Irish Have Good Shot at Tyler

Marc Tyler of Oaks Christian high school (Westlake Village, Calif.) will be one of the best running backs in the 2007 recruiting class. USC has been able to sign almost every top player that they have recruited in the Southern California area in recent years, which means the Irish are facing an uphill battle for Tyler.

Despite USC being a recruiting machine over the last several years, Marc Tyler (6-1, 215 pounds) is going to take a good long look at the Irish before he makes a decision. Tyler recently returned from Notre Dame's junior day with a good idea of what the Irish have to offer.

"I spoke with coach Weis one-on-one," Tyler recalled of his junior day experience. "He told me where I fit in with the program. He told me he liked my size and how he liked that I was able to come out of the backfield and catch the ball.

"He said I was the only back he's offered. He said he's looking for a big back, about 210-220 pounds that can be a three-down back, that can go out of the backfield and catch the ball. He said that's what he saw in me."

"We met with our position coaches," Tyler continued. "We toured the facilities, looked at some of the dorms, and then went to the basketball game. I learned a lot about the school."

With Notre Dame being situated in the Midwest and USC being a stone's throw from Tyler's home, one would think that no one would much of have a chance to lure Tyler from Southern California.

"A school like Notre Dame, with a coach like coach Weis, it won't be very hard," Tyler said of the possibility that he'd leave Southern California. "I do like USC, but it's probably going to come down to how many backs they have at both schools and how I fit in.

"I grew up an UCLA fan because my dad went there, but he isn't pushing me toward the Bruins."

Notre Dame has offered Tyler, and he believes a USC offer will be on the way soon. Tyler also holds offers from UCLA, LSU Mississippi, Mississippi State, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State and Nebraska.

"I'll probably wait until after my football season," Tyler said when asked when he planned on making his college choice.


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