Season Wrap-Up: Tyler Alberts

Tyler Alberts headed into the 2010 football season with no varsity experience, yet he concluded the campaign with big numbers and a North Carolina scholarship.

"It was a whirlwind," Alberts said. "I never would have thought things would have played out like this, but I'm glad they did."

After focusing much of his prep career on baseball, Alberts, a 6-foot-8, 220-pounder, decided to play football this season. His play at defensive end and tight end for Lewisville (N.C.) Forsyth Country Day earned him significant college interest.

"[Deciding to play football] was one of the best decisions I've made," Alberts said.

Alberts ended the season with 32 receptions for 495 yards and seven touchdowns, and 47 tackles, including 15 sacks, two pass breakups, and a blocked field goal.

Besides the college interest, Alberts was named to the All-Central Piedmont Football Conference and NCISAA All-State teams, and selected to the private school Shrine Bowl, which will be played on Nov. 26 in Charlotte.

"I'm really excited about [playing in the Shrine Bowl]," Alberts said. "That should be a lot of fun. I'm thankful I get a chance to play in that."

With Alberts's assistance, Forsyth Country Day went 6-4, but was knocked out of the NCISAA 11-man Division II playoffs in the first round by Harrells (N.C.) Christian.

"It ended a little bit earlier than we hoped it would have, but overall we had a good season," Alberts said. "We had some good wins."

Now that the season is over, Alberts says it has begun to sink in that he'll be playing college football next year.

"It feels awesome," Alberts said. "I'm just so ready to get down to Carolina and get after it."

Alberts's communication with Allen Mogridge, his primary recruiter, has remained constant even after making his verbal commitment in early October. At the very least, the two talk on the phone every week.

"He just asks how I'm doing, how things are going with my grades and school, how I'm living, how my life is going, how my family is doing – just everything," Alberts said. "He's a great guy."

Although Mogridge is doing his due diligence in asking, grades aren't a concern.

"I'm good with the [NCAA] Clearinghouse," Alberts said.

Outside of the Georgia Tech game, Alberts has attended all of UNC's home games. He'll be in Chapel Hill this Saturday for the game again Virginia Tech, but will miss the NC State game because of the Shrine Bowl.

Alberts will be back in Chapel Hill the weekend of Dec. 4 for his UNC official visit.

"[UNC] threw that date out there and it works for both my parents' schedules," Alberts said. "It's an added bonus that [UNC's basketball team] is playing Kentucky. That will be a fun game to go to."

Other schools continue to pursue Alberts, but he's not listening.

"Whenever [other schools] call me, I just tell them to call Coach [Mark] Moroz," Alberts said. "And Coach Moroz tells them I'm firm with Carolina."

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