"I'm going to take a couple visits," Tezino said. "I'm looking
for that perfect fit."
The homey feeling and getting a quality education is a big part of that equation.
"I'm looking for a school I can feel at home basically. If I can feel at home I can do what I did in high school and break a bunch of records. But I tell all of the coaches if I don't play another down I just want to make sure I graduate with a quality degree. I am looking to set myself up to be successful after football. I love football but it's only a small shelf in your life. That's reality."
Who is on the docket to visit next?
"I already took my visit to Washington State. I am supposed to go to San Diego State next weekend and Ole Miss the last weekend in January. Ole Miss has been talking to my coaches a lot lately. That's what they are telling me, so."
What are the Ole Miss coaches saying?
"They just want me to come down there and take a visit. Their defense is based on speed, and they love how I run to the ball. They also like how I cover. They use their outside linebackers a lot in coverages. They are looking to bring in a really fast linebacker who can cover the edges for them."
What does Kyahva Tezino hope to learn about Ole Miss on that trip?
"I want to see how much they care about football. I hear down in the South they care a lot. I just want to see it up close. I want to see how much they love football down in the South. My teammate, Kevin Scott, is going down there with me. I know Kevin is really interested in them. It's a good opportunity for both of us. We are going to trip to San Diego State together too."
What is going on with San Diego State?
"I don't go to schools off of name recognition. It's more about how I fit in. It doesn't have to be a powerful school. I just want to see where I can show my skills. San Diego State wants to give me an opportunity to be a big part of their defense."
What stood out about Washington State to make a verbal?
"I liked it when I went up there. It's a nice campus. The campus is small like my high school. I don't like big cities and schools. I want to get into a true college town. I thought it was the right school for me, but like I said earlier, I am still looking for that perfect school."
The 6' 1", 215-pound defender is built off of speed.
"Utah offered me at safety, but most of the schools like me at linebacker. That is where I want to play. I have put on about 15 pounds, but I still run a 4.5. I rushed for over 1,100 yards this season. We ended up beating the number two seed in the playoffs. Everyone doubted us all season but finished strong."
Kyahva finished with 112 tackles, 10 loss, and 2 sacks on the season. He averaged almost 10 yards a carry for the season and was named his League's MVP for his play on the field. Tezino also earned All-State status.
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at email@example.com
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