2011 Running Back Interested in USC

Greenbrier HS (Evan, GA) running back D.J. Tyson has the potential to be one of the top running backs in the state of Georgia's 2011 class. The talented slasher is small in stature, but runs with authority. He is already receiving interest from some of the top programs in the southeast. Read inside as GamecockAnthem.com has the full report on this emerging prospect.

Recruiting may be about to pick up for potentially one of the state of Georgia's top 2011 running backs. Greenbrier HS (Evans, GA) prospect D.J. Tyson is already receiving interest from some of the top programs in the southeast including South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Clemson and North Carolina State.

"They send me stuff out. I've been getting a lot of letters from colleges saying they've received my tape and they're evaluating me," the 5-8, 160 pound Tyson says. "I've been getting feedback from my tapes. So far, the way the schools are sounding it sounds like they are interested they just can't really talk to me right now."

While that first program has yet to take the plunge and offer Tyson a scholarship, he believes that day could come soon. The recruiting services have already taken notice of Tyson's talent. Last summer he was invited to the Scout.com/Under Armour Combine in the Georgia Dome, according to his father, even though he was just a rising sophomore and the camp was for juniors and seniors. Tyson was also the youngest player to attend Vanderbilt's "Senior Elite" camp last summer, according to his father.

The talented back described what type of runner he sees himself as.

"My style of running is more of a slasher [with] quickness," he says. "[I] find the hole and go [or] make you miss."

It is still early in the process and the talented slasher is taking a step-by-step approach to the recruiting process. He is also receiving advice on the process from his cousin, Marlboro County wide receiver Kinsman Thomas, who recently signed with Eastern Michigan.

"I'm not looking at any [particular] schools really hard," Tyson say. "Just basically, just looking, whoever comes [with an offer] that's where I'm going. I'm just trying to find the right fit as far as coaches and academics."

Tyson has already visited South Carolina, NC State, GT and Clemson. He says that each visit was a positive one.

"All of my unofficial visits have been great," he said. "I liked every school that I've been to so far, the fan base, everything. All the fans from every school treat you like family basically."

While nothing in particular stood out to put one team above the others, Tyson tried to describe any differences in the visits he took.

"South Carolina's atmosphere is more like a family atmosphere. When you're there and you get there and get in the stadium everyone is there to see the game and have a good time. Georgia Tech is basically the same way. They're great. They have the walk. They're great. They're friendly people just like South Carolina and North Carolina State. North Carolina State, they do things different than other schools. But schools aren't all the same. I like them. Their players were really friendly, too."

Tyson has a special connection to South Carolina that has them in the mix. His father, Rodney Tyson, played football with current South Carolina standout Travian Robertson's father, Tony Robertson. The two remain friends to this day.

"(Travian Robertson) said it is a nice school," Tyson says. "He says it would be nice for us to play together, but I know he would probably be gone on to the NFL by the time I get there."

Tyson gave his thoughts on the South Carolina program.

"They have great facilities," he said. "I like the way the stadium and the school is set up, like the way it is in the middle of the city."

Tyson is currently in the middle of a chase for the Georgia State Championship in basketball. After basketball season he will immediately turn to running track and working out. With a personal trainer as well, Tyson won't have much time to get to schools this spring, but he does plan to hit the camp circuit this summer.

The Peach State star claims no favorites or leaders at this point, but he does know what he is looking for in the school he eventually chooses.

"Well first I want to have a great coaching staff, a coaching staff that I can get along with. Once you're gone from home you still need a father figure so to speak. So a coaching staff that is friendly, cares about their players. The academics have to be good. Just a great atmosphere, atmosphere as a town, the people, the students, just a lot of it plays into my decision."

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