After two seasons with the Butler Community College football team, Tyler Uselton had a decision in front of him.
Uselton has signed on to play for Memphis, a major four-year institution that is part of the American Athletic Conference.
The Great Bend High School product said he’s glad to have the decision made.
“It’s a big relief,” Uselton said. “It feels good to know where I’m going.”
The 6-foot-2, 315-pound offensive lineman said he had three schools that were recruiting him — Middle Tennessee State, Troy and Memphis.
Ultimately, there were several things that drew Uselton to the Tigers, who were 3-9 last season.
“They graduated most of the inside guys,” Uselton said. “They have some younger guys with them who don’t have much experience, so hopefully, I can get in there and earn some playing time.
“I was really impressed with their facilities. There is a lot of money getting dumped into the program right now, and they’re a BCS team, which I thought would be real fun.”
Uselton credits his coaches at Butler for helping him get to the next level.
“Butler is the best junior college in the country,” Uselton said. “The coaches here are unbelievable. They’ve helped me understand the game even better. They’ve made me a better person on and off the field.”
Uselton said he plays right guard, but would be open to any position he’s needed at.
“I’ll play left guard, center, right guard, where ever I have to to play,” Uselton said. “I’ve played right guard with Butler, so that’s where I’m most comfortable.”
At his current height and weight, Uselton said he’s ready for his next challenge.
“It’s probably the best playing weight I’ve been at my whole career,” Uselton said. “You have to be in shape if you’re playing for Butler.
“I’m heading up (to Memphis) on Jan. 16 to play spring ball with them.”