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Irish impress Alabama quarterback at Invasion

Alabama legacy Paul Tyson made his second trip to South Bend to attend Irish Invasion. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback has a growing interest in Notre Dame.

Quarterback Paul Tyson visited Notre Dame for the first time back on April 30. The Trussville Ala., product enjoyed that introduction enough that he scheduled a return look last weekend for Irish Invasion.

In fact, his family jumped at the chance to be back in South Bend.

"It was a camp that they invited me to and honestly, I just loved it up there, great campus, really good environment and just wanted to get up there again to see the coaches and compete," Tyson said.

The '19 passer is building strong bonds with a pair of Irish offensive coaches.

"The main two coaches I've been speaking with is coach (Chip) Long and coach (Tom) Rees," Tyson said. "Coach Long was at Memphis and I knew him there before he came up to Notre Dame. I just really liked him and got to know him more and more from visiting up there. And I got to know coach Rees, the quarterbacks coach who actually played at Notre Dame. I'm getting to know him too."

Tyson broke down his camp experience.

"I just think it was a lot of fun competing and meeting some new guys from around the area," Tyson said. "Really just having a fun time enjoying the campus. We got to go through it like it was a game, just the walk that the Notre Dame players do before the game. It was fun getting to play in their stadium. It was really something nice."

Being the grandson of Paul "Bear" Bryant typically dominates Tyson's personal story.

Tyson doesn't try to downplay that topic. Instead, he embraces that heritage.

"Honestly, I really love it," Tyson said. "It's a great thing to have going on in my life but that's definitely the headline most of the time."

Not only does Tyson feel comfortable at Notre Dame, his parents are growing fond of the Irish and what the university can offer.

"My mom and dad came this time and last time, one of my three sisters came up there," Tyson said. "My mom really likes how the academics is good and they all love the campus. It's just a really nice campus."

The Tyson family were Kentucky-bound when their Notre Dame visit came to an end.

With a Kentucky offer on the table, Tyson will get a chance to check out the Wildcats and compete on their field.

"I'm going to a camp here and then we should be starting our summer practices for Hewitt-Trussville on Monday, so I'll be doing that," Tyson said.

If Notre Dame were to offer Tyson, it wouldn't be taken lightly.

"It would mean a lot," Tyson said. "Notre Dame is a huge school. Everyone in the country knows about Notre Dame and that would be a huge honor and that would really mean a lot to me."

Unlike many top recruits from SEC country, Tyson is completely open to leaving the South for his college years.

"Anywhere that best fits me, honestly," Tyson said. "Anywhere that I could fit in to help that team win a National Championship, that would be the best place for me."

Tyson will play his junior season with one of Alabama's top programs this year after transferring from Mountain Brook to powerhouse Hewitt-Trussville.

Currently, Tyson holds offers from Army, Connecticut, Jacksonville State and Kentucky while drawing interest from Alabama, Clemson, Memphis, Mississippi State and others.

He threw for 1,110 yards, nine touchdowns and zero interceptions last season.

Scout Regional Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu liked what he saw from Tyson during Irish Invasion.

"Paul Tyson from Alabama also threw the ball well," Trieu said. "He is a 2019 prospect with nice size and a couple early offers including Kentucky." Top Stories