February 20, 2007

Getting to know signee Tyler Ahles

Brian Cabral has coached a long list of players to the next level during his 18 years as the linebackers coach at Colorado. So when he puts the stamp of approval on a prospect, it garners a lot of respect in Boulder.

Tyler Ahles earned a scholarship offer from the Buffaloes after showing well at their three-day summer camp last June. Just hours after picking up the offer from CU, Ahles was a member of the Buffs' commitment list.

"He came to camp and made a big impression on all of us," Coach Cabral said on signing day. "I look to see great things from Tyler."

Also a standout on offense at tight end, Ahles recorded 178 tackles as a junior and senior at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder took some time out to answer a variety of questions as part of our series of signee Q&A's.

I know I have asked you this before, but what was it that really made Colorado stand out in your recruiting process?
Tyler Ahles: "I took my first unofficial visit there and I was blown away. It just seemed like a good fit."

What is your favorite part or aspect of Boulder?
"I grew up in the mountains in Mammoth, California, so it's getting back in the mountains. Colorado is known for its skiing and snowboarding. I just love the whole feel to it."

What impresses you most about head coach Dan Hawkins?
"I really like his philosophy. He straight out told me that they are there to win. This year they didn't do a very good job of that, but we are going to get in there, rebuild it and win some big games."

And the same question about your future position coach, what impresses you most about Coach Cabral?
"Coach Cabral is actually the coach that recruited me. So the thing that impressed me the most was just how into it he was. He text messaged me, he was all over it. And when I finally got a chance to meet him, I could just tell that he is a guy that demands respect. And that is really cool."

What specific workouts or training will you do this spring?
"Specifically I am trying to get that lateral speed going. I have to make sure I stay fast and track is going to help me a lot with that. I'm just making sure I am explosive and strong."

What will you bring to the Colorado football program?
"That's a tough question. Down the line I think I can bring a lot of leadership. I bring myself and everything that I am."

Who has been the biggest influence in your life as far as football is concerned?
"My guardian, John Beck. He was my freshman coach; he was my first football coach. He has been training me throughout my high school career."

Was there a time when it clicked for you, where you went on the football field and you had the confidence that you were one of the better players out there?
"I think it was probably my freshman year when the varsity head coach came up to me and told me that they wanted me to play on the varsity team."

How would you describe your personality off the football field?
"Off the football field I think I'm fun to hang out with."

What are some your other hobbies outside of football?
"I like to play video games, I like to hang out with friends and go up to the mountain."

What is your favorite kind of food?
"I like Mexican food"

Do you have a favorite movie?
"Sin City"

Do you have a pre-game ritual or tradition?
"Not really, I like to just think and prepare for the game mentally"

What was the best part of the recruiting process?
"Definitely my official visit. Because I was committed I only went on the one to Colorado. But when I was there, I had so much fun. It was great."

What was the worst part of the recruiting process?
"Worst part was probably just having to tell coaches that I am already committed."

Do you have any messages for Colorado fans?
"Get ready because we are coming back and taking it to the top."

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