Tezeno In The Fold

Even though he hasn't yet visited West Virginia, offensive lineman Tyler Tezeno learned enough about the school and its football program to make a verbal commitment.

"Talking with Coach Dawson and Coach Bedenbaugh, they were really genuine," said Tezone of his reasons for committing. "West Virginia being in the Big 12 was an important factor too, but the coaches have been great. They offered me this spring, and they kept up with me throughout the process. they didn't shove anything down my throat about trying to commit. They were just quality people through the whole process."

WVU's move to the Big 12 was also an important factor for the Texas native, whose family has been very involved with his athletic endeavors throughout his life.

"My family has been to all of my events since I was four years old playing soccer," he related. "My mom and dad were very involved in my recruiting. My mom did a lot of research about West Virginia and the other schools that recruited me, so we felt like West Virginia was a great fit for me. I talked with both of them about my decision."

Even though Tezeno hasn't visited the Mountaineer campus yet, he doesn't have any reservations with his commitment.

"I plan to visit later this summer, but I talked so much with Coach Dawson, and he told me everything about it. I think it will be be a great home atmosphere for me."

On the field, Tezeno is an interior lineman with more mobility than the average guard or center. His high school team uses him as a pulling guard on many plays, and he views his quickness and ability to block on the corner and downfield as his chief assets.

"The coaches told me I'll be a guard or center in college," he said. "I've always been an offensive lineman. I played some D_Line in middle school, but I've always liked playing on offense.

"There's something about getting all five guys together, and even if you don't get noticed by the crowd, doing everything right and working together," he continued. "When you get that running back a touchdown, even if you don't get noticed, you have that sense of accomplishment, that you helped make it happen."

Tezeno carries a 4.2 GPA, so should have no trouble qualifying.

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