Tight end Will Tye was raised in Connecticut but grew up being a fan of Florida State football. Deion Sanders was his idol, and Tye wanted to play football at the same university. After two seasons of limited playing time with the Seminoles, Tye looked elsewhere. Now, his favorite school is Stony Brook.
Tye, 6-2, 260 pounds, enrolled at Stony Brook last week and on Wednesday was officially announced as part of the team's recruits on national signing day.
"Up and coming" is the reason Tye gave for transferring to Stony Brook, where he will have two years of eligibility. "All the I-AA schools called," he said, but after a big recommendation from his high school coach at Salisbury and others who had played for Stony Brook, Tye made a quick decision.
"Will's the top recruit in our class," Seawolves coach Chuck Priore said. "He should make an immediate impact in our run and pass game with his ability to block and stretch the field."
Tye said he wants to be "that everything guy. Be able to block, be open on passes."