VAUGHT: The Dakotah Tyler Story, Pt 1

VAUGHT: The Dakotah Tyler Story, Pt 1

There's a lot of adjectives coach Derek Moyers can use to describe Dakotah Tyler. Big. Strong. Fast. Physical. Moyers uses all of them when talking about his star running back at Pike High School in Indianapolis.

There's a lot of adjectives coach Derek Moyers can use to describe Dakotah Tyler. Big. Strong. Fast. Physical. Moyers uses all of them when talking about his star running back at Pike High School in Indianapolis.

However, his favorite word when talking about Tyler is competitor.

"He is just an unbelievable competitor. When you talk about competition, the Southeastern Conference is right up there with the best in the country and that's the level he wants to compete at," Moyers said. "I asked him if he was sure he wanted to play against that type of competition for four years and he said, 'Coach, if you want to be the best, you've got to go play with the best.' So he's looking forward to playing against those teams and getting Kentucky to the next level."

The 6-4, 210-pound Tyler was part of Kentucky's recent recruiting class and his journey to the Wildcats has been an interesting one.

Originally, he verbally committed to Cincinnati where he was slated to be a safety based on his stellar junior season. But he was moved to offense his senior year. At first, he played quarterback. Then he moved to running back and blossomed into a special player that had schools noticing.

Tyler decided he wanted to play offense, not defense, in college after scoring a school record 104 points in 2008. Since Cincinnati already had its quota of running backs, he backed out on that commitment and didn't need long to pick the Wildcats.

Moyers thinks the Wildcats got a steal, especially with the potential void the Cats could have at running back going into next season if Derrick Locke is not back from knee surgery or Moncell Allen reinstated to the team when the season opens.

"He is an extremely humble young man. He understands he has been given a gift and has a tremendous opportunity wherever it would have been in college. He was very thankful he was going be given the to opportunity play and get a degree at a good university. One thing he is adamant about is getting a meaningful degree. Education is important to him," Moyers said. "He is a sharp kid. I have him in government class. He in tune with what is going on not only in class, but he understands the world and current events. He makes those situations relevant to his world as well."

Part of that is because Tyler's world had a shocking change his sophomore season when he was not allowed to play football by the school's former coach. Tyler won't discuss what happened in detail and Moyers said he got answers that convinced him it would not be a risk to let Tyler rejoin the team.

"He did not play his sophomore year. He had gotten in some trouble. It was apparently one of those situations where he was with the wrong crowd at the wrong time," Moyers said. "From what I was told, it was totally out of character for him. But the bottom line he that he didn't get to play football his sophomore year.


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