Diamond in the Rough: Tyrin Wise

Tyrin Wise is a class of 2023 edge rusher out of Sarah T. Reed High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Standing at 6’3″ and weighing 240 pounds with a 3.0 GPA, the senior can run a 4.7 40, bench 315 pounds, and squat 385 pounds. Wise is a hard worker, and seems destined to go far due to his great abilities. Earlier this week, I had the great opportunity to speak with Wise.

Q: Why do you play the game?
“I grew up around football. My big brother was the first person I saw playing football, and my dad used to play football in New Orleans… I’m just passionate about it.”

Q: Where do you see football going in your life?
“Real far. That’s my career. That’s the only thing. I want it to be my career.”

Q: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned playing football?
“How to be a leader, and how to talk to people. [You’ve got to] respect everybody, really. [I’ve learned that through] my coaches, at practice, and just being around my teammates.”

Q: What does football mean to you?
“It’s my life. I just love the game of football. I love it.”

Q: What challenges have you overcome so far?
“My last year was my varsity year. I’ve been playing JV since I started after school, and my last year was my only varsity year… because the school didn’t have it.”

Q: What motivates you to keep playing, despite being on the JV team for three out of your four high school years?
“My passion for football, and my mama.”

Q: How do you balance sports with your other responsibilities?
“It’s easy. School is first. Some days, I’ll do a workout before I go to school. I’ll workout, then go to school, then workouts, then schoolwork, my responsibilities at my house, and then sleep. It’s a daily routine. That’s it.”

Q: Do you have a favorite football memory?
“Playing varsity football. Being able to play varsity football… I’m passionate about it, just playing big-ball football in high school.”

Q: How do you stay trained and in football-shape during the offseason?
“I workout with my defensive line coach every day. I take two days out of it, Saturday and Sunday. Those aren’t my work days. But I work every day.”

Q: How are you looking to improve your game?
“By working harder. Paying attention to the smaller details, watching film, and listening to my coaches. ”

Q: On the other side, what is the strongest aspect of your game?
“Being able to read plays, knowing what’s going to happen before it happens, and getting to the ball. That’s it. I trust my technique.”

Q: What are some goals you’ve set for yourself?
“Graduating high school and going to college [are #1 for me]. Being a good teammate [is also high up there].”

Q: Do you try to model your game after any players, pro or collegiate?
“Ray Lewis. The way he played the game… the way he got to the ball, the way he hit people… I’m a big guy just like him. And the way he motivated his team to play.”

Q: Do you consider football to be more physically challenging, mentally challenging, or a bit of both?
“A little bit of both, physical and mental. Working out, that is a physical thing. And just getting up in the morning to work out, that’s the mental part.”

Q: What is something you want your coaches to know about you, past, present, or future?
“I’m a good person. I’m a good football player, and I’m a person who is going to get a task done. If you tell me to do something, I’m going to do it. There won’t be any back talk to the coaches.”

You can view his highlights here.

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