Many people expected Marc Tyler (6-1, 215 pounds) to wait to announce his decision until much later in the year, but he is ready to end his recruitment as early as next week.
"I'm trying to [announce] by next week, I don't have a date though," Tyler responded when asked about the timing of his college decision. "I'll probably have a little something at my school in the gym.
"I know where I'm going and I want to get it over with. Everyone's asking me where I'm going, so I just want to get it over with and be a part of the family."
Tyler, who had over 25 scholarship offers, had narrowed his choices to Notre Dame, USC and Michigan in late April and he has now shaved his list to two schools. "USC and Notre Dame," Tyler replied when asked which colleges he would decide between.
"The USC coaches, their style of play over there and the intensity," explained Marc as the reason the Trojans had made his final cut. "It reminds me of my Pop Warner days when everybody is excited and ready to go. You get better at practice every single day. All the coaches are pretty excited about football, and they have fun at their job. They're going to play the best player, and it's all about competing. I like that.
"It's also close to home. Being a California boy, and my dad playing in California, I like California."
Like USC there are similar reason the Irish made Tyler's final pair.
"With Notre Dame you always think about the great academics and their graduation rate," Tyler said. "Coach Weis is a great coach and he's a guy that can get you to the NFL. He can prepare you for the next level. The offense he runs over there is a pro-style offense and I really like it.
"My quarterback is going there, Jimmy Clausen. With Jimmy going there that's one of the reasons I looked at Notre Dame. I've lived with him going on four years so I'm comfortable with him.
"Notre Dame is going to be good in the years coming up and they're going to do great things," he added.
As a junior (13-0), he was an all-state underclass selection, rushing for 2,196 yards and 39 touchdowns on 182 attempts. Also had 40 receptions for six more scores. Helped lead the Lions to their third straight CIF Division X title.