Paul Tyson sees spring as the next opportunity to move his recruitment forward.
Some major programs have started to express interest in the sophomore quarterback from Trussville, Ala., since the season ended. But the first scholarship offer has yet to materialize. Tyson views spring ball, when coaches can watch him throw in person, as an audition.
“I think a lot of it depends on how I do in spring,” Tyson said. “I know our coaches at Trussville do such a good job. We’ll have like 80 schools come down to watch us play. They could see how I perform from there or how I perform during the season.”
Tyson is willing to wait while continuing to communicate with some programs.
Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are among those on the list so far. Irish offensive coordinator Chip Long first met Tyson during his stint at Memphis. Long and the 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect have stayed in contact since.
Tyson plans to follow up by visiting Notre Dame for Sophomore Day, which is scheduled for April 2. He’s one of several prospects in the Class of 2019 expected.
“It’s been great,” Tyson said. “I actually met him when he was at Memphis. I visited for a game up there when they played South Florida. Once he moved to Notre Dame it was just awesome. It worked out perfectly. He kept following me and now wants me to come up for junior day. I’m really excited about it. It’s a great opportunity because Notre Dame is just a huge school. I love it.”
Even though the Irish are coming off a 4-8 season that led to the coaching staff shakeup that brought Long to South Bend, Tyson views Notre Dame in the same light as other top programs. Namely, he thinks the Irish can play at the top of college football.
“I know for sure Notre Dame is a team that can compete for a national championship,” Tyson said. “They’re a great team and probably the most well known in the country. Everybody knows who Notre Dame is.”
Right now Notre Dame is the only planned spring visit. He’s recently made trips to Alabama and Clemson. Mississippi State and Southern Miss are also expressing some interest.
Tyson has one major family connection to the Crimson Tide: He’s the great grandson of legendary coach Bear Bryant. At this stage, however, that’s more just a talking point. Tyson is eager to see what doors the recruiting process opens.
“I’m looking for a place that really best fits me and a team that I can really affect to win a national championship,” Tyson said. “Somewhere they need me the most. Honestly, I’d just love to be on a campus that almost feels like home.”