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Shavers draws attention at The Opening Dallas

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Posted by MikeIbanez on 2016/3/19 12:22:13 (1217 reads)

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Lewisville junior WR Tyrell Shavers stretches to complete a pass in a play against Flower Mound last year. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)
By MIKE IBANEZ
sports@lewisvilletexan.com

The recruiting world has learned what Lewisville Farmers football fans have known for the last two years -- Tyrell Shavers is an elite high school wide receiver.

Shavers burst further onto the recruiting scene last weekend with a standout performance at The Opening Dallas -- a regional precursor to The Opening, the country’s most prestigious position-specific drill showcase in the country.

The one-day event, which took place in Coppell last Sunday, featured approximately 400 area football players who were measured, weighed, timed, and led through a variety of drills by former NFL and college coaches and players. The event is designed to mimic the NFL combine, a showcase for draft-eligible college players.

Shavers drew attention mainly by posting the second-fastest time in the 40-yard dash, a wind-aided 4.38 seconds. He also stood out in individual competition against the top area cornerbacks and safeties.


The rising senior didn’t advance to The Opening Finals, an invitation-only four-day event slated to take place this summer on the Nike campus in Beaverton, Ore. He did, however, catch the eye of many recruiting analysts and reporters, prompting a busy week of phone calls from the best college football coaches in the country.

Since his performance in Coppell, Shavers has received scholarship offers from Miami, Texas A&M, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas and Stanford. Prior to The Opening Dallas, he had earned offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa, Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech, Tulane, Baylor and Texas.

Alabama and Oklahoma State have even entertained the option of offering Shavers the option to play both football and baseball, according to recruiting experts. The 6-4, 200-pound left-hander is currently in the Farmer baseball team’s district pitching rotation.

Shavers is likely to become Lewisville’s second heralded recruit in two years. Senior Denzel Okafor recently signed a letter of intent to play football at Texas.

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