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|Glynn to walk on at LSU|
Monday was not a day off for Tyler Glynn.
Then again, when you play football and run track at West Monroe High School, there are very few days off.
Glynn spent Monday morning in the West Monroe weight room.
"I'm working hard, trying to gain some weight and just trying to improve myself," Glynn said. "There are not a lot of days to rest."
Then again, when you plan to walk on to the LSU football team, you can't spend a lot of time sitting around.
Despite scholarship offers from the University of Connecticut, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe, Glynn is following a lifelong dream of playing football at LSU.
"I've been wanting to go to LSU for a long time," Glynn said. "I think just being able to train with the best, being coached by the best and the opportunity to play will be very beneficial. I'm living my dream. This is something I've always wanted to do."
The 5-foot-11, 172-pound Glynn is one of five preferred walk-ons each college is allowed to invite to be part of the team.
A preferred walk-on does not have to try out for the team, but has to pay for school.
"I've got TOPS and a pell grant, so that will help a lot," Glynn said.
The West Monroe senior is the son of Paul and Michelle Glynn.
Paul, a native of Jonesville, is a 1984 graduate of Huntington School and has coached basketball at Huntington and Monterey High School.
Glynn coached at Monterey High from 1992 to 1999 and at Huntington in 1988-1989; 1990-1991; and 2000-2001.
Paul is teaching Physical Science and is an assistant coach with the West Monroe High football and basketball teams.
West Monroe head football coach Don Shows said Glynn is a hard worker.
"Tyler certainly has enough speed that down the road if he can develop and mature he can get some playing time on the field," Shows said.
Tyler Glynn is also hoping to room at LSU with his best friend, West Monroe linebacker Barkevious Mingo, a blue-chipper who has LSU among his final choices.
"We hang out every day," Glynn said. "Coach (Les) Miles told us we could room together if Barkevious decides to come there. It should be a fun four or five years if Barkevious decides on LSU."
Glynn expects to be red-shirted his first year.
"That will give me a chance to learn the system and the defense, get in the weight room and get associated with the program without burning a year of eligibility. After a redshirt-year I have no doubt I can get some time on special teams, maybe as a gunner on the punt team."
Glynn started at cornerback for the Rebels and was also the gunner on the punt team, lining up outside and usually being the first one on punt coverage.
West Monroe went undefeated during the regular season and advanced to the Class 5A state championship where the Rebels fell to Destrehan, 14-3.
"That was heartbreaking," Glynn said. "There were a few calls here and there, but when I look back at this 15 years from not I'll be happy to say I got to play in a state championship game. Not a lot of people can say that."
Glynn has one more chance for a state championship ring as he runs and long jumps for the West Monroe track team. "We lost out by 14 points last year and we pretty much have everybody returning," he said.
Glynn finished sixth in the Class 5A 100-meter dash with a time of 10.99 and was part of the 400-relay team which won state. Glynn's fastest time in the 100 is 10.54.
Glynn said he talked with Miles about also running track at LSU.
"I have not decided for sure," he said. "I might just stick with football. But if I do run track it will probably just be on relays."
Glynn transferred to West Monroe from Murray High School in Kentucky when his father accepted the head coaching job of the boys team.
"I think it helped a lot playing at West Monroe," he said. "The coaches have really been helpful and Coach (Casey) Sanders has the best high school strength program in the country. I couldn't ask for anything more."
Except maybe playing ball at LSU.
"I'm really excited and It's something I've been wanting to do for a long time," Glynn said. "I'm not the biggest guy. I just want an opportunity. To go in and guard Brandon LaFell and those guys every day will just make me batter. And to learn from people like Jai Eugene and Chad Jones will also help. I'm confident I am going to get better.
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