Hetzer ready to make his mark

It's been a long journey for Citrus College TE Tyson Hetzer (6-7, 265). He enrolled at a JC to play basketball back in 2005 and then redshirted as a football player at the University of Northern Alabama in 2006. After he reconsidered things, Hetzer came back to California and enrolled in spring semester at Citrus hoping to earn himself a four-year football scholarship.

"I was literally at UNA until last semester," Hetzer told JCFootball.com recently. "I went there because my parents were moving to Alabama and I wanted to try and be close to them so I enrolled, but the coaching I got there just wasn't very good.

"My dad played football and he knows a lot about how to coach and stuff like that and he told me he thought I could find better out there and I have (at Citrus)."

Hetzer's size and hands make him big and reliable target, but he said he has some things to work on still.

"I think I can run pretty well for a guy my size," Hetzer, who runs a 4.75 forty, said. "I need to get stronger though, especially in my chest. My squat (375) and clean (285) are pretty good, but I need to get stronger in my chest so I can handle the blocking duties that I need to do."

Hetzer plans to stay in the gym "all day" during the summer after spring workouts end and he said he's interested in any school that has their eyes on him.

"Nebraska sends me a lot of stuff and the Mississippi State coaches text me all the time too," Hetzer said. "Other than that, schools are just now stopping by and then I will be at the combine this weekend so I hope that gets more interest going."

Hetzer claims he grew up a USC fan and if the Trojans offered he'd commit almost on the spot, but should that not happen, he is open to playing just about anywhere but he'd like to stay out west.

"I grew up on the west coast (Redding, Ca.) and my brothers and sisters are out here, but I'll play anywhere that I can get a chance to play and whoever will take a chance on me," Hetzer said.

Since he was a full-qualifier out of high school, Hetzer can enroll at any time, but he plans to finish his two-year degree in December and then have two to play two wherever he ends up.

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