Cal's loss may be BYU's gain. A week after the Golden Bears wooed BYU commit Johnny Ragin III away from Provo, a Cal commit had his scholarship offer pulled by new coach Sonny Dykes -- and the name should be familiar to Cougar fans.
Torry McTyer, son of BYU great Tim, finds himself in need of a new place to play football. Cal pulled his offer, reportedly due to academics, and dad wasn't happy:
Wow news gets out quick, but let me start off by saying YES Torry McTyer is my son. 2nd Yes The University of Cal was unloya— Tim McTyer ™© (@timmctyer) January 31, 2013
Torry is a 6'1" wide receiver and defensive back from Los Angeles, rated two stars by Scout and three stars by Rivals. He committed to Cal as an "athlete."
Since news broke of his offer being pulled, BYU has become a major player for his services. And I've got to admit, seeing another McTyer in BYU blue would be awesome (and all efforts should be made to have him wear #21 if he chooses BYU.)
Just spoke with Tim McTyre...BYU has reached out and the family is hopeful something can be worked out— Brandon Gurney (@BrandonCGurney) January 31, 2013
@y_soup either WR or CB...assume BYU would want him to play CB...offered as an athlete by Cal— Brandon Gurney (@BrandonCGurney) January 31, 2013
@troybadams not surprising in the least— Brandon Gurney (@BrandonCGurney) January 31, 2013
@cdubb03 very high— Brandon Gurney (@BrandonCGurney) February 1, 2013
McTyre was contacted by Coach Howell today and told that coaches love his film and athletic potential— Brandon Gurney (@BrandonCGurney) February 1, 2013
Torry's exploits can be viewed here on his Hudl profile.
Despite playing just two years at BYU, Torry's father Tim is highly regarded in Cougar football lore. Tim was an integral part of the defense that helped BYU to a 14-1 record in 1996. In just two seasons for the Cougars, the senior McTyer recorded seven interceptions (returning one for a TD) and 120 tackles, earning a reputation as a strong hitter from the cornerback position.
For Torry, it appears he has ample athleticism and height, and his grades are trending upward. None of those are bad things for BYU, especially when the one defensive position the Cougars struggle with historically, as far as talent and depth are concerned, is the defensive secondary.
Here's hoping all goes well between BYU coaches, Torry, and his father. I'd love to see "McTyer" grace the back of a jersey at BYU again.