After going with two defensive players and a two-way tackle with their first group of 2014 commitments, Brad Lambert and the Charlotte 49ers staff have thrown a tight end into the mix. R.J. Tyler, from Wagener-Salley (SC), gave his verbal yesterday and will trade his red and white high school jersey for Niner green.
Tyler spoke to the Aiken Standard last night about his decision and what played into it.
“I get to come in fresh and be a building block,” said Tyler, who will play tight end for the 49ers, selecting them over other colleges making offers including Appalachian State, South Carolina State, Wofford and Western Carolina. “I get to do something special and start a foundation.”
Along with football, Tyler played basketball for the War Eagles, but his focus as a student-athlete at Charlotte will solely be football. Although he’s been recruited as a tight end, he contributed nicely on the defensive side during his high school years.
That opportunity Tyler mentioned–to come in and help build a football program–has been a common thread among several football players that have come in to play for Charlotte. And Tyler, whose father, Robert, was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks out of the aformentioned South Carolina State, gets to be a part of not only building the program through its early seasons, but through its transitional period from FCS independent to Conference USA and FBS football.