Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic 2019 tight end Tyler DeVera may be somewhat new to football, but the game runs in his family. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end was a baseball player first, but picked up football as a freshman in high school. Heading into his junior season, DeVera is eager for his first big shot.
“I feel like I've caught on pretty quick in adjusting to the game,” DeVera said. “I feel like I can step in and play as a junior … big time. … Watching professional games and seeing my brother and how successful he is, it's definitely a huge factor in wanting to play.”
DeVera is the younger brother of Brendan DeVera, who won a state championship with Wayne (N.J.) Hills as a quarterback and linebacker. He signed with Rutgers to play fullback under coach Chris Ash and offensive coordinator Jerry Kill.
“It's awesome watching him because he's been working so hard,” DeVera said. “He was very under-recruited and then Rutgers finally gave him a chance. It's awesome to see him up on that stage.”
DeVera followed along with his brother to camps as a sophomore, and plans to be busy in spring and summer with his own development and evaluation.
“As a tight end, I like that I can be a wide receiver and go out and catch passes, but I still can play like a lineman and block also,” DeVera said. “You get the joy of being a receiver and catching a touchdown while also making big blocks.”
DeVera saw limited time as a varsity athlete to date, but projects to start for Nunzio Campanile this season as a tight end.
“Coach Nunzio really is an offensive guru,” DeVera said. “How he coaches, how he views offenses and formations, I like that. There's so much to learn from him.”