Tyler could be perfect fit at running back

Dakotah Tyler

Derek Moyers knows he's biased. After all, he was Dakotah Tyler's coach at Pike High School in Indianapolis the last two years.

Derek Moyers knows he's biased. After all, he was Dakotah Tyler's coach at Pike High School in Indianapolis the last two years.

Yet he still believes his perspective about Tyler's college potential is legitimate and that his standout player can help solve the running back worries for the Wildcats — who could go into next season with just one healthy scholarship back, Alfonso Smith.

"He is definitely a running back in college. He could play safety, but coach (Rich) Brooks and (running backs coach Larry) Brinson and (Joker) Philips all recruited him and have all seen his film and have seen what he can do with the ball in his hands," said Moyers. "He can help return kicks and punts. Any time he gets the ball in his hands, he is electrifying. The sooner they get ball to that kid, the better off they will all be. He's that good."

Apparently John Newton, the father of UK quarterback recruit Morgan Newton, feels the same as Moyers. Newton and Tyler played together one year at Pike before Newton transferred to Carmel and Newton's father is glad Tyler will be rejoining his son at Kentucky.

"He is a playmaker. He is one of the most underrated running backs in the state of Indiana," John Newton said. "He's a big, strong kid with a world of potential. He has the kind of talent you want on your team."

So how good is Tyler?

"I have never met an athlete that is as physically gifted as Dakotah is. He is 5-10, 210 pounds. He can bench press 325, squat 510. And he has a 36-inch vertical jump. He is the total package. He can run around you or through you, and it doesn't matter to him. He'll do whatever it takes. He is a weight room warrior. The scary part is when he gets there, he will only get bigger, faster and stronger. That's scary to think about considering how big and fast he is already."

Kentucky's running back situation is one reason that made the Wildcats attractive.

"One thing that made Kentucky so attractive was not just the beautiful campus, great academics and a chance to play in the SEC. It was the opportunity to come in and contribute right away. That's something he really liked about Kentucky."

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