On Wednesday afternoon, Tyler Lytle arrived in Boulder.
In the past few months, there’s been some concern about whether the three-star quarterback recruit would actually come to Colorado, but he couldn’t be more pleased to get started with the Buffaloes.
“I’m extremely comfortable and am 100 percent confident that I made the right decision back in the summer,” Lytle said.
Lytle is one of five players in CU’s 2017 recruiting class that’s expected to leave high school a semester early and begin classes at CU next week.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Lytle, from Servite High School in Anaheim, Calif., gave his verbal commitment to CU on June 21. Throughout his senior season, Lytle was pressured by several schools and even took an official visit to Indiana in October.
Baylor head coach Matt Rhule, who left Temple for the job with the Bears, offered Lytle a scholarship within a few days of taking his new job. Rhule also recruited Lytle at Temple.
Lytle, however, stuck with his commitment to CU, and is eager to get started.
“The biggest advantage, by far (of enrolling early) is being able to participate in spring ball and the offseason strength program to put on weight and get yourself physically ready for college football,” he said.
CU loses four-year starter Sefo Liufau to graduation, but the Buffs are expected to have perhaps the most talented group of quarterbacks they’ve had in years.
Sophomore Steven Montez made three starts and played in several other games this past season, as Liufau dealt with injuries. Montez completed 79 of 131 passes for 1,017 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions for the Buffs (10-4, 8-1 Pac-12).
Montez also ran for 231 yards last season and earned Pac-12 offensive player of the week honors after leading the Buffs to a 41-38 win against Oregon on Sept. 24.
Montez is the odds-on favorite to win the starting job, but redshirt freshman Sam Noyer and Lytle are expected to push him for the job.
“I can’t wait to compete against those guys and to finally take the step to the college level,” Lytle said. “I know those guys are gonna push me and I’m gonna push them. It’s great for Colorado football.”
Having the opportunity to participate in spring ball before his true freshman season, Lytle said his mission is two-fold: to acclimate himself to college and the team, and to show he can compete.
“I’m an early enrollee, so I can compete for the job, but at the same time, I’m going to get up to speed quick on the offense and build relationships with my teammates,” he said.
A business major, Lytle has already been admitted into the Leeds School of Business.
He also said he hopes to wear No. 7, which was his number in high school. Jordan Gehrke, who recently finished his senior year, wore No. 7 last year.
For Lytle, moving to a new place is something he’s used to doing. He and his family have moved around a lot over the years. While this is the first time he’s moving on his own, he’s hoping to make it as rewarding as his other moves.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I love moving around and experiencing different places and different walks of life and that’s how I’m approaching this.”