- The Washington Times - Friday, April 6, 2018

The great-grandson of legendary Alabama football coach Bear Bryant committed to play quarterback for the historic program.

Paul Tyson of Trussville, Alabama, is the No. 212 overall prospect in the Class of 2019 and the No. 5 pocket-passing quarterback by ESPN’s rankings.

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“It came down to Coach Key, Coach Enos and Coach Saban asking me to commit now. I felt the same calling when my Great Grandfather had when he was asked to come home,” Tyson wrote in a message posted to Twitter.

Bryant left the head coaching position at Texas A&M in 1958 in order to coach his alma mater Alabama, going on to win six national championships in the 1960s and 1970s.

Tyson will join a program that has sustained that success better than any college football program in the modern era. The Crimson Tide have won 22 total national championships and five since 2009, including last year’s title game over Georgia.

“It’s a family thing, but I definitely tried to look past that and just realize that I’m going to be here for four years and not let that decide where I go to college,” Tyson told ESPN. “I let the fan out of me, basically. I visited all different places and stayed open and just wanted to go where home is, and that’s Alabama.”

Tyson and his ancestor also share a first name — Bear Bryant’s first name is also Paul.

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