STAND­OUT MULLING OF­FERS

Thomas Dale’s Chris Tyree hopes to make de­ci­sion by start of foot­ball sea­son

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By Kate Gib­son P-I Cor­re­spon­dent

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.”

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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.

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