Interview with Vanderbilt commit Mike Tyler

Mike Tyler

Mike Tyler was high on Vanderbilt University prior to attending the summer camp which led to his offer. The 6-foot-5, 222-pound defensive tackle put on a show for the Commodore coaching staff and once the offer was extended it didn't take the Cleveland area product long to make his commitment to Coach Franklin.

"It went pretty well," said Mike Tyler said on his time at Vanderbilt's camp. "I enjoyed working with Coach Spencer and did well in the drills, but it was in the one-on-one's where I got my scholarship offer. I was going against guys with BCS offers and did well. They really liked how I chased people down with reckless abandon making backside tackles. They liked my high motor, speed off the line, and how fast I was getting around the tackles. I wasn't the biggest guy there, but they think I can build body mass and continue to get better at defensive end because I'm teachable."

Tyler, who attends Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, chose Vanderbilt over 19 other offers. He also held offers from Air Force, Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Massachusetts, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, Ohio, Pitt, Rice, Syracuse, Western Michigan, Bucknell, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale.

"It was a combination of going to one of the greatest academic schools in the country and playing for Coach Franklin," Tyler said on his college decision. "I went down for a Saturday and Sunday visit and got to spend a lot of time around the coaches. I loved all of them. My dad was with me at the camp, but my mom wanted to come down and check it out. I got to see the team practice, they had just started two-a-days, and sat in some team meetings.

"Another thing I really liked [about Vanderbilt] was that the players were people who I felt like I'd fit in and be friends with. I spent some time talking with Walker May. We talked about defensive schemes and recruiting. After the visit I felt this is the place I really see myself playing in college. I talked to my parents about it. My dad and younger brother joined us Saturday night. They loved it too so it was unanimous. When I gave my commitment to Coach Franklin I think he was really pleased. The staff was shouting down the halls 'we have a new Commodore!'"

As a sophomore, Tyler injured his thumb and was out most of the season stunting his recruiting momentum. He came on strong as a junior and received his first letter after the team's first scrimmage. The first game of Tyler's senior season will be played at Cleveland Browns stadium against their biggest rival North Royalton. He wears No. 83 for the Bees and will play both ways at defensive end and tight end.
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