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MARC TYLER

Height: 6-0
Weight: 215 lbs.
School: Oaks Christian
Hometown: Westlake Village, California
COMMITMENT: USC

PROFILE:

The Oaks Christian offense is one of the most potent in the land with Marc Tyler at tailback and Jimmy Clausen at quarterback.

Tyler isn't just a straight back, however. He did carry the ball 131 times for 1,700 yards and averaged 12.9 yards on the ground in his 31 touchdown season. On defense though, he racked up 45 tackles with 26 solo and is timed on the track running a 10.8 100-meters and a 22.3 200-meters.

After a breakout junior year rushing 185 times for 2,296 yards and 45 TDs, averaging over 12 yards per, Tyler's senior campaign was outstanding by the numbers - but he also broke his leg during his team's playoffs run.

The injury may have put a damper to his high school send-off, but it didn't stop Tyler from showing up in San Antonio after being selected a U.S. Army All-American.

He was unable to play, but was awarded the Walter Payton Ironman Award during his stay. More inviting is the fact he was walking fine after only a month removed from breaking his fibula and tibia.

Tyler says he's expected to make a full recovery and plans on being as 100 percent ready as he can for his freshman year at USC.

His father, Wendell, was an All-American at UCLA.

TOM LEMMING'S TAKE:

The No. 1 tailback prospect in the West is also one of the nation's finest all-around ball players. After watching senior film I believe he has All-American ability at TB and LB. An explosive back with terrific hands, he's also an accomplished blocker. A powerfully built back who can bounce outside in a hurry, excels in the open field, shows very good instincts, sees blocks developing, can cut on a dime, breaks arm tackles and gains a lot of yards after initial contact.