recruit804 Fab 30: Chris Tyree RB Thomas Dale #1
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Thomas Dale was very much a dark horse last season.
If you go back to the archived preview we rolled out for the Knights last season you’ll notice that we had them going undefeated throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. We weren’t too far off of our prediction as Thomas Dale finished with an 8-2 record losing only to Dinwiddie by four points and L.C. Bird by 16 points.
Injuries were the death of the Knights and it really showed up in the Region 6A quarter-finals last year against Cosby before ultimately being eliminated by Manchester.
After having a full off-season to get healthy, Thomas Dale is poised again to have one of the top teams in all of Region 6A. They’ll benefit from having guys like Ejay Walker, Jasiah Williams, and Berk Snow ready to go before the start of the regular season.
Aside from the above aforementioned prospects, four-star and top overall prospect Chris Tyree is returning for his final season in a Thomas Dale uniform. Tyree combined in the backfield with
DeAngelo Gray could produce one of the most elusive backfield combinations in all of the Central Region.
As the season gets underway, we recognize the top senior prospects in and around the region of Central Virginia. Leading our countdown at number 1 is Thomas Dale starting running back Chris Tyree.
#1 Chris Tyree (2020 RB 5-10 185) – Thomas Dale High School
For some people the game is solely about football.
These are the people that eat, sleep, and dream football. Anyone that gets in the way of their success on the football field are typically shutout and everything said prospect does revolves around the game of football.
And then there are those in which the game is deeper than football.
These are the prospects who allow their father to dress up in the same gear as themselves on an official visit and take pictures as if the father is the prospect. And for the record, I embrace that. I embrace any show of public appreciation towards parents that give their all to ensure their children don’t have to go through the same trials they themselves went through.
I see this in Chris Tyree.
I see this in his younger siblings who pose in those very same pictures knowing that one day they could be in the same position as their older brother so as long they follow the blueprint laid out. Wasn’t it Jay-Z that once said, “Hov did that so hopefully you don’t have to go through that?”
The same concept applies.
And yet Chris Tyree is the top prospect in the state of Virginia as well as the recruit804 Fab 30 not just because of how he’s matured on the field, but also how he has matured off the field throughout the years.
Tyree led all running backs in the Central District last season rushing for 1,446 yards to just 11 touchdowns. Just a year before, he rushed for 1,113 yards and 10 touchdowns while during his freshman season he rushed for 716 yards and seven touchdowns.
His success on and off the football field led to Tyree securing offers from: Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan State, Marshall, Virginia Tech, Duke, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Florida State, West Virginia, Temple, Georgia, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Michigan, Florida, Tennessee, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Nebraska, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, and LSU.
Sometimes you just have to take a step back and give your own self a standing ovation.
Despite amassing 31 offers, it was the one from Notre Dame that stuck out a little more than the other ones. Notre Dame came through and offered Tyree near the beginning May and found itself sandwiched in between Nebraska and Illinois.
At the beginning of December, the Thomas Dale product announced a top 10 list that included: Florida State, Michigan, Penn State, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Virginia, VT, Stanford and Notre Dame.
However, it was Notre Dame that would come out on top as Tyree announced his committed on May 23 at Thomas Dale in front of his family and friends.
Throughout the years we’ve learned that no two prospects are alike. Last year Brandon Smith out of Louisa headed the recruit804 Fab 30 while in 2017, Ronnie Walker out of Hopewell walked away with the top honor. Both are now playing Division I football and are two completely different prospects.
Moving forward, understand that this is not a list that validates who you are as a football player. It’s an analytical composition that compiles many factors pertaining to whoever finds themselves on it. Grade point average, SAT score, statistics, scholarship offers, importance to team, how well your team performs with you and sometimes without you– these are just a few factors that determines positioning.
You should always strive to go further and if you don’t find yourself on this list know that it’s nothing personal against you, your program or your fan base. With that being said, congratulations to Chris Tyree our top prospect in the 2018 recruit804 Fab 30.
– Brandon Mitchell