CYPRESS, Texas - Defensive end Tyler Hoover is hard to miss.
So when he made the long trip down from Novi, Mich., to Houston for a combine outing, the 6-foot-7, 244-pound defender was spotted right away. Hoover said he wanted to make it down to the Lone Star State in order to see where he stacked up with prospects in other parts of the country.
He's also going through quite the recruiting process with scholarship offers from schools such as Duke, Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, and Vanderbilt among others.
Two schools, Michigan and Michigan State, are sitting above the rest.
"I do like Michigan and Michigan State," Hoover said. "Michigan State has a new coaching staff and I really like them. I think they're going to really turn things around. Michigan is just a great school overall. They have good football and it's a great education."
Hoover says his plan for recruiting includes making a decision before his senior season began. As of this past weekend, the talented defensive lineman says that he's visited all of the schools that have offered.
As for if he plans to narrow his list before deciding, Hoover says that's up in the air.
"I don't know how I'm going to do that," Hoover said. "I'm not sure yet. I just want to decide before my senior year."
With his big frame, several position options are possible, but Hoover says that he feels that defensive end is the best spot for him.
"I'm better there," Hoover said. "That's where most people are recruiting me. It's my hands, my motor, and the effort I give. I'm always going to the ball."