Thomas Dale freshman Chris Tyree, one week removed from an offer from Florida State, the 2013 National Champions, has picked up another big-time offer from West Virginia.
He announced the good news on his Twitter account @ctyree_
“Blessed to say that I have received another offer from West Virginia University”
Tyree, who received his first two offers from Marshall and Virginia Tech, before he even played a down of football at Ed Karpus Field has greatly caught the attention of big-time programs mainly because of his speed and athleticism.
Now, the 5-10, 170-pound speedster has reeled in offer No. 9 and this one comes from a football powerhouse – West Virginia – the place where former Petersburg offensive lineman Quinton Spain, who is on the Tennessee Titans roster had a brilliant career that ended in 2015.
West Virginia, which plays in the Big 12 Conference, under the direction of seventh-year coach Dana Holgorsen.
The Mountaineers concluded their sixth season under Holgorsen and their 125th in school history with a 10-3 record. The team went 7-2 record in the Big 12 and was beaten by Miami 31-14 in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
There are two players on the current West Virginia roster from the state of Virginia including Lorenzo Dorr from Fredericksburg and Gary Jennings from Stafford.
Tyree’s previous offers have come from the aforementioned Florida State, Marshall and Virginia Tech, along with Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest.
Tyree, who has been described by as ‘lightning fast,” is currently running track for the Knights where he recently ran the 100 meters in 10.87 seconds and the 200 meters in 22.42 at the James River Invitational on April 8. He proved it at a recent regional combine, “The Opening” in Washington D.C. this past week as he ran the fastest 40-yard dash time, 4.47 seconds.
The ultra-quick freshman played all over the field last season, rushing for 716 yards on 101 carries with 7 touchdowns, while also recording 25 tackles, 11 pass breakups, a fumble recovery and an interception at his defensive-back position.
Tyree was also an electric kick returner, and became the first freshman in Thomas Dale history to record over 1,000-all-purpose yards in a season.
He was named to the all-6A and all-Conference 3 teams at running back and kick returner, and was elected the Thomas Dale Offensive MVP at the end of the year.
Tyree is also an all-state track runner, qualifying for the 6A state meet in three different events.
As the recruiting process will certainly continue, the two-sport athlete said he is looking for just the right fit.
“I think the biggest thing I am looking for athletically in a school is the relationship with the coaches,” he said.