Utah has long been known for its tradition of strong play from the defensive line. The words physical, strong, and tough have often been used when describing the group, but the Utah staff is starting to look for a few other traits in their defensive lineman, athletic and long. That has lead them to Joe Tryon, one of the better defensive end prospects out West.
Tryon took an official visit to Utah over the weekend, and raved about his experience. “It was great, I’ve never been to Utah, and once I got there I knew I was in Ute Country because they have a bunch of fans and it just felt like a family out there,” Tryon said.
As has been the case the entire season with official visitors, the fans made a really strong impression. “My favorite part was just the atmosphere, I loved it, especially at the game even a few of their fans knew who I was and told me they had watched my film and that they wanted to be a Ute. The atmosphere was just amazing, like 46,000 people were there and it was super loud and the atmosphere was great and it seems like a really good place to play,” he said.
Tryon has been relatively quiet on the recruiting front since committing to Washington State back in early August, but the Utah staff has continued to build a relationship with him. “Coaches really made me feel like family there. They told me I can either play tight end or defensive end. The defensive line coach, Coach Powell, thinks I’m a great fit at defensive end, and he really just sells me on “Sack Lake City,” and just coming in and getting after it.”
What makes Tryon such a great fit at defensive end? To start, he has great size at 6 foot 5 inches and 230 lbs, with very good length to go with it. Not only does he have the frame, but Tryon has impressive athleticism to go with it, as he often showcases it on the field. He plays both defensive end and tight end for his high school team, and can really succeed at either position.
Despite playing both offense and defense, Tryon really doesn’t have a preference and is just looking for the best fit and opportunity for himself. “I’ve played defense my entire life, this isn’t my first year of offense, but I don’t really prefer one or the other, wherever I am needed most and where ever I can develop the best,” he said.
Although Tryon is committed to Washington State, he is looking to take official visits to other schools such as Oregon, Arizona State, and Illinois. He'll also take an official visit to Washington State sometime in January. When it comes to what factors will go into his final decision, Tryon is keeping it simple. “I’m just looking for a place where I get the most support, both on the field and off the field. A place where I can be pushed and developed, and just to have a great experience in college. I am committed to Wazzu, but Utah definitely opened my eyes, and are one of my top schools,” he said.