When Dylan Wyatt stood on the field CEFCU Stadium a year ago, he imagined himself intercepting passes and making the Spartan faithful roar. On Feb. 23, that vision took a step closer into reality with his first scholarship offer from none other than San Jose State.
Wyatt and his teammates were on the Spartans' field in 2016 when, said Wyatt, “The coach said, ‘I can see you guys playing here one day. Just keep playing hard and grinding.’
"I thought, ‘I could see myself playing here too,'" Wyatt recalled. "After I went there, my focus was to keep working hard and stand out so maybe I could eventually get an offer from them."
When the offer eventually came, Wyatt said, “I was at home and my mom was just excited as soon as I got the call. Once I told her that I got the offer she just broke out crying because I’ll be the first one in my family to go Division I on a football scholarship. She started crying because she knew she didn’t have to pay for school.
"My dad was at work, once he got home he gave me a big hug and started crying. When he started crying I knew it was a big deal. For a minute, I was just shocked because I’ve been working so hard. I knew it was going to pay off eventually.”
The Berkeley (Calif.) defensive back is being recruited by San Jose State defensive backs coach Will Harris and running backs coach Alonzo Carter. Wyatt has a previously established relationship with Carter, who is well-known in the Bay Area for his previous stops at the high school and junior college levels.
“Coach (Carter), he just got there this year, and as soon as I saw him he gave me a big hug,” Wyatt said. “Him and my dad go way back. He was like an uncle to me… I was fortunate to (visit) there with my school, and when I learned I could possibly be going there for football, I was just blessed.”
That offer also sparked the interest of several other schools. In a matter of days, Wyatt said he received increased interest from schools including Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Wyoming.
His measurables leave little doubt as to the potential schools see in Wyatt.
“I feel my strengths are my length in my arms, and how tall I am,” Wyatt said. “I’m 6-foot-2 with a really long wingspan. Quarterbacks try to test me like throwing a deep ball. I had seven interceptions last year and I had a lot of pass breakups also. I’m very physical and I’m not afraid to come press or play off. I switch up my game a lot to confuse the quarterback. I feel I can play man, I can play zone, I can play anything.”
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