East Lincoln senior Tyler Brock has elected to continue his athletic and academic career at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte on academic scholarships in both football and basketball.
Brock, a 6-foot-5, 192. lb. wide receiver on the Mustangs’ 2A state championship football team and a constant threat for the Mustangs in basketball who plans on majoring in business management, finished his senior football season with 877 yards on 48 catches with a team-high 14 touchdowns.
He caught two passes in the Mustangs’ 24-20 state championship win over Tarboro, the first in East Lincoln history, but he made them count. His second catch was a game-winner from 13 yards out in the fourth quarter.
Brock was recruited by several Division II schools but ultimately chose The Golden Bulls for their location, proximity to home and fit for his playing style.
“It was difficult because I had a few schools recruiting me,” Brock said. “I wanted to be close where people could come see me play.”
The university’s football team runs a spread offense — similar to that of East Lincoln’s.
“The coach said that I could probably have a chance to start my freshman year,” he said. “I’ll be the tallest receiver ever at the school.”
Brock also liked the school’s location in Charlotte — giving him plenty of opportunities to get noticed.
“Johnson C. Smith is in a big city, it has a lot of media around it,” he said. “If I ever blow up, become a household name, the Panthers and Bobcats are right there so there’s a lot of media and I can get my name out.”
Brock said he’ll spend the summer training for both speed and strength.
“It’s not so much about getting bigger than it is about getting stronger,” he said.
Brock said he hopes future East Lincoln football teams remember the camaraderie that helped the team get to an undefeated season and a state title.
“How we won a state championship was by being a family,” he said. “We came together. We just played football and had fun. We didn’t get mad if someone had four touchdowns one game, we just wanted to play football.”