Greenbrier HS (Evans, Ga.) RB D.J. Tyson may have been one of the busiest rising junior prospects in the Southeast this time last year.
And with a whirlwind 2010 schedule featuring basketball and track, plus enough junior days, unofficial visits, camps and combines to make your head spin, it doesn't appear things are going to slow down any time soon for the now rising senior prospect.
"I got invited to both the Nike Combine and the Nike Camp," Tyson said as he began detailing some of his upcoming plans. "Arkansas, I'm trying to get down there for a junior day. I've been talking back and forth with the coaches trying to get something worked out. I'm probably most likely going to go to their camp. I'm probably going to go to the North Carolina junior day. I'm coming up to South Carolina for their spring practice and spring game. North Carolina, East Carolina as well [for spring practice]."
One of the many visits Tyson has already taken was a February trip to Columbia for the Gamecocks' junior day.
"I liked it," he said of the visit. "They toured us around the school and campus -- it was nice -- plus it was a nice day which made the campus look even better. It was a nice day. I really enjoyed the weight room. Just walking around, and that, were the main two things I liked. They work real hard and I can tell they're working hard in the off season."
While Tyson was originally being recruited by Recruiting Coordinator Shane Beamer, new offensive line coach Shawn Elliott has taken over his recruitment. Elliott was by Tyson's school earlier this year, but the junior day was Tyson's first chance to start really getting to know the Gamecocks' running game coordinator.
"He's a nice guy," Tyson said. "He looks like he's really passionate about what he's trying to do. He wants to get them Gamecocks to that National Title."
While Elliott spent most of his time just talking about the recruiting process and getting to know Tyson, running backs coach Jay Graham detailed exactly what the Gamecocks are looking for at running back for this class.
"Right now they really don't know [about an offer]," Tyson says, "because they brought in Marcus (Lattimore) and they have a young team as far as backs go. They were really like, 'come to camp and we can go from there.'"
One school that has already stepped up with an offer for the speedy Tyson is Eastern Michigan.
"As of right now, they're just going through a rebuilding stage," Tyson said. "They're bringing in some new boys, some new young, fresh talent, trying to get a lot of speed up there. I know they signed a lot of receivers and defensive backs this year."
Tyson already has a connection to the EMU program as his cousin, former Marlboro County standout and USC target Kinsman Thomas, signed with the Eagles in 2009.
"My cousin basically told me it's great," Tyson says. "He was nervous about it when he first got there. But once he got there, he really likes it. The coaches treat you just like it's one big family."
Tyson says he is also receiving interest from
East Carolina, North Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Arkansas, Michigan, Illinois, Central Florida, South Florida, N.C. State, Virginia and Oregon.
"As of right now, any offer that comes...I've been working really hard in the weight room getting my bench maxes and my squat maxes up. I've been working hard and gaining weight. I'm just trying to get any offer I can and try to impress these coaches this summer. Hopefully, I'll get some offers at these summer camps."
And those offers will be well-earned.
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