Highly touted lineman makes Wisconsin his choice in football recruiting battle
Tyler Beach can’t sign a letter of intent officially accepting a college football scholarship until next February, but he’s already made up his mind.
The Port Washington High School junior lineman has made an oral commitment to play for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“My dream is finally a reality,” the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Beach announced on Twitter.
“I would like to thank my parents for making me the man I have become today and I would like to thank all the coaches who have spent their time recruiting me. They have all given me a chance to do great things.
“With that announcement I would like to say I am committing to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.”
Although Beach still has another season to go at Port, his work in offseason camps and an impressive junior season have already made him one of the highest-profile football recruits in school history.
Regarded as the top offensive line prospect for 2017 among Wisconsin high school players, Beach has received scholarship offers from more than a dozen Division I programs.
Among the hopefuls along with Wisconsin are Notre Dame, Michigan, Illinois, Northwestern, Arkansas, Oregon State, Missouri, Syracuse, Arizona and Vanderbilt.
“It was kind of the right time for me to make a decision,” Beach said. “I think I’ve gotten all the offers I’m going to, so the timing was right.
“Making a decision now will help me be able to focus on the upcoming season.”
Port coach John Bunyan praised Beach as a player with “a tremendous upside.”
“He’s only 16, but he’s already got size and great technique,” Bunyan said. “He’s athletic, mobile and has the length that college scouts look for.
“He had a great summer between his sophomore and junior years. That caught the attention of a lot of people.”
Beach received All-North Shore Con-ference first-team recognition and honorable mention in Wisconsin Football Coaches Association’s all-state voting.
The son of Bruce and Kathy Beach, he is the second Port Washington lineman to commit to a Division I college football program in the last three years.