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Tyler Tezeno Pledges with the Mountaineers for 2013


Commitment No. 6 came calling Thursday morning for the West Virginia football team in the form of a big offensive lineman.

Klein Collins (Texas) product Tyler Tezeno made the decision to side with the Mountaineers for the 2013 signing class.

"I was on the phone with [WVU offensive coordinator] Shannon Dawson and he just talked to my family and we've been talking for a few days now and it just feels like the right fit with all the components put together," says Tezeno. "I'm excited to be a Mountaineer."

The Mountaineers will be excited to have the lineman, too, especially considering some of the other programs they were up against to gain his commitment. With a recent offer from LSU to go along with about 10 others, comfort with the staff ultimately led to Tezeno choosing West Virginia.

"Most people tell me, ‘Oh, you had LSU, why didn't you go there?'" Tezeno admits. "I went to their camp and I just didn't get a good vibe from them. The coaches weren't genuine like the West Virginia coaches were, the campus was not what I expected and the persistence of the West Virginia coaches and how good of people I think they are – that was a big deal. Also the fact that they're in the Big 12 now and they'll be playing down here in Texas quite a bit is important for my family."

Playing in the Houston area, Tezeno is quite familiar with what it is the Mountaineers will need to do in order to compete with the other teams in their new conference. Based on what he knows of the program and its recent success, he feels his future team is up to the challenge.

"I think they'll do great," says Tezeno. "They're a great team, big time football and if I have anything to do with it, I want to get a lot of wins in my career there."

Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is hopeful of that very same thing. In his conversations with Tezeno, Bedenbaugh made it clear that he believes the 6-foot-3, 280-pound lineman will be an impact performer at the collegiate level.

"He said I'm a great fit. Just my athleticism and stuff, I'd be a great fit," says Tezeno. "He also said he thinks I'm a little more mature in my football, so I'd probably have a chance to get in early and make a difference."

The Tezeno family is working with the WVU staff to determine the right time this summer to visit campus, something Tyler is looking forward to now that he has made his decision. It will be his first trip to Morgantown, but he says he is no stranger to the football history in West Virginia.

"Me and my dad and my brother are watching college football all the time and West Virginia is always one of those big names out there that you know about," says Tezeno. "From day one when they offered me and I told my dad about it, he was like, ‘Man, that's some big-time football.' That stayed on my mind for the rest of the whole process. Now that it's getting toward the end, I know that I made the right choice."

As the summer begins, Tezeno now knows what his future holds, but first thing's first. He still has a senior year of football at Klein Collins to complete and now he has no other distractions to keep him from helping his team reach its goals.

"Everybody's dreaming to go to state and I'd like to lead my team and get us together," he says. "We have some good players on the team and we have a good chance of making it far. I just hope we come together and everything works out so we come out with a state ring."

Tezeno says he is playing tackle in his senior season due to needs on the line, but will be a center or guard at West Virginia.

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