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Forest Hills wideout Keeshawn Tyson isn’t always the first player that comes to mind when people think of the stars of Union County, but he’s one that warrants a second look.
With several teams in the western part of the county sporting high-powered offenses, fans are drawn to the football there. However, Forest Hills and some of the other teams in the east have talent at the skill positions. And Tyson may be the best of them all.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound wideout excels at using his body. Against Sun Valley, Tyson had two circus catches along the sideline, shielding the smaller defenders on jump balls. But Tyson isn’t just a one-trick pony.
“I’ve been working on bettering my routes,” Tyson said. “I’m improving my strength and getting more yards after the catch. I’m working to get out of my routes faster.”
Despite playing in the face of constant double-teams, Tyson is averaging 14 yards a catch on 16 receptions. Though Forest Hills is 1-4, Tyson remains optimistic.
“I know we’re a lot better than how we’ve been playing lately,” Tyson said. “I want to win the conference and make a run in the playoffs. I want to play as many games as I can my senior year.”
As is customary, Forest Hills’ schedule will get easier in region play as they’ve played the fifth-toughest schedule among 2A teams in the state, according to Max Preps’ strength of schedule metrics.
As far as personal goals for the season, Tyson has several.
“I want to make All-Conference and All-County, finishing in the top 5 in touchdowns and yards,” Tyson said. “Then I want to go to one of my top colleges, play football and finish college.”
Though Tyson has yet to receive a formal offer, he’s being courted by several schools.
“Elon, East Carolina, Wingate, Coastal Carolina, Catawba, Ohio University, Campbell and Winston Salem State have been talking to me,” Tyson said. “Winston Salem State, Ohio, Elon and Catawba have invited me to games.”
Tyson has the upside to contribute to a Division II or even low Division I school sooner rather than later. A strong showing in the latter part of the season should boost his stock.
Tyson is worth the drive out to Marshville even for the casual football fan. Odds are, you’ll see a leaping catch or perfect block. As Forest Hills enters region play, expect Tyson to make headlines.