Recruit Profile: RB Marc Tyler

Last October, Notre Dame and USC fared off in a classic rivalry game. The next year the two will likely go at it again for Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian running back Marc Tyler (6-0, 205)

"It's going to be between USC and Notre Dame," said Tyler. "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."

Two weeks into the recruiting season, and already Tyler sports 14 scholarship offers.

"Just recently I've gotten offers from Oregon State, Arizona, USC, Michigan and South Carolina," said Tyler.

But amidst all the new offers, Tyler says it is likely going to come down to a pair of rivals for his services.

Tyler did say though, that he's no where near ready to make a decision, and that it could be next January before a decision is made.

"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.

Tennessee and Texas are two other schools that he is looking at closely.

His father Wendell was a running back in the 1970's at UCLA and was the school he grew up watching. But the younger Tyler said that he's ready to walk a different path.

"I'm just going to go somewhere where I can do my own thing. My dad is cool with it," said Tyler. "I was up there a couple weeks ago, but I'm not really looking there right now."

Already rated a five-star prospect by, and the top running back in California, Tyler said the 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, Tyler could also play linebacker at the next level. But 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.

"Its 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 in the CIF Division X Championship Game.

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