Jay Tyler almost had to pinch himself when Stanford assistant coach Pete Alamar came to Newman School on Wednesday and offered a scholarship.
“The only thing I could think of was it was a dream come true,” said Tyler, who committed to the Cardinal on Wednesday night. “I have been wanting to attend Stanford since middle school, and now I finally have the chance to.”
Tyler, who put up record-setting numbers as quarterback at Newman, will play slot receiver and on special teams at Stanford. An injured hand forced him to play extensive time at receiver his senior season after being named The New Orleans Advocate’s Offensive Player of the Year for Small Schools as a junior.
“It will be a relatively new position for me being that I’ve played quarterback my whole life, but I got some experience this past year. I feel that I’ll be more prepared to thrive at the position.”
Tyler (5-foot-9, 165 pounds) accounted for 2,047 yards and 31 TDs as a passer, runner, receiver and return specialist. He finished his career having accounted for more touchdowns (127) than anyone in Newman’s rich history. He threw 100 TD passes, rushed for 24 and scored three touchdowns on returns.
“I think he is one of the best kept secrets in the country,” said Newman coach Nelson Stewart. “He is as good of a leader and athlete as we have had at our school. The Mannings (Peyton and Eli) and (Odell) Beckham left their mark, but Jay and (classmate) Kendall) Bussey have solidified their place in history. He finished with over 8,000 total yards in high school for a good reason.”
Tyler also had offers from Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Army, Georgetown, Air Force, and UTEP.
But the one he got Wednesday trumped the others.
“It’s just the incredible mix of athletics and academics,” Tyler said.
Oh, and there is one other thing he is looking forward to: heading to California where he will be one of three Louisiana natives on the roster. He’ll join ex-John Curtis defensive back Terrence Alexander and former Ouachita Parish cornerback Taijuan Thomas.
“California will be fun,” Tyler said. “I was out there twice this past summer and just can’t wait to breathe that California air for good.”