His long term future rests with his cannonading left leg, but Logan Tyler is spending the summer working on his right arm.
Tyler is verbally committed to be a placekicker for the reigning ACC champion Florida State football team when he finishes high school. With his senior year remaining, Tyler will play quarterback, strong safety, punter and kicker for Nixa this fall.
He visited the Florida State campus in Tallahassee June 4-7 for a kicking camp, and committed on the spot upon receiving a scholarship offer from coach Jimbo Fisher.
“It was awesome, it was amazing, it was everything I wanted it to be and more,” Tyler said of committing to Florida State. “I’m really happy to be a Seminole, but for right now I’m focusing on this next season with my high school team because I realize it’s going to be the last time I’m going to be playing with them.”
Tyler seldom came off the field during Nixa’s 9-4 campaign last fall that ended with a 25-22 loss to Battle in the Class 5 state championship game in November in St. Louis. Tyler split time with the now-graduated Dawson Mills at quarterback, but also contributed as a running back.
Tyler finished the season 11-of-20 passing for 166 yards. He had nine receptions for 111 yards and 168 carries for 1,031 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. With Mills departed, Tyler figures to be a full-time quarterback in the upcoming season.
In summer 7-on-7 scrimmages, Tyler showed what appeared to be improved arm strength and throwing accuracy under the eye of Nixa coach Richard Rehagen.
“The little bit that we’ve been focusing on is working with him throwing the football, and I think it’s something he’s improving at,” Rehagen said.
Tyler spent early mornings and late nights in the spring throwing to anyone willing to run routes for him on the field at Nixa Junior High.
“I’ve found plenty of time to get out and throw because I realize it wasn’t my strong suit last year, and I definitely feel like I’ve gotten better at that,” Tyler said.
He has gotten better as a kicker, too. In a spring kicking camp, Tyler connected on a 75-yard field goal attempt, albeit with the wind at his back. Just as he spends more time in the offseason throwing passes, Tyler spends more time practicing kicks and punts.
“I didn’t really train any different, it’s just that I had that extra kicking added on to it, so I’d stay an extra 30-40 (minutes), an hour after we’re done with our regular workouts to get that kicking in,” Tyler said.
In 2014, Tyler connected on 38 of 39 extra point attempts and 11 of 16 field goal tries with a long of 42. Fifty of Tyler’s 68 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.
Kohl’s — one of the top recognized camps and scouting services for kickers, punters and long snappers — rates Tyler as the No. 1 placekicker in the nation in the current crop of rising seniors.
A portion of Kohl’s scouting report on Tyler reads, “He is a superior athlete who might have the strongest leg in the 2016 class. The ball makes a different sound off his foot and he stands out amongst other good kickers.”
Kohl’s also rates Tyler as the No. 6 punter in the country in his class.
Rehagen says news of Tyler’s commitment to Florida State added to an already high level of enthusiasm in the Eagles locker room.
“I’d say excitement for sure. We’re happy for him, happy for him that he’s going to get that opportunity. You can tell our guys —everybody is happy for him,” Rehagen said.