Kyler Ellerton is a 6’0″, 185 pound, class of 2024 defensive back for the Gallatin High School Raptors in Bozeman, Montana. Kyler primarily covers the slot receiver and lines up in the box. He can and has come off the edge and recorded sacks, and displays the ability to drop back in coverage and play both man and zone. He mentioned that he looks up to Troy Polamalu and Derwin James as players, and watching his highlights, it’s obvious that Kyler plays the game the same way as a hard-hitter first but also excellent in coverage. He has a number of impressive PBUs in his tape that show his ability to run and keep up with receivers. So far through two games in 2023, Kyler has recorded 12 solo tackles and 16 total, alongside 4 PBUs and an interception. He’s been a key piece to his team’s 2-0 start, and his goal this season is to win a state championship, as it should be. Kyler currently holds an offer from the University of Jamestown in North Dakota, and has visited the University of Montana, University of Montana-Western, Montana Tech, and Rocky Mountain College, with the hopes that offers are on the way. Off the field, Kyler has maintained a respectable 3.4 GPA going into his Senior year.
I had the chance to interview Kyler recently:
Why and at what age did you start playing football?
“I started playing football when I was about 5 or 6, and I started because I loved watching it.”
Have you always played your current position, or did you play a different position growing up?
“When I was really little, I played wide receiver and corner, then in middle school I played quarterback, and in high school I now just play safety.”
What sets you apart from everyone else on the field?
“My physicality sets me apart on the field; as well, as my football IQ is really good.”
What is your favorite accomplishment so far in your football career?
“My favorite accomplishment in my football career is going to the semi-finals as a 3rd-year high school and looking to get to that state championship and win this year.”
What is your favorite memory of playing football so far?
“My favorite memory playing football is my first ever varsity interception.”
How do you balance athletics and academics?
” I balance academics and athletics by staying on top of homework and studying but also being focused on my sport: three film study and extra work.”
How do you stay physically fit outside of football?
“I’m a multi-sport athlete which helps me stay in shape, and I also do speed training and lift weights every morning.”
What are you hoping to achieve this season?
“This season my only goal is winning a state championship with my brothers and be the most feared team in the state, if we do that my stats will take care of themselves.”
What is your end goal for your football career?
“The end goal of my football career is to hopefully play college ball and open me up to some coaching opportunities.”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned playing football?
“The most important lesson I’ve learned in football is discipline, because you have so many people counting on you and you have to produce.”
How do you prepare for big games?
“I prepare for big games doing the same game day rituals but obviously I am a little more locked in.”
Lastly, who is the biggest role model in your life?
“The biggest role model in my life is my mom; she has raised me and my sister as a single mother and gives us every opportunity we could possibly have.”