May 21, 2009
Slavin turns Corona into a popular destination
Corona (Calif.) wide receiver Tyler Slavin continues to see his recruiting stock increase. In the last month, the 6-foot-2, 182-pound Slavin was made a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and has seen his list of scholarship offers grow to eight. Still, Slavin is keeping an open mind about his recruiting.
"I don't really have a favorite right now," Slavin said, "I am basically handing in there and taking everything slow right now."
Slavin added that college coaches have been coming by in droves to check out his skills in the last couple weeks.
"I generally get about two or three-a-day and last week we had 12 come by in one day," he said. "They look at my grades to see if the transcripts are good. Sometimes they'll come talk to me. Most of them talk about keeping it up, hitting the books and ask me if I am interested in their school or not."
The offer list right now for Slavin contains Washington, Nebraska, Arizona State, Arizona, Nevada, UNLV, UTEP and Colorado State. They are looking at Slavin a year after he caught 22 passes for 501 yards and scored six touchdowns on his way to All-League and All-County honors. Slavin owns a 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash, as well as a 31-inch vertical leap. Those tools, combined with his size, have led him to pattern his game after Buffalo wide receiver Terrell Owens.
"I am fast, I can jump high, I have good feet, I have good hands and I can catch the ball," he said when asked his strengths. "I'm like a T.O.. I have good route-running skills and when I catch the ball, I go upfield and get as many yards as I can."
Slavin said he is looking for a school that offers him the right vibe and has a coaching staff and players he can be comfortable with. Thus far he hasn't taken any visits, but did hear from a Colorado State coach who came by to work him out. Slavin said he has put the Rams in the mix with all the rest of the schools who have offered him a scholarship.
While the recruiting is important, it is clear Slavin is concentrating on a strong senior year at Eleanor Roosevelt High School after his squad went 6-5 a year ago.
"We have a new quarterback who is a Sophomore, but we are coming out with a strong mindset. We are trying to win league and we are coming out with a boom," Slavin said.
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