Range Is An Intriguing JUCO Prospect

After sitting out a season while continuing to rehab an injury he suffered in high school, 2017 Riverside RB Tyree Range (6-0, 226) is a young man on a mission. He already has six offers in his pocket and more schools could jump into the mix very soon once they get a look at what he can do at the JUCO level...


"It's been going really well," Range said when asked about how his offseason is progressing. "I have been getting a lot of interest from schools and I have offers from CaliforniaTexas TechWyomingUABLouisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette and I have been hearing from GeorgiaColorado StateTennesseeArizonaUSC and UCLA, so there are some other schools looking at me.

Range spent the 2015 season on the sidelines greyshirting so that he could save a year of eligibility while getting completely healthy after tearing an ACL his senior year.

"I had about 10 offers heading into my senior year (at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego), but after I hurt my ACL, the offers sorta dried up," Range recalled. "After Signing Day, I was planning on walking on at San Diego State because it was close to home and I liked the staff there and felt like I had a real chance to earn playing time there, but then I didn't qualify, so I had to start looking around for a place to play.

"One of my old coaches had actually coached at San Diego State with coach (Tom) Craft when he was there and they still sorta knew each other, so he called up and talked to (Craft) about me and that's how I ended up here."

Range was still working to get back to 100% health by the time the 2015 season rolled around, so he decided to greyshirt and get ahead academically, so this will be his first season carrying the rock against JUCO defenses.

"I'm that dual-threat guy who can be a big back because of my size, but I have the quickness to make guys miss in space," Range noted. "If I see a corner or defensive back out there trying to tackle me, then I am big enough to run over there, but if it's a linebacker or lineman, I have the quickness to make a move and make guys miss too.

"I never go down with first contact. That's something I take a lot of pride in and I love to play a physical brand of football."

Range has been working out with the Tigers this summer and he's been focused on three areas, trying to get ready for what the season might hold.

"I've been working on my field vision and seeing the hole quicker," Range said. "I've also been working on my balance and my flexibility.

"My running backs coach, coach (Bradley) Randle, he played in the NFL and in the CFL and he's been working with me a lot on my balance and yoga has been a huge part of that. 

"He played with Adrian Petersen in Minnesota, so he learned a lot of him and he's passing that on to me."

Turning back to recruiting, Range said he's hoping to take at least a couple of visits and hopes to make his decision before the start of the season.

"I was planning on taking an official visit up to see Cal this past weekend, but the coach was on gone that weekend, so they had to reschedule, but we haven't settled on a date yet," Range said. "I'm still working on setting up a visit with Texas Tech, but that's in the works.

"I want to decide before my season starts so I'm not just playing for an opportunity, but I'm also going to keep an open mind even after I commit.

"I will still be open to other schools and opportunities even after I commit, but I want to commit before the season starts so that I can focus on that rather than worry about recruiting."

Range is on pace to finish up his academic work in December and he will have four years to play three following the 2016 football season.

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