STANDOUT MULLING OFFERS
Thomas Dale’s Chris Tyree hopes to make decision by start of football season
CHESTER — For years, Thomas Dale standout Chris Tyree has kept the attention of colleges across the county. By now, Tyree supposes he’s up to about 31 college offers.
“It’s a blessing to be able to be in this position,” he said.
Last December, he narrowed his possible schools down to a top 10: Florida State, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Stanford, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. But offers are still coming in — like one in January from the University of Alabama — so he notes that his top 10 could be subject to change.
“I’m just trying to figure out how each school will use me in their teams,” Tyree said, noting that he doesn’t have a preference for school size or distance from home. “I really don’t have a taste in what I want in a campus lifestyle, as long as it’s the right feel for me and I feel comfortable with everybody there.”
Tyree plans to make his final commitment by the end of the upcoming football season at the latest. In the meantime, he’s setting state records on the Knights’ track team — Tyree is now ranked number one in Virginia for the 55 meter dash — and preparing to hopefully win the state championship come next football season.
“One of my best attributes on the field is my speed,” Tyree said, “so if I can actually work on my craft and my speed while I’m doing track, that’s the best of both worlds.”
Thomas Dale football coach Kevin Tucker has known
Tyree since Tyree’s little league days, and said he’s always been the “quiet, humble kid scoring lots of touchdowns.” Given
Tyree’s team-player attitude and his 3.8 GPA, Tucker can certainly see why he’s generated so much buzz.
“Any time he touches the ball, he’s a threat to score,” Tucker said of Tyree, “and I think when the colleges watch his film, they come in and
meet the young man in person and they find out he’s just as good of a young man as he is a football player, and just as good of a student.
“You take all three of those and you put them together, and you’ve got yourself a future All-American.”
Chris Tyree says he hopes to have his college choice made by the beginning of football season. To date, more than 30 colleges have expressed interest in him.