By LARRY VAUGHT
Bowling Green High School coach Mark Spader expects talented safety Vito Tisdale to make his college choice before the season begins with significant impact from his father, a former triple option fullback at Bowling Green.
“I think they have an idea now about their top schools,” Spader said. “I think Vito likes part of recruiting. He understands how important this decision will be for him. He’s made a number of visits and seemed pleased but he’s holding his cards close to him. He’s not released any kind of list of top schools yet. I think his big fear is that he does not want to mess this up.”
Spader said Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow have done an “outstanding” job recruiting his star but so have several other schools.
“Alabama is right in there with UK just as hot and heavy,” Spader said. “Texas A&M has been in here a lot and talks to him a lot. Coach (Lincoln) Riley from Oklahoma and him have developed an odd relationship. He went to a 7 on 7 event there with a team out of Tennessee and they hit it off. A number of others schools are hot on him, too. Louisville with its new staff has tried to jump in late and has shown they really want him. Western Kentucky would love to have him and understands the magnitude of the offers he has but has made it clear they would love to have him.”
Spader said Tisdale gets a lot of mail and contact from coaches as he’s trying to set a summer schedule. He’s already visited Alabama and Kentucky. The coach thinks if Texas A&M is “heavy on his list” that he should visit there.
“He needs to meet potential teammates and see his comfort level with them. I have impressed that on him,” Spader said.
The Bowling Green coach admits he doesn’t follow social media closely but knows some recent Kentucky commits have reached out to Tisdale.
“Some of the guys that have committed there he has a comfort level with and is happy they made their decisions,” Spader said. “He doesn’t say a lot. He loves playing but he does not like to be the center of attention and doesn’t relish doing interviews.”
Tisdale had an “outstanding” academic year as a junior to make sure he was ready academically for college.
“He did not have a great year academically as a freshman but he has battled back,” Spader said. “He will be a qualifier (academically). He has confidence academically now in what he can do.”