Hasty in no hurry

Bellevue defensive back Tyler Hasty has slipped under the radar in what is a very strong year for 2011 prospects out west. The 6-foot, 175-pound explosive athlete is willing to wait and let the recruiting process take shape. While Hasty has only one offer at the moment from Colorado, he has garnered interest from several Pac-12 schools.

Hailing from Bellevue High School, Hasty is used to being surrounded by very talented players, yet he might be the best athlete to come out of the storied program. Hasty is known for his excellent speed at both cornerback and receiver, running a self- and coach-reported 4.4 40.

"I'm good one-on-one with receivers, just locking up the guy in front of me," said Hasty, "I like being aggressive with receivers and just playing physical one-on-one coverage. I also like coming up in run support, coming off the edge and stopping the guy around the corner."

Hasty also excels at receiver as well as quarterback where he is expected to start full time this upcoming year.

Bellevue Head Coach Butch Goncharoff could only sing praises about his standout corner.

"Tyler is one of the most explosive players we've ever had" Goncharoff said. "He's an incredible athlete and he's well suited to play corner at the next level. Tyler has great make-up speed, great burst and closing speed. And I think he's full of potential, I really believe his best football is ahead of him. Tyler's one of the best defensive players we have ever had here. He's a great cover corner with outstanding catch-up speed."

No play is more reflective of his make-up speed than against rival Liberty. While Hasty was playing receiver, his quarterback Kendrick Van Ackeren scrambled forward and ran about 10 yards. Tyler raced past him and laid an excellent block on the last defender in sight, allowing Van Ackeren to score.

Not only did Hasty play well on both sides of the ball, he did it while having to learn an entirely new system after transferring from O'Dea high school where he was a standout as a defensive back and punt returner as a sophomore.

"It's very hard to come to a new system, and we have a difficult system to learn," Goncharoff said. "His head was spinning at first when he came here, but once he picked it up, he played very well. Our last three games, he was as good as anyone in the state."

Hasty has a long list of schools recruiting him that span from Washington to Utah. He has heard from many top programs, including Washington, Oregon, Brigham Young, Colorado, and Oregon State.

"I was actually offered by Colorado," Hasty said of his recruitment. "I talked with the coaches and they said they saw my film and wanted to offer me. I'm pretty much getting letters from the whole Pac 12 and some Mountain West schools. I talk a lot with Oregon, Oregon State, BYU, and U-Dub (Washington)."

All these schools provide different experiences, and Hasty is looking for the right fit.

"I just want to go to a school with a good overall feel on the campus and in the community," Hasty explained of his recruitment. "I definitely want a school with good academics and with a good winning tradition. I want to go to a school with a good overall coaching staff, a good position coach, and a school where I feel at home."

Hasty has a pretty long list of suitors, yet he denies a leader and he will let the recruiting process evolve naturally. And while the younger brother of former Washington running back J.R. Hasty has only one offer, make no mistake; you will hear his name come signing day next year.

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