Some players milk the limelight for all long as they can, making their decision at the last possible moment, while some have trouble deciding what school feels right. Others find what they believe is the right fit and commit with plenty of time to prepare. Tyler Provo is among the latter.
Provo, a recruit out of Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage, made his verbal commitment to Syracuse with an entire season plus before he will enter into the Carrier Dome as a player for the Orange for the first time.
So, how does Provo feel about already making his decision on what team he will be playing for?
"It's a lot of stress off me," stated Provo. "(It) places focus on school and working out, getting better, preparing for the next level. A lot of weight off my shoulders."
As far as those players that take more time off the clock before committing, Provo said, "I'm not against it, but I'm not for it. If I found a place where I really wanted to go to school, I'm going to take their offer. Most schools wanted me to play fullback, but I really wanted to play tight end and Syracuse wanted me to play tight end, so I took that offer."
"I went to the camp a couple years ago. I think it was last summer or the summer before that," Provo continued. "He (Head Coach Doug Marrone) sat me down. We talked. He wants to use me a lot. Sat down in front of (Offensive Coordinator) Coach (Nathaniel) Hackett, said he wanted to use me as tight end and they just want to use me all over."
Provo spoke further about Hackett, saying, "He's a real energetic guy. He loves throwing to the tight end. He finds plays for you. He's a good coach."
With Provo set to line at that tight end position and make plays in Hackett's offense, he talked about where his strengths currently lie.
"Probably catching the ball and route running," stated Provo, who added what areas of his game he would like to improve on. "I want to get a little bit faster…I'm a pretty good blocker, but I want to be more of a dominant blocker."
Not having to spend time thinking of where he will be going, the three-star talent now can utilize the clock to work on those areas.
"I've been working out a lot," said Provo. " I work out at my school. I run at my school. I catch lots of footballs at my school. And then I go work out extra with my brother (Nick Provo)."
Along with working out with his brother, who just finished up his collegiate career with the Orange football team, Tyler Provo has also spent time educating himself on Syracuse.
"My brother's been telling me about the offense a lot," remarked Provo. "I know it's a West Coast kind of offense, so he's been telling me some plays, formations."
An integral piece of the offense, directly affecting the future of Provo, will be vacated at the end of this season. The starting quarterback position will no longer be filled by Ryan Nassib, leaving the head of the offense open to qualified suitors. When asked if he would like having a freshman start at quarterback, like 2013 verbal commits Austin Wilson or Zach Allen so that he could grow with them from the start, Provo replied, "Yeah, definitely. We get that chemistry."
No matter who starts at quarterback in the 2013 season, Provo gave his thoughts on what type of quarterback he would rather have between a double threat passer/runner or a pocket passer. "More of a pocket that can stand there and throw the ball."
Like the quarterback position, the Orange football program as a whole will be entering into a time of transition when Provo joins them in 2013. With the upcoming season serving as the final leg of Big East competition for Syracuse, Provo will be part of history when he ushers in a new football era with Syracuse when the school officially joins the ACC for the 2013 football season. The tight end gave his thoughts on Syracuse's conference move, saying, "I was more excited, better competition in the ACC. More teams like Clemson, Wake Forest. I think those are some of the better teams than Louisville and Rutgers."
With the unique atmosphere in college football amidst the sanctions placed on Penn State University by the NCAA, Provo shared his thoughts on whether players should stay or leave, once they have committed to a school.
"Once you're in, you're pretty much in," said Provo. "I wouldn't leave unless something wasn't going my way; I wasn't playing or something like that."
Tyler Provo committed to Syracuse over several other schools not only because of his familiarity with the program - but because of his potential role with the Orange compared to any other school. But since he committed, Provo has shut things down and focused on the short-term.