John Champe WR Tyler Savage (Photo: Sheridan King/recruitNoVA)
recruitNoVA Fab 30: Tyler Savage – John Champe #29
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
John Champe High School has a senior leader in the wide receiver corps who’s ready to lead the offense in 2018.
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in and around Northern Virginia. Number 29 in our countdown is highly skilled wide out Tyler Savage.
#29 Tyler Savage (2020 WR 6-3 190) – John Champe High School
At 6-3 and 190 pounds, wide receiver Tyler Savage already possesses the size and power needed to play his position at the college level.
It’s a feeling shared by a number of college coaches, so it was no surprise that on July 1, Savage, the John Champe standout and #29 on the recruitNoVA.com top-30 list, verbally committed to East Carolina.
The Pirates won out over schools such as Temple and Appalachian State for the right to add Savage to their roster in 2020. Coach Drew Dudzik, the ECU wide receivers coach, and native of nearby Clifton, VA, was the lead recruiter in the process, and the immediate plan is to keep their new ball catcher strictly at the wide receiver position as they aim to rebound from a disappointing 3-9 campaign in 2018.
In Savage, East Carolina will gain a quick (4.59 – 40-yard) wideout with decent hops (33-inch vertical jump). He’s also a versatile athlete and averaged over 20 points per game as a guard on the Knight basketball team, with a high point tally of 36 against Lake Braddock.
He’s also a young man of few words, rare in this era of self-promotion. When reminded that the fit with the Greensville, NC would be good as the Pirates like to throw, his response was to the point – “Oh yeah, for sure.” East Carolina should be airborne again this season, with the emergence of sophomore Holton Ahlers (1,785 passing yards, 12 TD’s) as the projected starting QB.
For this season, however, Savage will do his part to help Coach Jason Dawson’s squad get stabilized on the winning track after slipping to 6-5 last season. “We are really looking solid,” said
Savage, adding, “It should be a really great year.”
Champe will open its 2019 season on August 29 with an away game against Booker T. Washington of Norfolk.
– Jim McGrath