The resurgence of the Manchester Greyhounds football program continued last week as one of their own will be making the jump to the college gridiron this fall. Tyler Brummett, who played tight end and linebacker for the Hounds, will be moving on to continue his career as a member of the Division III Wilmington Quakers.
After much contemplation, Brummett made it official last Thursday morning in a signing ceremony held in the Manchester High School gymnasium and attended by family and the Greyhound Football coaching staff.
“My main decision wasn’t necessarily the football program, but the academics of the school,” said Brummett after the ceremony. “Their Athletic Training program has had 100% passing rate for the last couple of years.”
“I’m still going to be considered a tight end but I’m going to be off the line more as a slot receiver, going out for passes instead of doing so much blocking.”
Wilmington head coach Stacey Hairston was out of town and could not be reached for comment but Quaker offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Andrew Fries had this to say about Brummett.
“Tyler was a student-athlete that we wanted to recruit because he shows a passion for the game of football that we want in our players,” said Fries. “More importantly, he prepared himself academically to come to a school like Wilmington so he could succeed in his chosen field.”
“We are excited about getting Tyler in a Quaker uniform this fall and seeing how he can contribute. He will get to join some of the best players in Division III football playing in the Ohio Athletic Conference.”
When the 2014 Greyhounds take the field, there will certainly be a big hole to fill, not only in Brummett’s football ability but in the leadership that he brought to the younger members of the squad. Manchester head coach Jason Mantell knows that he has some big shoes to fill.
“Tyler was our leading receiver last year from the tight end spot (four touchdowns) which is pretty impressive in our offense,” said Coach Mantell. “We asked Tyler to play three different spots on offense and also linebacker on defense. We have to find other people to step up and fill Tyler’s role. He was a captain as a senior and first team all-league and just a very important piece to our team.”
“All throughout the year, Tyler was just a kid who understood football and did great job keeping our younger kids motivated in the summer and in the regular season. He understood the game as well as anyone we had.”
Mark Carpenter can be reached at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.