program which everyone knows about, talks about and even loves. But Sellers has other things on his mind. "Education has to be the most important. I mean, that's what you are going to college to do," he said. "Football is great and I love playing it, but when football is over, it's your education that you have left. I plan on getting a good one."
With all the recent changes in Nebraska , Sellers has watched with eagerness, looking toward Lincoln like many, wondering how all of this upheaval would effect the program. What he's seen from inside Lincoln itself to the borders of this seemingly one-dimensional state, has brought a smile to his face. "Kids are walking on again, turning down offers to smaller schools and just wanting to be part of what's going on there," he said. "I have met coach (Barney) Cotton, but I am eager to meet coach Pelini."
Pelini's style is well-chronicled by this point:
He's insatiable in his work-ethic and equally so in how he expects others to work for him and around him. But even with the taskmaster-style, Pelini's reputation is that he's not only fair, but he'll never lead you the wrong way. Sellers said of Pelini and coaches in general, that is what he likes and what he thinks most players want.
Just give it to me straight.
"I think as a coach, you have to be honest with players and I know that is what I would want. You want honesty, constructive criticism and for a coach just to be fair," he said.
While some kids have turned down smaller schools, ranging from Division II to Division 1-AA, just for a chance to walk on at Nebraska , don't expect Sellers to turn down what will probably be more than three Division 1-A teams for a chance to do the same. He's our second-ranked player in the state for a reason, just sitting behind fellow two-way star, Millard South's Vondrae Tostenson.
With recruiting still so early, Tyrone is soaking it in, not worry about the offers he doesn't have right now, and he's just looking forward to seeing how this interesting and privileged journey plays out. "It's an honor for schools to be interested in you to the point of offering you. That means a lot to me," Tyrone said. "I think I owe it to each of those schools to show them all the kind of interest they have shown me.
"So, I am wide-open right now, and I am going to take as much as I can in, figure out what I am going to do with visits and just go through the process. It's a big decision for anyone when it comes to where they go to college. You need to think about it and make sure you are going to a place that's good for you. I'm going to do that and just see how it all goes."
Sellers reports that he currently has a 3.5 GPA and scored a 24 on his ACT last year.