Relationships and the right fit are two pillars a lot of athletes lean on during the recruiting process. Tyre Golmond has found a handful of schools that blend those elements nicely, but he isn’t slamming a big door just down the road just yet.
The Denham Springs High senior running back unveiled a list of four finalists last week, with practice for his final high school campaign a few weeks away.
Those four schools are Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Mississippi, Memphis and Arizona State, though the connection to the Sun Devils has waned a bit after former offensive coordinator Mike Norvell moved on to Memphis as the head coach.
Missing from that list – for now – is LSU. The Tigers’ coaches have been involved, their interest spurred when Golmond was clocked at 4.37 in the 40 at an LSU camp.
Golmond, who was voted the 2017 All-Livingston Parish Co-Offensive Player of the Year, says the Tigers aren’t totally out of the picture.
“There was a time when I talked to them every day,” Golmond said. “Their coaches told me to be patient and I have been. But I was so focused on LSU that I couldn’t enjoy the recruitment process, so I had to take a step back and look at other schools. I’m not leaving them out at all. I just have to do what’s best for me and figure out what situation best fits me.”
Which is how and why the Ragin’ Cajuns, Golden Eagles and the other Tigers have settled into a comfort zone for Golmond. He cited the connection to the coaches at each school, especially USM offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson and Norvell, whose offenses have both drawn attention as college football offenses continue to evolve.
That smaller-conference Division I schools are strongest in the pursuit of Golmond isn’t a surprise. His 5-foot-7, 168-pound frame is likely a deterrent to some of the big schools who often recruit a prototype: Backs are often expected to be in the 6-foot-1 or 6-2 range and 200-225 pounds. While Golmond doesn’t fit into that box, his smaller stature certainly hasn’t slowed him down at all since he stepped on the football field for DSHS three years ago.
A starter since he was a freshman, Golmond is nearing 4,000 total yards in his career and is less than 400 yards short of the DSHS rushing record as the 2017 campaign nears. He has shown the ability to score any time he touches the ball, as evidenced in a loss to Live Oak last year when Golmond burned the Eagles for a 98-yard running score and then added a 97-yard kickoff return – both school records.
“He’s got the things you need in a great back,” former Denham coach Dru Nettles said prior to last season. “He’s got great vision and that burst of speed where he can score any time he’s on the field.”
Added Scout.com recruiting analyst Billy Embody, "He's one of the fastest players in the state, so you can start there. With (new Denham Springs High coach) Bill Conides' offense, he's going to be put in plenty of positions to succeed next season by being given the ball in multiple ways. While his size limits his college ceiling, his speed will make him an FBS prospect in a spread offense looking for a playmaker. He'll be one of the top playmakers in the state this season."
Golmond is also ready and willing to diversify if needed, wherever he winds up.
It’s hard not to think of comparisons to former LSU scatback Trindon Holliday, a 5-foot-5 world-class sprinter in track who often lined up a slot receiver and parlayed home-run skills as a special-teams return man into a five-year NFL career.
While Golmond’s prep career has been built on his skills as a running back, he knows that getting on the field at the next level will likely require him to show he can help a team in a variety of ways.
“I’m prepared that wherever I go might not just play running back and that actually fires me up,” Golmond said. “I’ll be ready to help in any way I can.”
First things, first, Golmond’s final season at DSHS is in the immediate foreground and that represents a chance to hone his skills even more.
Nettles was fired following the season and the offensive guru Conides was hired to replace him. During a successful stint at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Miss., Conides’ offenses were built around strong-armed quarterback Myles Brennan, now a freshman at LSU.
Since taking the Denham job, Conides has made it clear that he won’t hesitate to make Golmond the centerpiece of how the Jackets attack this fall. There are roughly a baker’s dozen of places where Golmond could line up on most of Conides’ offensive formations, which fits well with the new Jackets’ coach’s plan to make defenses have to search for speedy No. 4 on the field.
“I love Coach Nettles and how our offense ran when he was here, but I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do in Coach Conides’ offense,” Golmond said. “It’s a whole different offense, but he has a lot of plays where I have a chance to make a big impact, so I really like it.”
Golmond’s plan is to take his five official visits in the fall before making a final decision and he intends to make the process a family affair.
His father U’Drego Golmond missed that chance after a sterling career at Walker when off-the-field problems derailed a potential college career before it ever started.
So Tyre wants mom Danisha, a Denham native, and his dad to share the decision with him.
“I’m going to take my visits during season or near the end and when I commit, I want to be done with it,” Tyre Golmond said. “I want to sit down and make sure my parents are involved and go with me so they can experience what I do. At the end of day, I now it’s my choice, but I want them to see where I’m going and why so they’re comfortable with it.”
Randy Rosetta is Sports Editor of The Livingston Parish News.
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