Tyler Has Two Non-Bruin Favorites

Marc Tyler, the elite junior running back prospect from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian and the son of former UCLA great Wendell Tyler, said it will probably come down to two schools, and neither is UCLA...

Two weeks into the new recruiting season and Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian running back Marc Tyler (6-0, 205) has indicated that it could come down to two schools for him.

And neither is UCLA.

It's significant since Tyler is the son of former UCLA running back great Wendell Tyler.

When asked if he had any preferences for schools, Tyler said, "It's going to be between USC and Notre Dame. Right now, I'm leaning towards USC. If I make an early decision, then it would be to USC. But Notre Dame is up there too."

Tyler said the other two schools that have a chance, that he's looking at closely, are Tennessee and Texas.

He said he already has 14 scholarship offers, including ones from USC, Oregon State, Arizona, Michigan and South Carolina.

Tyler did say, though, that he's nowhere near ready to make a decision, and that it could be next January before he know for certain.. "If I decide to wait a while, I'll announced it at the U.S. Army All-American Game if I'm selected," said Tyler.

In regard to the Bruins, Tyler said UCLA was the school he grew up watching because of his father, but the younger Tyler said that he's ready to walk a different path. He said, "I'm just going to go somewhere where I can do my own thing. My dad is cool with it. I was up there (at UCLA) a couple weeks ago, but I'm not really looking there right now."

Already rated a five-star prospect by Scout.com, and the top running back in California, Tyler said his already-heavy recruitment is still in the enjoyable stages.

"It's cool because I've been looking forward to this for a long time," said Tyler. "I've gotten to meet with some cool coaches and good programs. Me and Jimmy Clausen, we joke about who is the top recruit. He says I'm 1B and he's 1A, then I say I'm 1A and he's 1B. But we're having fun with it."

Though he's a top-rated running back prospect, there was speculation that Tyler could also play linebacker at the next level, but he insists he won't. "I wouldn't play football if a school wants me to be a linebacker," said Tyler. "I am a running back."

Tyler said it's a longshot he'll attend any camps or combines this spring and summer. "It's not really worth it for me to go," said Tyler. "I'm just going to prove on the field next year that I am one of the best in the nation."

During his highly-decorated junior year, Tyler rushed for 2,193 yards and 39 touchdowns on 182 attempts, including five TDs in the CIF Division X Championship Game.

Academically, Tyler said he's doing fine and that he was taking SAT and ACT preparation classes. Tyler admitted previously, though, that he would have to make up work to get admitted to UCLA.

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