April 12, 2011

LB Tyler Goble among Plymouths D-1 prospects

Coming off a remarkable run through the playoffs during his junior year and coming up just short of a state title, Plymouth (Mich.) linebacker Tyler Goble looks to get back to that same point next year. The 6-foot linebacker is generating a lot of interest from top schools but is yet to grab that coveted first offer.

"So far I have no offers but I have interest from a lot of MAC schools including Toledo, Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Central Michigan. Also Big Ten schools like Penn State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan and some SEC schools like Vanderbilt."

With a wide variety of schools competing for his services, he looks to a couple factors which will help in his decision making process. Goble is focused on grabbing an offer, but many other criteria will help him evaluate schools.

"I want to go to a place with good academics, where I can get a good degree that also has a family type atmosphere. Just overall a good program and a place where we will win championships, so just a place I can help get that done," said Goble. "Central Michigan fits what I want pretty well, along with some other schools."

And Central Michigan is a school that has produced some standout linebacker over the years, including Frank Zombo, Ike Brown and Nick Bellore. And with some limited depth behind their current upperclassmen, the Chippewas will be looking to add a few linebackers in the 2012 class.

"They are a really strong program and up and coming. They go and win the MAC and just really compete. I'm not able to get up there because play baseball, but will try to. They invited me to Junior Day but couldn't make it. I talk to Coach (Vinson) Reynolds and Coach (Taylor) Stubblefield who are now my recruiters because it changed" added Goble.

With spring practice underway around the country, summer camps are coming up fast. Goble will have the benefit of having a strong program with numerous other D-1 athletes, including OL Robert Riche and DB Donte Fox, both of whom already hold CMU offers. In addition his older brother Ronnie Goble is a redshirt freshman defensive end at Bowling Green, and he can help guide his younger brother through the recruiting process.

"Recently I've gone to Indiana which went well. I met with Coach (Mike) Ekeler the linebacker coach and he said he likes my film. My visit to Michigan went good. I met with Coach (Fred) Jackson, Coach (Greg) Mattison, Coach (Brady) Hoke, and Coach (Chris) Singletary. They invited me back whenever I want and want me to call them once a week. Toledo went well too, they like my tape just want to get to know me better. Also I've been to spring practices at Michigan State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan where I met with the head coach at all three," explained Goble. "This coming Sunday I will be going to Middle Tennessee State and Vanderbilt. Also looks like things will heat up during the spring evaluation here at Plymouth."

As the process moves forward toward his senior year, Goble will continue to work and improve on things which will allow him to enjoy a success in the future.

"My strengths are just that I'm athletic, which helps me when I run down the quarterback, running down off the edge, and when I run across the formation. Also just my ability to get down the field quickly," said Goble. "My weakness I would probably say are my pass drops, some technique and some footwork things."

With his strengths on display last fall he was able to help Plymouth reach the state championship versus Lake Orion, although it ended in a 21-13 loss. It made them finish one step short after their remarkable run through the playoffs.

"We had a really strong season lost to Lake Orion 21-13 in final. We played a lot of tough opponents on the way including Canton, Catholic Central, and Rockford. It was a great experience. We hope to get back, work real hard, and I just hope we go again and just get better."

And Goble indicated he would like to make a decision early in order to get the distraction out of the way and focus on his season. Whether making his future college choice will distract him or not, one thing that won't disrupt his focus is when he watches his idol Brian Urlacher a player who he tries to emulate on the field.

"I would definitely say my idol is Brian Urlacher. I like how tough and how physical he is and just everything about his game. I even have a Fathead of him in my room, I am a huge fan," laughed Goble. "I have no time table set for a decision, but I would like to have an option to before my senior season."

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