Tyler Lytle keeps showing why he is one of the best young quarterbacks on the West Coast.
Not only did the San Diego native lead the Torrey Pines Falcons to an 8-0 record this season, Lytle was selected to play in the 2013 Junior Rank Junior Academic All-American Game. An eighth grader, Lytle also excels in the classroom and has a 3.83 GPA.
The Junior Academic All-American Game will be played on Jan. 4, 2013 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. A 7th Grade All-American Game will be played before Lytle steps under center for the West team in the 8th Grade All-American Game.
Not only is being selected to play a tremendous honor, it gives Lytle another shot at playing in a game before he prepares for high school football.
“I am having a blast playing this great game,” Lytle said. “My success is a result of the great coaching this summer and in season. It is also the hard work, studying and training I have put in since starting to play QB last season.”
An exceptional athlete, Lytle has improved his quarterback skills by attending NFA camps the past year.
With the Torrey Pines Falcons, all of the hard work and training paid off as he threw just 1 interception.
This year, Tyler played for his father, Mike Lytle.
“My dad always tells me: ‘Pressure is a privilege,’” Tyler said. “You should enjoy the fact that you are feeling pressure because it means you are relevant to whatever it is you are participating in.”
Playing together helps ease the pressure on the rising talent.
“The team aspect of this game is what I enjoy most,” Lytle said. “It is 11 guys on the field trying to dominate the 11 on the other side. Strategizing or calling an audible to expose a weakness.”
Lytle started his football career as a running back, and he has the speed and athletic skills to continue playing the position.
But look for him to stick at quarterback, where Lytle is combining his physical ability and smarts.
“I’ve been lucky enough that my coaches have trusted me enough to call those audibles on the field,” Lytle said. “I really have my coaches and my supporters to thank for putting me in a position to succeed.”
He’s been a huge success with the Torrey Pines Falcons, but Lytle is able to keep himself grounded and humble.
“I believe that you are never above something,” he said. “Even the simplest things can improve whatever it is you’re doing, whether it is in football or life. So I’ve been keeping an open mind and learning as much as I possibly can that will help me in the future.”
Lytle’s goal is playing college football at Southern California.
If he continues performing at such a high level and improving against tougher competition, the dream could become a reality.