Tyler Lytle recently received a collegiate offer from the Miami Hurricanes. Given his great size (6-foot-4, 190 pounds), powerful throwing arm, good wheels and off-the-charts football smarts, many more colleges will be calling.
“It’s been a fun process so far,” Lytle said of the Miami offer. “It’s really just beginning for me so I’m just taking it one day at a time and enjoying it. The Miami offer is special as they were the first to offer.”
With two more years of high school in front of him, Lytle doesn’t want to get caught up looking too far ahead. He would rather focus on his teammates, continue developing his skills and prepare for the upcoming season.
His high school, Servite in Anaheim, Calif., competes in the highly competitive Trinity League, but Lytle is looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun competing, especially in the league we’re in,” he said. “We have one of the toughest schedules in the country so we’re definitely going to play some great opponents. It’s something I’m really looking forward to. We will be playing De La Salle, Bishop Gorman, Mater Dei and St. John Bosco, to name a few schools. Our opening scrimmage is against Long Beach Poly. Every opponent we play this year will be tough, including those I did not mention.”
What kind of quarterback is Lytle?
“I’m an athletic pocket passer,” he said. “I’m a pass first guy, but if needed I can take off or buy time with my legs.”
A standout student-athlete and academic honor student, Lytle makes sure the mental part of his game is also strong. “I strive to be the most prepared guy on the field,” he said. “Every week going into the game, I know exactly what I’m supposed to do and what the opposing defense is going to do. I mentally prepare all week and I anticipate how things are going to go in the game.”
The best quarterbacks are brimming with self confidence, and Lytle definitely fits the profile.
“I’m my own worst critic, first and foremost,” he said. “I have extremely high standards for myself, a standard that I hold myself to. There is a certain level that I expect myself to perform at and work hard to achieve.”
It’s only a matter of time before Lytle reaches that high level, but there will likely be some growing pains along the way against such talented opposing teams. “I am really looking forward to May 9, the beginning of Spring Ball,” he said.
Will Hewlett of NFA helped Lytle make the transition to quarterback when he was heading into seventh grade.
“I remember the first NFA camp I did,” Lytle said. “It was working concepts and getting reps. I also remember winning the Passio Award. It was competing against guys in the local area. It really prepared me to be able to compete in the upcoming season, learning from watching other guys, getting ideas of things to work on. I’d look at a guy at the camp doing something really well and I’d go to work on it. It was a really big help. During eighth grade, I also attended an elite camp in the Bay Area with Will Hewlett. That camp truly prepared me for my first year of high school ball.”