There’s a developing story at tight end not far out the back door of the USC campus. Mike Tyler (6-5 225) is an up-and-coming 2024 tight end prospect at Hammond, and more and more schools are taking notice, including USC. Gamecock tight ends coach Jody Wright has been in touch with Tyler and the two are starting to build that recruiting relationship.
“I’ve had a lot of interaction with them,” Tyler said. “They invited me to a lot of games last year and this year, but I haven’t been able to attend a lot this year because I’ve been going on college visits. I could see myself playing there for sure. I think that he likes that I’m a big body and I can stretch the field. I can do everything pretty much. I categorize myself as a flex tight end, like Kyle Pitts for sure.”
Tyler camped at USC two summers ago, so the Gamecock staff got a look at him then. And of course, living so close by, he’s kept a close watch on them as well.
“I love what they have to offer and it’s close to home, so that’s always a bonus,” Tyler said. “Their tight ends block a lot. That’s one of the main strengths of my game, blocking, so I think I’d fit in. An offer would skyrocket my interest even more to be honest with you. But I’m interested in a lot of schools right now.”
Tyler holds offers from West Virginia, NC State, Duke, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Liberty, East Carolina, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and FAU. He’s also having contact from Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.
Last weekend Tyler visited Wake Forest and this Saturday he will be at Appalachian State. He has also been to games at Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina and East Carolina. He said he will visit USC for the Clemson game in late November.
Heading into the playoffs, Tyler said he’s had around 20 catches for 150 yards with five touchdowns.