The Longhorns have added another big piece to the offensive line group today as JUCO Offensive Lineman Willie Tyler has committed to Texas.
Tyler is an intriguing addition as K reported in an earlier post:
Tyler has an interesting story. He was a defensive lineman in high school who came out in the 2017 class. He went off to play defensive line at Garden City Community College in Kansas. But after growing two inches right out of high school, he was flipped to the offensive line.
Tyler decided, immediately, to leave Garden City and didn’t play football that first fall. In the spring he went to Iowa Western where he not only came to terms with playing offensive line but decided it was time to really take his God given abilities seriously.
“My mentality changed. In high school, I didn’t really take things as seriously as I should have. But I started listening to the people back home telling me about all the gifts and ability I had.”
This led Tyler to buckle down in school. On a normal two year track to graduate from Iowa Western, he would be a December 2019 graduate. He made his mind, however, that he would finish earlier.
”I wanted to finish really fast. So, I stacked classes and set it up where I can finish in three semesters instead of four”.
This is, perhaps, the biggest reason Tyler has gone under the radar. It seems schools are only now beginning to find out that the 6’7 330 lb left tackle is going to be available to enroll somewhere this summer.
Tyler will head to Austin following the completion of his course work at Iowa Western later this summer.