In an incredibly predictable turn of events, the great-grandson of one of the most famous coaches in college football history is verbally committed to his great-grandfather’s former employer.
Four-star quarterback recruit Paul Tyson told BamaInsider.com that he’s verbally committed to Alabama. Tyson’s great-grandfather is former Alabama coach Bear Bryant, whose Crimson Tide teams won six national championships.
“Honestly, it means a lot to me,” Tyson told the Rivals site. “It’s a huge honor. It probably means a little bit more since my great-grandfather coached and played here. It’s just really awesome.”
A member of the class of 2019, Tyson will be eligible to officially sign with Alabama in the early-signing period in December. It seems pretty safe to bet that he’ll be doing that given his lineage and the fact that he’s not scheduling any other recruiting visits. You have to believe every other FBS team knew it was at a recruiting disadvantage to Alabama. How do you sell Bryant’s grandson on your program, especially when he’s an Alabama native?
In case you were wondering, Auburn is not listed on Tyson’s Rivals profile as one of the schools that recruited him. That was probably a smart move. We can’t imagine the heel turn that it would take for Tyson to go to Auburn.
Tyson is listed as the No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the country by Rivals and the No. 10 prospect overall in the state.
Bryant coached at Alabama from 1957-1983 after previous stops at Maryland, Kentucky and Texas A&M. Current Alabama coach Nick Saban tied Bryant’s record for national championships when Alabama beat Georgia in January’s College Football Playoff. Five of Saban’s titles have come with the Tide. His first came with LSU in 2003.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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