Kansas City prospect Ahmad Tyler is a relative unknown to many college football coaches and recruitniks alike. After splitting time as a junior, the Rockhurst QB plans to hit the road this summer to showcase his skills. Tyler broke down his plans for the next several months, with a scholarship as his ultimate goal.
Rockhurst junior Ahmad Tyler is the definition of an “under-the-radar prospect.” The Kansas City, MO prospect was part of a four man rotation at quarterback for the Hawklets in 2012, limiting his opportunities to prove he can be a consistent playmaker.
As the 6-foot-3, 170-pound signal caller gets started on the recruiting trail, the biggest factor could be just that. Opportunity.
Tyler may have created some for himself at last month’s Elite Combine in St. Louis. He was clocked at 4.7 seconds in the forty, and 4.28 in the pro-agility drill. With a 33-inch vertical leap and 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump, he flashed the kind of athleticism that has coaches intrigued.
“I got a chance to throw the ball, too,” Tyler said with a laugh. “There were a lot of people there, probably 40 different QBs. It kind of felt like it wasn’t looked upon like the other testing, in that the other testing overshadowed the one-on-ones.”
“I tried to throw as much as possible, and kept going to the shortest line. For what I did, I did real well.”
Since the season ended, Tyler has been working with quarterback guru Justin Hoover. Bishop Miege’s Montell Cozart transitioned from a lanky defensive back into one of the most prolific passers in the Sunflower State under Hoover’s guidance. Tyler believes he can make a similar jump.
“I actually did some workouts with him when I was in eighth grade, and that helped me going into high school,” Tyler said. “Now, I’m hooking back up with with again, and everything he’s showing me is really helping. It’s helping me a great deal.”
“I throw a great ball, but sometimes, we all let the ball get away with us. I want to try and be as consistent as possible. With Coach Hoover, I want to try and be consistent in my drop and my release. Just be consistent.”
In his search for opportunity, the biggest one may be this summer.
“I am going to be involved in the Elite 11 quarterback camp this summer,” he said, nodding. “That’s going to be in Columbus, OH on June first. I’m going to be trying to go up there with Coach Hoover, and that’s obviously a great opportunity to showcase my skills.”
Tyler plans to hit the recruiting trail hard. With a number of interested programs reaching out to him, he’s looking forward to seeing how he stacks up against the competition.
“That’s my main goal this summer, to go to as many school camps as I can,” he said. “The local schools, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa State of course. I’ve gotten some mail from San Jose State actually. I want to get to some of the far away schools, San Jose State and maybe San Diego State. Probably Yale and Harvard since they have been showing interest in me, then maybe some Big 10 schools like Nebraska.”