It has been an epic climb from Thomas Dale High running back/defensive back, but Chris Tyree has seemingly reached the pinnacle. This past week,... Thomas Dale’s Tyree adds Alabama to list; Carter and Sterling get attention too
Chris Tyree carries the pigskin in football action last year.

It has been an epic climb from Thomas Dale High running back/defensive back, but Chris Tyree has seemingly reached the pinnacle. This past week, Alabama extended an offer to the junior. 

“Extremely blessed to receive an offer from the University of Alabama,” Tyree said on his Twitter account, @chris_tyree4. 

With world-class speed, high academics and a positive attitude, the student-athlete checks the boxes every major college coach looks for. It’s no surprise that he’s racked well over 30 offers and could essentially play for which college he chooses. 

His speed was on display this past weekend on the track as Tyree set a Thomas Dale and Virginia state record, running the 55-meter dash in a blistering 6.34 seconds. 

Another Thomas Dale standout is slowly rising up the recruiting ranks: Bryce Carter. This week, Wake Forest extended an offer, adding to a list that includes Virginia Tech, Virginia, Duke and Pittsburgh. 

Carter has been more than just a plug in the middle for the football Knights; last year he was a playmaker, registering a whopping 100 tackles to go with four sacks and 19 quarterback hurries. With those eye-popping statistics, it’s no surprise that the Atlantic Coast Conference and others have taken interest

A new kid on the recruiting block for the Knights is also a junior: defensive lineman Darius Sterling. He picked up a Division I offer from Kent State in Ohio.

“He is a big and fast lineman,” Thomas Dale coach Kevin Tucker said. “He loves being physical. He has a high motor and will not give up.”

Sterling has been perhaps an unsung hero of the Thomas Dale defense, and if not, he certainly was one of the most productive members. He amassed 102 tackles and sacked the quarterback a dozen times last year.

For Sterling, the offers should keep coming in, and perhaps he will ascend to the level of recruiting of Carter or even Tyree.