“The human Swiss Army knife” upheld his eight months of commitment to Florida State.
Nixa all-purpose football player Logan Tyler signed a national letter of intent to play for the Seminoles on Wednesday afternoon, the first day of the NCAA signing period for high school senior football players. Tyler will be a kicker and/or punter for Florida State, having given coach Jimbo Fisher his verbal commitment in early June 2015.
“It is amazing, all the people that are there—I know that they’re going to touch my life and change it for the better,” Tyler said. “I could honestly see us winning a national championship in the next four years while I’m there, and that is a huge draw for any athlete.”
As a senior, Tyler did much more than kick and punt for Nixa. He played quarterback, running back, linebacker and safety during different stretches of the season, but Tyler rarely came off the field on Friday nights.
He faxed his letter of intent to Florida State at 7:01 a.m. Wednesday and tried to go back to sleep for a short while. Tried.
“I just laid there and I just thought about all the times I stayed up thinking about my signing day, and me signing to a team and it being Florida State, and that actually coming true is a huge blessing,” Tyler said. “I’ve been dreaming of it since I was 6 or 7.”
Tyler piled up stats his senior year: 148 rushes for 876 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns; 31-of-66 passing for 608 yards and five passing touchdowns; 69 tackles, four interceptions and one interception return touchdown; 22 punts for a 37-yard net average, and 45 touchbacks on kickoffs.
In addition to pursuing big time college football, Tyler will pursue a big time pre-med degree.
“Biology, anatomy, that’s my stuff. I love it,” Tyler said.
When Tyler goes to Tallahassee, a starting role will not be guaranteed.
Tyler will enter a battle with a fellow Under Armour All-American in Enrique “Ricky” Aguayo of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Aguayo is the younger brother of Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo.
The elder Aguayo became the first kicker in 16 years to forgo his senior season of college football and declare for the NFL Draft, with the last being Sebastian Janikowski in 2000.
“Ricky and I are really good friends. I know they recruited me mainly as a punter, but nothing is taken right now. All three positions are open: punter, kicker and kickoff,” Tyler said. “We’re going to compete really hard and at the end of the day, we’re going to realize that it’s not going to taint or our friendship or anything like that, it’s just business.”
Tyler 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 Fisher.
Kohl’s – one of the top recognized camps and scouting services for kickers, punters and long snappers – rates Tyler as the No. 2 placekicker and the No. 28 punter in the nation in the class of 2016.
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.”