Linebacker Tyler Juede from Shadow Mountain HS (Phoenix, AZ) is looking hard at Ivy League…
Juede to Follow in Father's Footsteps
Shadow Mountain LB Tyler Juede has confirmed with Scout.com that he has given his verbal commitment to Army. Juede says that he will more than likely not go directly to the academy next year though. The more likely option is to play one year at the Army Prep School before heading off to West Point, but there is a possibility he could still get admitted to the academy. The 6-0 225 pound Juede's father is currently a military police officer, doing a tour in Iraq and the chance to follow in his footsteps was too good to pass up. He says, I really look up to my dad. He is one of my heroes. I really respect him and what he does. He puts his life on the line for us to live in a free country. I want to follow his footsteps." Tyler is considering majoring in engineering and the Army education was something that also appealed to him. "You have good opportunities afterwards when you put that (West Point grad) on a resume," he says. Juede expresses an interest in becoming an engineer in the Army and developing weapons and vehicles. The military commitment after graduation did not deter him from making his commitment. He says, "You graduate as a 2nd lieutenant" and adds, "It sets you up for a great life afterwards." From his linebacker spot, Juede has recorded 60 tackles and 1.5 sacks (6 game stats) for the 3-4 Matadors but the Cadet coaching staff has expressed the possibility of him moving to fullback and he is open to it. "I love hitting, clearing the hole for the running back and doing the dirty work," he says. Juede's family couldn't be happier with his choice. Tyler has been able to communicate with his father via webcam a few times since he has left and the news has been relayed to him. "My Dad is proud. He thinks it is a really good opportunity," he says. He adds that he will be one of the first in his family to go to a four-year college and is happy that the pressure of paying for school has been lifted off his family with him getting a scholarship. With many players committing and de-committing, Juede says that he has no intentions of changing his mind. "I am totally making the right decision," he says. Juede and Shadow Mountain play 6-1 Scottsdale Chaparral this week.
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