Frank Solich and his Bobcats are off to a quick start on the recruiting trail for the class of 2016. Their first commitment is from wide receiver Tyler Tupa.
Tyler is the youngest in his family as his older brothers all have received scholarships to play collegiate football. Their father, Tom, played football both quarterback and punter at Ohio State so football is definitely something that runs in the Tupa family.
Tupa announced his decision on his Instagram earlier in the week. He ultimately chose the Bobcats over offers from Kent State and Bowling Green. He also was receiving a lot of interest from P5 schools such as Maryland, Purdue, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and Illinois. At 6-foot-1 195 pounds, Tupa has the ability to develop into a reliable safety for the Bobcats. Tupa is considered unranked on a majority of the main recruiting services, however Scout.com rates him as a 3-star recruit as well as a top 90 S in the 2016 class(top 10 in the Midwest).
Shortly after his commitment, Hustle Belt caught up with Tupa to find out why he chose the Bobcats.
"I loved the campus and coaching staff. I also felt like I fit in there when I went on my visit!"
Tupa had 81 catches for 1253 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. He played both wide receiver and safety for Brecksville Broadview Heights, however Tupa tells us that the Bobcats are recruiting him as a safety.
Although Tupa is currently only ranked by Scout.com, don't be surprised to see Tupa's name burst onto the scene over the summer. Overall, Tupa and Cameron Odom form an extremely talented nucleus for Ohio's 2016 recruiting class.
Want to see what Tupa will bring to the Bobcats? Check out his highlights courtesy of Hudl: