Poly's Kyler decides on Tennessee

January 18, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writers Calvin Watkins contributed to this article.

Poly's Greg Kyler, the Baltimore Sun's 1993 All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year, confirmed last night that he has orally committed to accept a football scholarship to the University of Tennessee.

Kyler, who had narrowed his choices down to Tennessee and the University of Maryland, said he made his decision Sunday at 7:15 p.m. during a telephone conversation between his grandparents -- Lillian Withers and Leroy Green -- and Volunteers coach Phillip Fullmer.

Kyler, who expects to see time as a wide receiver, said a visit to Tennesee over the weekend was the overriding factor in his decision.

"I enjoyed everything about my visit -- the stadium, the outdoor and indoor facilities. Everything was very modern, and I was extremely pleased with it," said Kyler, who has satisfied the NCAA's freshman eligibility requirements and needs only to maintain his present grade average.

"I think I'll see rotation time as a receiver, and I think I'll be able to make the transition to the college game. Whether or not I'll start, I don't know. But I think I can be an impact player."

He certainly was that at top-ranked Poly (11-1), which ended the season as the 3A state runner-up to Seneca Valley of Montgomery County. Kyler, who runs a 4.3 40-yard --, rushed for and caught an area-leading 29 touchdowns.

Kyler, 6 feet 2, 175 pounds, had 1,390 rushing yards and 432 receiving yards on 22 receptions.

Tennessee was ranked No. 14 after it lost to Penn State in the Florida Citrus Bowl, finishing 9-3-1.

"I'm glad he made the decision, because I've been on the phone with more coaches with him than any other player I've coached," said Poly coach Augie Waibel. "I think it's a great opportunity for him. Tennessee has an excellent program. I know he'll do a good job down there."

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