Recruiting picks up for Staley

One of the leaders on a talented College of the Canyons squad this past season was C Tyler Staley (6-3, 275). He helped lead the Cougars to a 9-3 record and now he's turning his focus to finishing his classwork so he can leave in December and toward recruiting.

"We had a good year, but just couldn't get it done against Bakersfield," Staley told JCFootball.com. "They have a great team and there's a reason they're undefeated and ranked number one.

"I worked really hard this past summer on my strength and getting the center spot down so that I could be the guy responsible for calling the line adjustments and getting our guys to play like a solid unit and we really did that this year."

Staley prepped at Agoura High School in California and didn't receive much in the way of recruiting attention so he headed to Canyons hoping to make a name for himself when he arrived in 2005.

"I actually greyshirted because we had some really good offensive lineman and I needed to get bigger and stronger," Staley said. "When they recruited me, they told me they wanted me as a guard and center and so I ended up greyshirting and then played guard last year and then made the switch during spring ball to play center and I think I've pretty much found a home."

Staley's strength (a 300 pound power-clean and a 370 pound front squat) and athleticism (5.3 forty time) have helped him a lot this season, but it's his intelligence and technique that have made the biggest difference.

"Me and the coaches worked a lot on my strength and footwork this summer and that helped a ton," Staley said. "I worked on my hand-fighting and getting the proper angles using my feet and that made it a lot easier in moving guys off the line."

On the recruiting front, Staley has gotten interest from Portland State, Montana State, Tennessee-Martin and Stoneybrook, but he's also been hearing from some WAC schools as well.

"San Diego State came by during some of our practices and they said they are very interested in me," Staley said. "I took the past week off and wanted to make sure I got all my coursework set to be done so I can leave in December and that's all set to go so now I'm going to get with my coaches and get some film out to some more schools.

"I'll be sending it out to a lot of WAC schools and Mountain West schools and probably a few Pac 10 schools. There's some coaching changes going on so I'm not really sure where but Washington State had asked for film, Oregon State, Utah, UNLV and schools like that."

Wherever Staley ends up he'll have three to play two and he plans to take in a visit to Portland State on December 15th. We'll continue to follow his recruiting progress and update things as they happen.

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