Portsmouth LB/DE Getting Big School Attention

LB/DE Tyler Clifford

Tyler Clifford of Portsmouth (Oh.) already has the attention of many of the MAC schools, and now the power programs are coming in as well.

Portsmouth LB/DE Tyler Clifford already has the attention of the MAC schools, and the bigger schools are starting to take notice as well. 

"This past weekend, we went to Kent, Akron and Ohio U. Kent and Akron have already offered," said father and head coach Curt Clifford. "We visited Marshall, and we'll likely go to their camp for one day.

"Cincinnati is showing a lot of interest. Coach Dantonio spoke with him personally at junior day."

Toledo has also offered Clifford, who can play either LB or DE with his size.

"He's 215 right now, about 6-4 1/2, probably closer to 6-5," Coach Clifford said.

Tyler also recently attended junior day at Michigan.

"They like him as an outside linebacker since they're going to the 3-4," said the coach. "He could be a nice fit there.

"They (Michigan) will be in on Thursday. We will be up to Ohio State on Saturday. They invited him up for the spring game."

Tyler may wind up camping at both those schools.

"We're looking to go to Michigan camp since they are paying the most attention, and we may go to Ohio State camp," he said. "It just depends on how things go on Saturday."

Other major programs are starting to take a look as well.

"Penn State has been coming in lately, and BC likes him as an H-back," Coach Clifford said. "Most schools like him as a linebacker or defensive end."

Coach Clifford does not expect Tyler to make an early commitment.

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