There is no question that former Oakton (Vienna, VA) standout Cody Grimm has made the most of his recruited walk-on opportunity at Virginia Tech, turning into a key contributor for the Hokies. Tech is looking for similar success with its latest recruited walk on out of Oakton, 6-2, 215-pound linebacker Jack Tyler.
Despite boasting full scholarship offers from U-Mass and VMI, Tyler accepted a recruited walk-on spot with the Hokies the weekend before Signing Day.
“I guess I’ve always loved Tech,” Tyler said. “It always was one of my favorite schools. I had to decide between the mindset of going someplace and being a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond. My dad said that the ponds don’t grow, but the fish can. There are no guarantees of anything, but there are a lot of factors I like. Cody Grimm went to Oakton and I respect him a lot. Since he’s had such a great career, I thought maybe I could do the same. I talked to him a couple of times and he helped me make my decision. I have a good connection with all the coaches. I really like Coach Foster. Coach Beamer is a great guy. They are really nice people.”
Tyler made an official visit to Virginia Tech from January 30th-February 1st. He informed head coach Frank Beamer of his decision on the evening of the 31st.
“Going into the meeting, I had a good idea that I wanted to go there,” Tyler said. “In the middle of the meeting, my dad turned to me and asked what I wanted to do. I said I wanted to play at Virginia Tech.
“I think Coach Beamer was a little surprised because my dad put me on the spot. He just looked surprised. He asked, ‘Really? Officially?’ Then he said that deserves a big hug.”
Tyler and Grimm each had similar success on the high school level, so the comparisons have been plentiful. The Oakton senior knows all about Grimm’s accomplishments and hopes to follow a similar career path at Virginia Tech as well.
“I’ve always looked up to Cody Grimm. He has always been my favorite player in college,” Tyler said. “I got the same accolades as him. Being in the same breath as him is an accomplishment.”
One of the most productive players in the state of Virginia the past two seasons, Tyler tallied over 100 tackles as a junior and racked up 138 more...
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