Tyler's Situation Changes

Westlake Village Oak Christian's Marc Tyler, one of the best running back prospects in the west for 2007, said last week that he wasn't considering his father's alma mater, UCLA, but the Bruins offered yesterday and things have changed...

A week ago, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian running back Marc Tyler (6-0, 205) had all but eliminated his father's alma mater.

That changed this week.

"I got offered by UCLA (Tuesday)," said Tyler. "It took them a long time to offer me, but now that they have, I'm going to really look at them."

While Tyler did say that USC and Notre Dame are still his two leaders, they're not the exclusive lock they appeared to be just last week.

"I'm really opening back up," Tyler said. "With SC, they have all those backs over there and with Notre Dame it's kind of far. With my dad playing at UCLA, I'm going to strongly consider them now. I picture myself playing there. I picture myself playing at every school that offers me," said Tyler.

Tyler said that the offer from the Bruin staff was well received by his father, Wendell, a star Bruin running back in the 1970s. "When I got the offer, he smiled and said, "It's about time," said Tyler.

With the Irish and Trojans still at the top, UCLA is running third, with South Carolina, Texas, Michigan and Tennessee rounding out the top seven.

Still, Tyler said he's got a long way to go. "I think I'm going to hold off on a decision and take all of my trips before I decide," said Tyler. "I'm not going to rush into anything."

Also extending an offer to Tyler this week was Washington. Oregon is another school that Tyler said he had some interest in.

As a junior, Tyler rushed for 2,193 yards and 39 touchdowns on 182 attempts, including five in the CIF Division X Championship Game.

Academically, Tyler said he's doing fine and that he was taking SAT and ACT preparation classes.

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