For Tyrin, taking the long way has always been his pedigree; from playing multiple positions for Monterey High School, to committing to Abilene Christian in the COVID-19 period and the day he committed to the Wildcats, the Texas Longhorns came out of nowhere and offered him the night before.
But loyalty has always been one of Tyrin's strong points so he honored his commitment and played two great years for Abilene Christian before getting into the transfer portal this summer and receiving double-digit offers from a plethora of Divison One schools before he decided on committing to West Virginia's Mountaineers from the BIG 12.
This season has been great for Tyrin as he has made multiple crucial plays for West Virginia including the game-clinching sack to defeat Pittsburgh last week!
Now Bradley will get to see his hometown college team, the Texas Tech Red Raiders, come to Morgantown for a visit this Saturday at 2:30pm! I caught up with Bradley and asked him some questions about Monterey, West Virginia and a whole lot more! Here is our interview below!
How does it feel to be playing your home College team this weekend, over 20 hours away?
It feels personal to be honest. When I was making my transition, Tech was a school that I really was open to and if given the opportunity probably would've went there but I feel WVU and it is the best thing for me so I'm excited to get out there and see one of my only high school teammates and play hard.
Talk about what made you commit to West Virginia when had double-digit offers in the transfer portal?
When making my decision the goal was to play big time ball; I knew and the people around me knew that I had the talent so it was all about finding the best situation for me. When I first got here i knew this was the place for me; the city isn't too crazy and it was a nice vibe. My grandma came out here with me and she loved it as well.
Once i found out we played in Texas three times and my family would still be able to come watch me, I prayed about it and I felt at peace with my decision. I was grateful for every coach that reached out and gave me an opportunity to play, but I felt that West Virginia was where I was supposed to be.
A lot of people didn’t know this, but you got a late offer from Texas before you committed to Abilene Christian. How did that make you feel to know one of the best Power 5 schools in the country wanted you?
Getting the late offer from Texas was really shocking. I visited a game when I was a Sophomore and the atmosphere was crazy. So getting that offer meant a lot. But with it getting closer to signing day I knew my decision would be based on who wanted me most and where I felt I could play.
Monterey! You guys have a couple of big time players on Power Five teams in you and Xavier White. What would you tell the guys in the 806 coming up on what needs to be done in order to get on the radar and get a big time offer on you guys level?
Yeah man shout out to my guy X, he was a really good player and I got to watch him for a year, but I would tell young guys coming up is to stand out: Post your workouts, DM coaches and send film; be the hardest worker, always get extra work in, and when your number is called make sure you are ready.
—" seize the moment"-—
How do feel about the Plainsmen’s turnaround, albeit early, but they already have won two more games than last year’s team. How’s Monterey looking this year to you?
I'm super proud of those guys, I respect what Coach Thrash is doing with them and how he's helped turn things around; hopefully I can catch a game sometime.
What will it take from the Mountaineers to pull out a victory over the Red Raiders Saturday?
We just have to keep working each and every week: stacking days and playing our best, having that chip on our shoulders each week and approaching every opponent the same. They are a really good team and very explosive, but we just have to come out and do our job and we'll be fine!
Don't forget the West Virginia Mountaineers will take on Texas Tech on Saturday at 2:30 on ESPN Plus! Tune in!
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