By LARRY VAUGHT
Vito Tisdale’s explosiveness is what immediately stands out to high level coaches when they see him play and why he has college scholarship offers from some of the nation’s best programs.
“His explosiveness just jumps out at you,” said Bowling Green coach Mark Spader. “He’s primarily being recruited as a strong safety and that’s where I would envision him playing in college. Tennessee might want him to run the ball but on defense he covers so much ground and arrives very violently.”
Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU, Texas A&M, Ohio State and Louisville are some of the scholarship offers that the 6-2, 185-pound Tisdale has. He’s ranked as the sixth best safety nationally in the 2020 recruiting class by 247Sports and fourth by Rivals.com.
He rushed for 849 yards and scored 13 touchdowns last year because Spader felt his team needed Tisdale on offense. Bowling Green finished 9-3.
“An ankle injury screwed him up the last third of the season,” Spader said.
Tisdale will move to safety for his senior season with the coach’s son, a two-year starter at strong safety, moving over to offense.
“I am excited to get Vito back over on defense, but he will get to do a lot of different things. He will touch the ball on punt return, kick return. We will still have some packages (on offense) for him because he’s too good not to use,” Spader said. “We want to make sure he always has a taste of the ball.”