Van Dyke continues building relationship with Washington at the Opening

Van Dyke continues building relationship with Washington at the Opening

Stefan Adams
2020 Suffield Academy (CT) 4-star QB Tyler Van Dyke has been committed to Miami since April, and got the chance to represent the Hurricanes at the Elite 11 and the Opening Finals two weeks back.

“Day one (of the Opening), I would agree that was my best,” Van Dyke said. “Towards 1-on-1’s I had to wait around a lot, but I probably threw my best in the 1-on-1’s.”

The second day of the event began 7-on-7 play, and Van Dyke evaluated his performance in the tournament, in which he only got to play one game due to an abundance of QB’s on his team.

“I feel like I did alright, I felt like I was making good reads,” Van Dyke said. “There was a couple dropped balls but that was fine. Other than that, I think I did well. Last play, I was just trying to get it up there and it got picked. I think I threw well overall.”

Part of Van Dyke’s goals at the Opening was to get to know some of his classmates better. RB Don Chaney played with Van Dyke on the same 7-on-7 team, while WR Michael Redding was in attendance as well.

“It’s been good to connect with the guys and just meet everyone around the country,” Van Dyke said. “Michael was telling me I need to be throwing dimes, just joking around and stuff. I was talking to Don too, he made an amazing play, caught the ball in the flat and made two people miss.”

The Canes added Redding to the class just before the event started at the check-in’s, as he called the coaching staff and gave UM his pledge. What are Van Dyke’s thoughts on Redding after watching him compete at the Opening?

“He’s really good,” Van Dyke said. “We needed another receiver, he brings everything to the table – speed, hands, can go up and get the ball. So, that was a really good pickup for us.”

Of course, one of the biggest Miami targets at the event was 5-star TE Darnell Washington. Van Dyke and Washington were paired up on the same 7-on-7 team at Paradise Camp, and while the two were separated at the Opening, they still got a chance to chop it up in between events.

“I was just trying to get a good connection with him and get Darnell to come to the U,” Van Dyke said. “I’m going to keep talking to him and telling him why Miami is the best place to be. Just going to keep talking to him and get him here.”

While Washington’s recruitment still feels wide open, Van Dyke’s is the complete opposite: he’s shut down contact with other schools and is focused on enrolling at Miami early for spring ball next season.

“No, I’m not taking any more visits, I shut things down,” Van Dyke said. “I’m 100% committed.”


Comments (14)

He throws like Terry Bradshaw snaps the wrist on throws when needs to, then can add a catch-able touch receivers love.

We got the right one baby :)

Feels so good to have a great QB locked up early. Coach Enos is finally turning the quarterback room into a weapon and not a liability.
Even better...let’s say Miami goes undefeated in the regular season and Enos gets offered a HC job....he’ll probably leave after the Early Signing period. So likely no issues of a Van Dyke decommitment if Enos were to leave, since he’s signing early.