December 26, 2013

Conklin gives up hoops to play D1 football

After a brief stint playing college basketball, multi-talented Macomb (Mich.) L'Anse Creuse North graduate Tyler Conklin has made the choice to switch to college football.

After a senior season in which he made 48 catches for 640 yards and 12 touchdowns, Conklin saw his football recruitment begin to pick up. However, he had already signed with Northwood for basketball and elected to attend there.

After a semester however, Conklin decided that he wanted to play football in college and quickly found a home with Central Michigan where he will join the Chippewas as a preferred walk-on.

"Football was always my first love but my first few years of high school, we weren't very good," Conklin said. "I had a great senior year though and fell back in love with it. After not having it in my life for a year, I realized how much I missed it."

Conklin is planning on majoring in Sport Management at CMU and the quality of that program as well as a few other factors led to him becoming a Chippewa.

"I like the coaching staff a lot. I think I will have a good opportunity to play. I like the campus and they have exactly what I want to major in," Conklin said when asked about why he chose CMU.

"CMU recruited me while I was in high school," he continued. "Coach (Mike) Cummings was my main recruiter. When I decided I wanted to make the switch, I called him right away to see what I could do and my high school coach, Anthony Kiner, helped me a lot through the process."

A gifted athlete, Conklin has the ability to either bulk up to the tight end position or he could choose to stay at wide receiver where his 6-foot-4 height and huge vertical leap make him a tough match-up.

"The coaches haven't said whether they want me at tight end or wide receiver yet," Conklin said. "I'm down to play whatever position helps the team the most."

Conklin has realistic expectations when it comes to the college football experience.

"I expect it to be tough and I know I will have to work extremely hard to earn a spot," Conklin said. "But it's also very exciting."

To get ready for the transition to college football, Conklin has been putting in work with his trainer, Justin Brantley, out of B-Fit Detroit.

"I've been working out a lot with Justin Brantley at B-Fit and I think he has prepared me extremely well," Conklin said. "He has me focused on speed and agility as well as my strength so I can play whatever position CMU asks of me."

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