Attention Mounting for Porter

If you're looking for a quick, disruptive defensive tackle, then look no further than Northside junior Tyler Porter.

If you're looking for a quick, disruptive defensive tackle, then look no further than Northside junior Tyler Porter, who is coming off a banner year in which he earned honorable mention 4A all-state honors (61 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, nine sacks, six forced fumbles).  


Although Porter (6-foot-1 1/2, 295 pounds) is still looking for his first offer, there's no shortage of schools that are interested in the agile (5.1, 31 inch vertical) big man. 


"I'm getting letters from Louisiana-Lafayette, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and TCU," said Porter, "and I went to the Cajuns' Junior Day recently.  I felt at home at UL.  I liked the coaches and I liked the intensity the team showed at the scrimmage we attended.


"Coach (Kevin) Fouquier told me that he watched me play in the jamboree last year and that he liked how I played.  I gave him my film at the Junior Day.  I also talked to Coach Bustle and he was really nice.  He told me that I was welcome anytime and that he looked forward to seeing me around the campus.


"I also talked to one of the coaches from Oklahoma State recently.  I don't really have a favorite.  I've heard that Grambling is also interested in me and I'm open to receiving an offer from any school."


Porter, who was named all-district defensive MVP last year, is currently busy throwing the discus and shot put for Northside's track team, which is the defending state champion.


"I'm new to track & field," Porter said.  "I like it and it keeps me active.  We start spring practice May 3 and I'm ready for that too."


He's no stranger to the weight room either (375-pound bench, 550-pound squat, 330-pound power clean) and that combination of strength and speed makes Porter a dominating presence on the high school level.  In addition to the aforementioned stats, he also blocked six passes as a junior and scored a TD on a fumble return.


"I try to use my hands to my advantage on each play and go at the quarterback fast and hard," Porter explained.  "We've made it to the quarterfinals three years in a row and our goal is to get past that this year.  We have the same dreams and aspirations as all other players.  To win state."


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