Peach State safety talks Vanderbilt offer

Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Lithonia, Ga. saw 11 seniors sign with FBS and FBS Division 1 schools on signing day in February. There are five rising seniors on the Lions' roster with offers to their credit. One of them is Jeremy Tyler, a 6-foot, 185-pound hard-hitting strong safety.

"Two weeks ago Vanderbilt called my coach and told him they wanted to offer me over the phone," said Jeremy Tyler. "I talked to Coach Spencer, and he told me I have an offer.

"I'm planning on going up there for a Junior Day with my teammate, Joshua Outlaw, on March 24th. I think it's a really good school and would be a good fit for me, but I'm still keep my options open."

Stuck in the depth chart at quarterback behind prolific passer, Jonquel Dawson, Tyler decides to move to defensive back for his junior year. The move paid off big for both Tyler and the Lions. He was named First Team All-Region 2-AAAAA at safety.

"I played the ‘pony' which is like a fast linebacker," Tyler said. "It's basically a strong safety. I played a lot at free safety too. This was my first year at the position, but I felt like I improved over time with my ball skills, attacking the ball, and just overall playmaking.

"I finished with 68 tackles, six interceptions, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. I played some quarterback out of the Wildcat and had two rushing touchdowns."

Trailing arch-rival Stephenson 36-12, Tyler made an interception and took it back the other way 50 yards to set up a touchdown right before halftime. It was a pivotal moment for the Lions who had given up 36 unanswered. They would come back and win the game 50-49, which decided the region. It was a play that doesn't go unnoticed by college coaches at that level of competition.

"Other than Vanderbilt the schools I've been hearing the most from are South Carolina, UCF, and Georgia," said Tyler. "I went to a Junior Day at South Carolina with Jacarthy Mack.

"I want to be on a team with a good program going on right now. I'm looking for a good education. I'd like to stay fairly close to home unless Oregon were to offer. Their swagger is off the wall."

Tyler plays shooting guard on the Lion basketball team in the off-season. He reports a GPA of 3.0.

From an athletic family, Tyler's older brother, Corey Tyler, played quarterback at Division II Fort Valley State. Tyler wears No. 15 for the M.L. King Lions. Top Stories