Dontez Tyler has camped at NC State and three other schools so far this summer, and Pack Pride caught up with him recently.
The 6-4, 220-pound versatile prospect from Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford County hails from a high school that is not known for putting a lot of elite Division I talent into the next level, so the recruiting scene is unfamiliar to both Tyler and the people around him.
Some colleges believe Tyler is best suited to play defensive end once he reaches the next level, but there isn't full consensus. Virginia Tech, for example, would like to try Tyler out at tight end.
To date, Tyler has landed a quartet of offers and attended several camps with the hopes of landing even more. He gave Pack Pride the latest on his recruiting.
"I have offers from UVa, Maryland, VCU and Arkansas," Tyler said. "So far I've been to Duke, State, Maryland and I'm about to go to Virginia. Those were all camps."
Tyler told us that he believes he performed best at the Duke camp. Though the Blue Devils have not offered Tyler a scholarship yet, David Cutcliffe and his assistant coaches have told him that one will be on the way if they become convinced he can score high enough on the SAT to gain admission to the school. He also camped at Old Dominion and said he performed especially well there as well.
Arkansas is the only school that has offered that Tyler has not been able to visit so far, and he might have to wait until the time for official visits before he gets down to check out the Razorbacks, the lone SEC program that is heavily pursuing him. Tyler said all of his offers came in towards the end of his school year at Hertford County. He recently took the SAT for the first time and said he plans on taking it again at least once more.
Where does NC State fit into all of this? As Tyler said, he camped in Raleigh but the Pack has not offered him a scholarship yet.
"It went wonderful," he said of the NC State camp. "I liked that camp a whole lot. Coach (Keith) Willis is my recruiting coach. I've got a good relationship with him. I think they're gonna offer me too. I liked the school and I really liked the environment."
Tyler wasn't sure if the Pack is seriously considering an offer, but he believes the amount of attention they have directed towards him was a pretty good sign that one might be on the way.
When asked whether he has any favorites at this point among schools that have offered or all the schools he is considering Tyler replied, "Not at this point. I like 'em all."
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