Running back Marc Tyler (6-0, 215, 4.5) from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian lived up his reputation as one of the nation's best underclassmen. Post-season accolades have been coming in fast and plentiful for the talented athlete from Southern California. Tyler already have five written offers on the table and seven verbal. The ride is just beginning for Tyler.
Tyler is was his section's Co-CIF Player of the Year with good friend and teammate quarterback Jimmy Clausen (6-3, 215, 4.7). The talented duo of Tyler and Clausen were also Co-league Player of the Year.
Just yesterday January 2nd, Tyler was named by Cal Hi Sports as the Golden State's junior Player of the Year.
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Tyler ended up the season rushing for 2,196 yards and 39 rushing touchdowns. He is also an outstanding receiver out of the backfield catching 22 passes for 421 yards and six receiving touchdowns.
The five written offers are from Notre Dame, Tennessee, Arizona, Oregon and Oregon State.
Tyler has verbal offers from Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Michigan and Nebraska.
Look for more offers over the next few months.
"Before it is all said and done," Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell said. "Mark will be able to name his school. He will be one of those players who will get offers from everyone."
What is Tyler looking for in a school?
"I am looking for a place where there is an opportunity for me to go in and play as a true freshman," Tyler said. "Team chemistry is also important and I want to play for a coach that I can adapt to."
"I plan to take all five of my recruiting visits before making my decision," Tyler said. "At this point, I am open to all colleges."
"I will be going to Notre Dame's junior day on January 14th," Tyler said. "Going away for college won't be a big deal for me."
"All of my Dad's family are in California," Tyler said. "But all of my Mom's family are in Cleveland, Detroit, West Virginia, basically from all over the Midwest."