Utah State 'The Perfect Fit' for JUCO OL

Saddleback OL Tyler Wilemon (6-5, 305) recently committed to Utah State and told JCFootball.com recently that the reason for his early decision came down to his comfort level and where the Aggies' football program is headed...

Wilemon enjoyed a solid prep career at Dana Hills (Dana Point, Ca.) High School and signed with Northern Colorado.

During his second term there, Wilemon developed an illness and his academics and weight suffered.

"I got (mononucleosis) and I lost something like 70 or 75 pounds," Wilemon told JCFootball.com. "I just figured it was the chance for me to leave, get my academics in order and get a fresh start, so I decided to come back here to play at Saddleback and that's why I ended up here."

After a good redshirt freshman season with the Gauchos last fall, Wilemon started to entertain suitors from across the country and hauled in early offers from Georgia State and Utah State.

"I got an offer from Utah State about a week or two after they started talking to me and we were talking a lot over a couple of months," Wilemon said. "I visited up there recently on an unofficial visit and it just felt right. I really liked the coaches a lot and they win games there and I like the direction of the program there.

"I was really comfortable up there. The program and the facilities are just a great fit for me and they have a really good business school there. It was the perfect fit."

Besides the two schools that have offered, Wilemon has also been talking to schools like Rutgers, Southern Mississippi, Memphis, San Diego State and Wyoming.

Wilemon played tackle his entire high school career and for his redshirt season at Northern Colorado, but then made the switch to guard once he arrived at Saddleback. However, this fall, he will be back outside at one of the tackle spots and that suits him just fine.

"I'll be at left tackle and I'm looking forward to it," Wilemon said. "I can play wherever my team needs me. I really don't have a preference, but I'm used to playing tackle since I've played it almost my whole career, so I'm pretty comfortable out there."

Wilemon is on pace to finish up his two year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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