Son of UCLA Star a Big Prospect

The son of former UCLA great, Wendell Tyler, is 6-1, 215-pound junior running back Marc Tyler from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. The younger Tyler already has four scholarship offers and talks about his Bruin ties...

Over the past several years, the offspring of several UCLA legends have shined both at UCLA and around the country.

Kris Johnson (Marques), Jenny Johnson (Rafer), Marques Tuiasosopo (Manu), Mike Bibby (Henry) and Luke Walton (Bill) are but a few of the children of Bruins who have had standout collegiate careers.

There is now another one that has a very good chance of adding his name to this list.

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian running back Marc Tyler (6-1, 215), the son of former Bruin running back Wendell Tyler, is only a junior but is considered to be among the best running backs in the class of 2007 nationally.

On the young 2005 season, Tyler has rushed for 540 yards on 43 carries and six touchdowns, all three wins being Oaks Christian blowouts, limiting his usage in the second half. He also has added a 96-yard kick off return.

Tyler, being the son of a past Bruin great, has made an effort to keep his Bruin ties alive, being a frequent guest at UCLA practices during the fall while also attending the Bruins win over Oklahoma last weekend.

"It was one of the best UCLA games I've gone to and I used to go to all the games," said Tyler, who wore a throwback Lew Alcindor UCLA jersey for the game. "It was one of the best ones since I went to the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin (in 1999)."

Already he has heard from UCLA, South Carolina, Nebraska, Florida, Oklahoma, California, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon. He already holds four scholarship offers, from Oregon State, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

"I kind of expected USC to send me some stuff, but I think they will before too long," said Tyler.

Tyler doesn't expect to make an early decision on a school. He said, "I want to go through the whole process, visit some schools and feel it out. "I want to go to some places and see the campuses. South Carolina, I'll be at the Tennessee-Georgia game, Michigan State. My dad and I haven't really sat down and talked about the timetable, but I think I'll wait and take my time."

Tyler declined to name a leader, saying it was too early in the process, but that he did like Tennessee, USC and UCLA.

One of the big questions facing Tyler will be if he follows in his father's footsteps and goes to his dad's alma mater.

"We've talked a little bit about it. He knows it's my decision and where he went will have no impact on my decision. UCLA would be in my top three, though," said Tyler.

The other question would be: Who is the better running back at this stage, Marc or his father? "I am," the son said. "He was faster, he was only 165 pounds, but I'm the better running back."

Academically, the athlete is working to tighten up his class work. He has some time, obviously, still barely halfway through his high school years. "I'll be alright," said Tyler. "I'll have no trouble qualifying."

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