Alt On Whirlwind Camp Tour

The prospect camp schedule for Greensburg Central Catholic's Tyler Alt has been one of the busiest and most diverse of any prospect in the northeast.

Tyler Alt is a 6-2, 256-pound lineman, who is being projected as an defensive lineman, or offensive guard. Depending on the camp, Alt still has different opinions on which side of the ball he'll end up on, but he still has time to decide that.

The Pitt camp was his first, where according to him, he ran a 4.84 time in the 40. Alt worked in as both an offensive and defensive lineman, and got good feedback from both offensive line coach Tony Wise, and defensive line coach Greg Gattuso.

"I felt I did pretty good, I ran really fast, but I was a little rusty with the football stuff," Alt said. "(Wise and Gattuso) said I did pretty good, and they said they'd be watching me this year. I really liked it."

Both of Alt's parents are Pitt grads, so if he were to be offered by the Panthers in the fall, Pitt could be one of the favorites right away.

"When I was first born, my dad put a Pitt shirt on me," Alt added. "My mom and my dad both went to Pitt, but I will look around. This year has been great for me. I've been able to see a lot of colleges and enjoy the recruiting process."

Since the Pitt camp, Alt went south for a week, working out at prospect camps at Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Clemson. Each one was different from each other.

"They are all different types of camps," Alt said. "N.C. State was more rotations. They broke up the seniors and juniors while we did drills. Then, we got together for one-on-ones.

"At UNC, everyone was together. I did defense at UNC. Clemson was a three-day camp, but I could only go for one day. The one day I went to was offense in the morning, defense in the afternoon."

Of all those schools, he got the biggest feedback from North Carolina defensive line coach John Blake.

"He was really funny," Alt said of Blake. "He came up after the camp, and he said I did really good on defense. The o-line coach wants to see my tape. They liked the moves I had on offense and defense, they said there's a possibility of an offer. They want to come up this year and watch a game, or have me send film from offense."

Alt isn't done yet. Last week, he was at Notre Dame for a prospect camp, then took a short trip up to Michigan. He also has a camp at Virginia scheduled for later this month. There's also three team camps scheduled at Akron, Cincinnati and Vanderbilt--three camps where there will be a 7-on-7 for the skill players, and a lineman challenge of some sorts for the linemen. A trip to Miami (FL) is also a possibility.

The whole experience is a great thing for Alt. He gets to see a number of different programs, workout at a different camp with a different setup almost every time, but most importantly get different feedback at every camp. While it's a push to get as many people to look at him, in hopes of attracting a scholarship, more importantly Alt is making himself a better football player in the process.

"I'll go anywhere they want me to go," Alt said. "Most coaches said for my size, I'm going to play inside--guard, center or defensive tackle. I'm planning on growing a little bit, so maybe then it would be d-end or tackle.

"I've got to thank my dad for driving (to all the camps). It's awesome--just seeing all the stadiums, seeing the facilities. It's crazy what colleges can do these days."

Alt has seen a pretty significant amount of time in his first two years at Greensburg Central, a school that plays or starts mostly seniors year in and year out. Alt finished with five sacks as a sophomore last year, while wrapping up a number of tackles in run support--which is mostly what he saw from his opponents. Not too many teams threw the ball against his team.


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