Taking his time

With several offers from multiple BCS conferences, wide receiver prospect Tyler Slavin says picking a school will be a tough decision. The talented wide out recently spoke with Big Red Report about his recruitment to this point, summer plans, and his thoughts on the interest from the Huskers. Get the latest inside.

Many players across the country hope to receive just one college offer before their high school days are done. But for Tyler Slavin out of Eleanor Roosevelt high school in Corona (CA), reaching that goal has already been accomplished. He said to the best of his memory, he is up to somewhere around a dozen.

"I have 11 or 12 offers now. I have Nevada, UTEP, Fresno State, UNLV, Washington, Colorado State, Colorado, Northwestern, Arizona State, Arizona and Nebraska. I've been hearing from most of the Pac 10, but those are my only offers so far."

Tyler said most of his offers have been fairly recent, but apparently the interest from Nebraska goes way back.

"Nebraska has been on me for awhile. I remember my coach pulling me out of class my sophomore year and telling me Nebraska just verbally offered me, so they were my first one. I didn't know if it was true or not but that is what my coach said.

"I started to get a lot of mail from them throughout the year. Then my junior year I started to get more of the handwritten stuff. Then they sent me the official offer about a month ago. Right after that they came by the school because I saw one of their coaches there, he is the one recruiting me but I can't remember his name. When I got the offer there was a number to call. I tried calling the number, but haven't been able to reach anyone yet."

Big Red Report: Did you know anything about the Nebraska program when you received the offer?

Tyler Slavin: "Not really, I know they play in the Big 12 and have a history of winning championships.

"But I do know they got a bunch on guys out of California last year. I know they got Taylor Martinez, we played against him last year. He is a great player. He is a real crafty quarterback and he will shake you just when you think you're about to get him. He has kind of a funky release but it gets there, he can throw all over you. I met him once, he seemed like a real cool dude. Once he gets a little bigger, he will be tough to stop."

BRR: Let's get into your recruitment. Why do you think you have all these early offers? Talk a little bit about the different elements of your game, and what you bring to the football field.

TS: "I have good size for a wide out, I'm almost 6-foot-3, and I have my weight up to about 193. But I have good speed for my size too. But I think what makes me unique is I attack the football, like on jump balls and fades. I get off the line good and coaches say I use my hands really well. I just try to be aggressive when I'm out there in everything I do.

"They line me up outside mostly, and they throw me some screen passes and some inverts, maybe a double reverse here and there. Whatever it takes to get the ball in my hands."

BRR: What about other sports, are you just playing football your final year? And what other sports have you participated in over the years?

TS: "I just started playing football my freshman year, but I have played basketball all my life. I might have to drop basketball my senior year and just focus on football. I'm still up in the air over that, because I love to play basketball.

"I also ran track, the 100 meter, the 200 and the 400. My best time in the 100 is a 10.8. I will run track again this year, we are trying to win state. We placed 5th last year, but we have a lot of talent coming back and we want to win it all."

Back on the recruiting front,Tyler went on to discuss his timeframe for a decision and when he thinks he might shut things down.

"I'm going to take my visits during the football season. I want to see the game atmosphere at each school before I pick one. So I will be taking it slow. I'll probably wait and commit after I take all of my visits."

BRR: When you go on those visits, what will you be looking for besides atmosphere?

TS: "First thing I'll be looking at is playing time, like is this school stacked at wide receiver. I also want good academics (3.8 GPA) because I want to go into the medical field.

"Then the coaches and the staff and how they get along with the players. I want coaches that will have my back and push me to the next level. I'll also look at the environment around the school. The offense is also important, like how they use their players."

BRR: What about plans for the summer, how do you plan to stay busy?

TS: "I would do the camp thing, but that gets expensive. I'll just keep doing my speed workouts, maybe play in some basketball tournaments. I plan to just stay fit and keep working out so I can be ready for next year."

Tyler was born in Colorado, and has also lived in Texas, before moving to California. He has good football genes in his family as well, his cousin is former Michigan standout Charles Woodson. Tyler also stated that he felt Arizona was recruiting him the hardest at this stage of the recruiting process. He claimed he has no favorite at this point, and remains wide open to all programs.

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