This week several football players from around the area have received offers from many different colleges.
These players include Chris Tyree from Thomas Dale, Wendell Davis from Benedictine, and Demetrick Atkins from L.C. Bird.
Tyree has received is 5th offer, this one from Maryland and quickly received offer No. 6 from North Carolina too. All in the course of one week.
He currently has offers from Marshall, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Duke. The 5-10,170-pound freshman played all over the field last season, rushing for 750 yards with 7 touchdowns, while also recording 25 tackles and an interception at defensive back.
Tyree was also an electric kick returner, and became the first freshman in Thomas Dale history to record over 1000 all purpose yards in a season. He was awarded 6A conference 3 honors for running back and kick returner, and was elected the Thomas Dale Offensive MVP.
Tyree is also an all state track runner, qualifying for the 6A state meet in three different events. When asked what he is looking for in a college, Tyree explained, “I think the biggest thing I am looking for athletically in a school is the relationship with the coaches.”
Maryland is a Division 1 school that plays in the Big 10 conference. Last season, the team finished with a 6-7 record, and lost in the Quick Lane Bowl game.
Davis, a 6-2, 220-pound Linebacker, picked up an offer from Syracuse. He already has several offers, being from UNC Charlotte, Old Dominion, Duke, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Bowling Green State, Buffalo, East Carolina, Marshall, Wake Forest, Indiania, James Madison, and Rutgers, which makes Syracuse his 14th.
Last season, Davis recorded 45 tackles and 4 sacks, while being nominated to Second Team All State, Honorable Mention All Metro, and Second Team All 804. Syracuse is a Division 1, ACC school, in which the football program finished with a 4-8 record last season.
Atkins received his first offer from Cincinnati Christian University. The 6-3, 195-pound versatile player played both free safety and wide receiver for L.C. Bird last season. Last season, Atkins recorded 8 interceptions and 70 tackles defensively, while catching 5 touchdowns at receiver. He made 1st Team All Conference, 1st Team All Region, 2nd Team All Metro, and 2nd Team All State.
When asked about his thoughts on Cincinnati Christian, Atkins replied, “I haven’t been on a visit yet but based on everything else I think it’s a good school for an education. Coach Z (defensive coordinator) is a good man and it seems like he wants everyone to be the best so it’s always good having coaches like that around.”
Cincinnati Christian is a private university that competes in the NAIA and Rivers State Conference. Last season the football team finished with an 0-11 record.
All three of these players have plenty of time to get more offers and decide on where the want to go, but wherever they choose, they will all make a great impact.