Signee Capsule: Calvin Tyler

BeaverBlitz continues to take an in-depth look at the 2017 Signing Class with film breakdown and coaches comments on running back Calvin Tyler.


Calvin Tyler is a compact running back that is used to being the focal point of the offense he is in. This past fall, he led the state of Texas in rushing, totaling 2,835 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns for Silsbee High in the 4A classification. As a junior playing at Beaumont Ozen, in the 5A classification, he rushed for over 1,800 yards and 24 touchdowns. Scout has him ranked as a 3* and the 76th best RB in the nation and 12th best in the state of Texas. Accolades are something Tyler is not short on. He was named league MVP each of the past two seasons. As a senior, Calvin was named the 2016 Super Gold Offensive Player of the Year and the Vype Southeast Texas Payer of the Year. Standout in the classroom as well… Also competes in track and field, as well as basketball.


Jason Phillips – Primary/Area

Telly Lockette -- Position


Tyler had a number of programs recruiting him hard down the stretch with the Beavers being able to prevail in the end, securing his commitment and signature. New Mexico and Kansas in addition to OSU heavily pursued Tyler. He accumulated offers from Army, Cal, Illinois, Lamas, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, and Texas State in addition to the 3 aforementioned programs throughout the recruiting process.


“Oregon State was the best fit for me out of all my schools! It felt like home. Once I took my official visit, I knew I could spend four more year of my life there. The coaches and players that are involved with the team are already a family and I believe that’s what it is all about, becoming a family and that leads to winning ball games!”


At first glance, Beaver fans will be quick to make comparisons to Quizz Rodgers, as both were shorter yet stout high school running back standouts in Texas. Both put up monster numbers and were known for having a nose for the end zone. However, Yvenson Bernard might be the more comparable back, both size and skill wise.

Tyler racked up 2,835 rushing yards as a senior on just 245 carries. Has a good skill set… Great initial burst but does not possess elite top-end speed; powerful enough to run through arm tackles and bounce off of glancing blows, but agile enough to also make people miss in tight spaces. Has good vision… At his best when he can make one cut and get downhill, burst allows him to hit hole hard and get to the 2nd level where his strength and agility allows him to break tackles in the secondary, resulting in a bevy of big yardage carries. At least 25 carries of 40 yards or more… Due to his high volume of carries, he wasn’t asked to do much more than tote the rock, so it is unknown how adept he will be at catching the ball or blocking out of the backfield. Will also need to work on foot speed and upper body strength.

Sillsbee Head Coach, Randy Smith:

Calvin is not only a great and talented young athlete, but also an upstanding young man. You’re not going to find a more coachable athlete, having always done whatever was asked of him. He’s a team player first and has done what he needed to do to win. He was a leader on our team that helped lead us to the playoffs this past season. I know he will be a great teammate and addition to the Oregon State program.


The Beavers did a phenomenal job of identifying two high quality running backs down the stretch after losing two longtime commits in TJ Green (Utah) and Isaiah Miller (early enrollee at Missouri). Coach Phillips was able to get the Beavers in the door due to his relationship with Tyler stemming from his time at Kansas. While Phillips got OSU in the door, Telly Lockette did a lot of the heavy lifting, selling Tyler on the program and community. Coach Andersen was able to seal the deal just after Tyler returned from his official visit to Oregon State. 

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