Like Grimm, his old high school coach isn’t surprised to see Jack where he is now.
“I didn’t have any doubt he would put the work in,” Rowley said. “He did what he had to. He took his chance and it’s worked out. He’s done an amazing job.”
Tyler always had people like Rowley, Grimm and his parents around, who know him and knew that he could be an impact player. However, convincing those who grant the opportunities to think the same wasn’t as easy.
Jack earned the right say “I-told-you-so,” but even while hushing his doubters, he remains modest.
“It’s really humbling. My parents tell me to look back to five years ago and just think about how I was then compared to how I am now,” he said. “I’m so blessed for what has happened. I’ve been very fortuitous with the way things have happened, but I try to take it all in stride, do the best I can and make people proud.”
Tyler has been a tackling machine in the middle since starting for the Hokies. Last season he led the team with 119 stops, and currently leads the team with 33 in this season’s four games.
“He’s as instinctive as anyone we’ve had here. He’s got great vision,” Foster said. “I don’t know what he runs in the forty, probably 4.75, 4.8 but he plays at 4.6 or 4.5. It’s been rewarding watching him develop.”
So what’s next for Jack Tyler? After his senior year, he’s hoping to find a career at the highest level.
Again, he may need to do some convincing, as he’s rated as the No. 22 inside linebacker entering the NFL draft, but history shows that Jack Tyler doesn’t care about odds.
“To play in the NFL has been a goal of mine since I was very little,” Jack said. “Now that I see it as something that’s reachable, I’m going to do anything that I can to reach it, and I’m not going to stop until I do.”