Dawgman Signing Day Profile - Joe Tryon

Hazen (Renton, Wa.) DE/LB Joe Tryon is a long, athletic prospect with the ability to play multiple positions once he gets to Montlake...



Comparison: Dion Jordan (Oregon)

Prep Career/Awards: Earned North Puget Sound League Defensive Lineman of the Year and Seattle Times all-state in 2016 ... named to the USA Today all-state team (all levels) as a senior ... named to Seattle Times all-area team in 2016 ... first-team All-NPSL at both defensive line and tight end in 2016 ... played four years on the varsity as a defensive lineman and tight end ... named a "red-chip recruit" by the Seattle Times ... ranked by scout.com as the No. 134 defensive end in the country ... 247sports.com's No. 48 strongside linebacker recruit ... the No. 40 strongside OLB, according to rivals.com ... ESPN's No. 50 defensive end prospect ... also played basketball and baseball at Hazen ... played football for coach Chris Bennett as a senior.

Offers: In addition to Washington, Tryon had offers from Washington State, Oregon, Utah and Eastern Washington.

Why Washington: "I chose Washington because it's a program that gives players the chance to grow tremendously as football players and men. The atmosphere in Seattle is amazing and so are the people up at Washington. The amount of support athletes receive off the field as well."

If he had chosen a different school: "That's tough because I really couldn't see myself anywhere but Washington, but I would have to say Oregon."

Analysis: "Tryon has good length and will just need to put a little more weight in college, but his quickness off the edge will be his strength.  He’ll be used to rush the passer and doing it standing up but he’s a good enough athlete than he can play in space and cover when called upon." - Brandon Huffman

High School Coach Says: "The thing about my relationship with Joe is that I have only been his coach for about year, so we haven't known each other very long. He and the rest of the seniors have had three coaches in four years, so he's had to adapt to three different systems and styles and he made things very easy on me and the rest of the coaches. He's a really special kid, he's really worked hard in the classroom and in the weight room and he showed outstandning leadership in helping bring his teammates along as we were implementing our system. I couldn't have asked for anything more from him. He's a great kid, a great athlete and football player and I'm excited to see what he'll be able to do once he gets to Washington." -- Chris Bennett (Hazen HC)

Position Projection: When he arrives in June, Tryon will get his first shot at playing the BUCK linebacker spot where his length, athleticism and speed can be put to great use. There is always the chance he can put on more size and move to more of a traditional defensive lineman, but early on, he'll start off as a stand-up pass-rusher.

2017 Season Projection: With the numbers at the BUCK linebacker spot -- Benning Potoae, Myles Rice, Jusstis Warren, Amandre Williams, Connor O'Brien and Bryce Sterk -- Tryon will have the luxury of redshirting which will allow him to add size and strength and get used to the speed of the game.

Joe Tryon 2016 Senior Highlights

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