Speedy GA athlete likes Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt lost a couple of fast athletes late in the 2010 recruiting season and are obviously looking for super fast players who truly value the opportunity to get a great education while playing in college football's toughest football conference. One player who seems to fit that mold is Evans, Ga. speedster D.J. Tyson.

"I don't have an offer from Vanderbilt yet but hope to get one soon," said 3-star Scout.com athlete D.J. Tyson to VandyMania.com.

Tyson has already attracted attention from multiple FBS schools including Clemson, East Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oregon, South Carolina, Syracuse and Vanderbilt. Eastern Michigan has offered the Greenbrier high school speedster.

Tyson told VandyMania that what attracts coaches to him is his speed and versatility, "I'm a versatile player. I can play all the positions on the field; slot receiver, regular receiver. I'm a playmaker, I like the ball in my hands. I make things happen." Tyson, who also stars in track, has been timed in sub 4.4 forties several times and says he is the fastest player on his team and fastest student in his school. He earned all-region honors in a 5-A, which is the largest classification of schools in Georgia.

Tyson, who also plays basketball averaging 13 points per game as a guard, says Syracuse, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, East Carolina are recruiting him the hardest. The only thing that is keeping more schools from offering him is that they want to see him in camp.

A solid 'B' student who primarily takes advance placement classes, Tyson plans a career in the medical field and likes the fact that Vanderbilt has a top-notch medical school.

Tyson camped at Vandy as a freshman and caught the attention of the VU coaches. However, the Vanderbilt staff wants to see Tyson in camp again before offering him, "They really want to see me in camp again. They want to see if I've gotten any bigger or faster since my freshman year," said Tyson. Assistant coach Ted Cain is Tyson's recruiting coach for Vanderbilt. He is scheduled to stop by in May to visit the future college star.

Eastern Michigan may have an inside track to recruiting Tyson. Tyson has a cousin that is a true freshman there. He camped there with his cousin last April and was offered by the EMU head coach. However, Tyson, who says he likes the Eagle program, also commented that he will likely not make a decision on a school until after his senior season.

For now Tyson will be busy running track and working out in the weight room. He is scheduled for a Nike camp at Alabama later this summer and will try to try to schedule a Vanderbilt camp around his busy track schedule.

Stay tuned to VandyMania.com for more on D.J. Tyson.

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